Tuesday, May 13, 2014
MAMALITA: AN ADOPTION MEMOIR (JESSICA O'DWYER)
Seal Press|October 19, 2010|Trade Paperback|ISBN: 978-1-58005-334-1
Jessica O'Dwyer is the adoptive mother of two children born in Guatemala, Olivia and, Mateo.
Jessica and her doctor husband went to hell and back trying to get their daughter out of Guatemala. It wasn't the most pleasant experience of their lives. Dealing with corrupt people, knowing who to trust and who not to trust was one of their biggest hurdles. From lost documentation to cover-ups it didn't seem as though this couple was ever going to get Olivia home to America.
The strength and courage they showed in the face of adversity and threats was humbling. Jessica eventually moved to Guatemala to live there with Olivia in the hope of expediting the process but it still took over a year to get her out of the country. The reading was riveting and I read this book in one sitting, it was an amazing story to say the least.
I commend them both on their dedication, motivation, and stamina to stay with the program against all odds. No matter what was thrown up in their faces, they trudged on and found a way through the muck and mire. Exceptional memoir!