This was an interesting book to read; one that actually felt so raw at times that I had to leave it for a while before I could continue, despite moments of laughter and joy throughout.
This is a true story of Robin who gives up her baby for adoption in 1965, and then resumes her life. Ten days later her child Florence is adopted, re-named Susannah and many years later, with the laws enabling contact between relinquishing mothers and adoptees changed, starts a journey to re-connect with her biological mother.
The story is told by both Robin and Susannah [and occasionally others] alternating their viewpoints, and shows how sometimes we misunderstand or miss the critical cues when a word of love or comfort could change so much.
As someone who both remembers a friend giving up her baby for adoption in the 1970s, and who had childhood friends in the 1960s who were adopted, it made me wonder how many people have set off on this journey and what the outcomes might have been. The book goes to the very essence of what we expect motherhood and family to be.
Reviewed by Lee-Anne
Title: Heartlines: the year I met my other mother
Author: Susannah McFarlane