Heartlines has been out for a little while now and Robin and I are thrilled to be receiving emails from a wide range of readers who have both enjoyed it and found it has helped them think about their own family relationships in some way. By writing Heartlines we wanted to start a conversation about the realities of family connection, love and forgiveness and it seems that it has definitely happened based on the reviews it has been receiving.
Below are some of the comments kind readers and reviewers have been making about Heartlines … and if you haven’t read it yet make sure you pick up a copy soon!
‘Raw and emotional, this true story of an adopted daughter reconnecting with her birth mother after 50 years reveals why even the most difficult relationships are worth fighting for. While the themes – abandonment, anger, love, and courage – might be universal, this distinctly personal retelling is unique. You’ll laugh, cry and reflect on your own childhood … and then you’ll tell everyone you know to read this book!’ – Woman’s Day
‘What a ripping story … so compelling!’ – Patricia Karvelas, The Drawing Room, ABC Radio National
‘It is the first time, in a long time, that I can recall having such a visceral relationship with any book. It both delighted me, and unnerved me.’ – Grant
‘Heartlines is … the heart-warming adoption reunion story you have to hear.’ – John and Garry Radio 2UE
‘This is a beautiful book. I loved every honest word. It’s stunning.’ – S. Stamakatis
‘I devoured the book.’
‘I loved (fully absorbed, touched, impressed, verging on obsessed) the book. An inspiration.’ – Renee
‘I have just for the second time in a week read your and Robin’s heart rending story and want to say I am inspired by your honesty and willingness to lay open the bones of your hurt and the commencement of your healing … Thank you for sharing a story that really does render the phrase heartlines as something that can humanistically describe the awful institution that adoption was all those years ago.’ – Dijanne
‘A beautiful, honest book.’ – Sally
‘I started reading it at night – bad mistake as I couldn’t put it down.’ – Danielle
‘A brave account of their personal, ultimately rewarding experience of reconnection. This is a book for those who have tried and failed to find each other or perhaps want to try again.’ – Diane Dempsey, The Age/SMH
‘Heartlines is recommended for all parties involved in adoption search and reunion – adopted people, birth parents, adoptive parents and extended family on both sides – as it respectfully engages with difficult events and the myriad of emotions that emerge and flow from exploring the fragility and strengths of human relationships, particularly the indivisible bond between mothers and their children.’ – Thomas Graham, Ipsify
‘I finished reading your co-authored book, and would like to say how mightily impressed I was. Congratulations too, to you and your Mum, on the publishing of the book, and of-course to your reunion! … Yours is the first book I’ve read for nearly twenty years … but I did just want to touch-base, to say: “Well done! Loved your book!”’ – Jason