Disclosure: I received this book to review through iRead Book Tours, I have volunteered to share my review and all the opinions are 100% my own.
Warning: This book is considered to be PG-13 + M. There is a rape scene that does not go into graphic detail, but the after affects are talked about and it may be a trigger. Deals with birth and babies. Mild language.
On a business trip, a high-powered fifty-six-year-old American entrepreneur visits his partners in China. After their meeting, his Asian mentor invites him to an orphanage, a trip that will change the course of his family’s life forever. Without hesitation, he and his wife fall in love with Anglo/Asian twin girls and become their adoptive parents. The children grow up in a world of twists and turns with multiple coincidences and synchronicity. Their journey takes them from China to Europe to America and back to China where their unusual birth mother enters their lives. This powerful story is filled with drama at every turn as the daughters face internal and external challenges. The Birth Mother is a story filled with love, pathos, tragedy, and triumph. Read, laugh, cry, and learn. It’s a tale you will never forget.
This was not my ‘norm’ genre for reading. I am more of a romance, thriller, fantasy, paranormal… anything but just “adult fiction” genre reader. But, if you have followed my reviews, you know that I judge a book by the cover and the cover of this book spoke to me.
I do not regret for a nanosecond that I read this book. I highly enjoyed it and found myself completely immersed in the reading.
First and foremost, the author and the lead characters “arguments” made for an entertaining read. Being a fiction story, it was humorous that the author and the lead character were vying for who could tell what parts of the story. It definitely gave the book a more natural, more real aspect to it and definitely intrigued me.
The story was a full circle story. We followed a handful of different characters that were important to the plot – a young teenage Chinese girl who was sold by her father to a more prominent family as an employee; a successful and worldly businessman; the successful, worldly businessman’s wife and adopted twin daughters who were born in China; a Swiss business man with a family and terrible secret; the teenage girl’s brother who survived childhood illness; a business man who plays matchmaker. All of these characters play individual and vital roles to the story, but in the end, create a complete circle.
The end of the book had a lot of… spiritual/religious undertones, but in a sense that I had never thought of before. It definitely had me thinking, but at the same time, I did feel it was a little much. On the other hand, it made perfect sense and fit into the entire circle that was created throughout the story and while originally I did not think it had a place in the story; it most certainly did.
I cannot put into words how… amazed, I was with this read, with this story, with the characters, with the pieces that all fell into place to make this the story that it was. I really enjoyed The Birth Mother and highly recommend to anyone who enjoys a good, well written, adult fiction read.
About the Author
Seymour Ubell has spent most of his career in the print and advertising business. His clients are, and have been, the largest apparel, footwear, pharmaceutical, retail and consumer products companies in the world. He is a published author (A Life of Risks Taken, 2014 and The Birth Mother, 2019), lecturer, and raises funds for Parkinson’s research when he’s not at the theater with his wife, Marsha.