"Your book is great, Martha! Angrifying that you and your mom were so
mistreated by the agency! I will put a link in my online book store to the
amazon page."--Joe Soll (View his website:
"I've been meaning to tell you how truly wonderful, plus beautifully
crafted, your new book is. It radiates your energy---a greater than
i enjoyed your book so much. Are you going to do some kind of
continuation? My thoughts are I wonder what happens after families re-
connect. Does it continue? etc etc etc.....anyway, I truly loved it! And it
was interesting getting to know you better, even if it was thru a book.
Your book arrived today and I could hardly put it down as I began to
read it. Congratulations on achieving this expression of your
passionate lifelong search.
Keep writing!"I couldn't put your book down once I started reading--
totally gripping! Kudos for your unflagging persistence in overcoming
unbelievable obstacles. The book also gave me more insight into who
you are, and why. One friend has read the book, another is in the
middle of it, and another is waiting for it. I am going to order a couple of
copies--one for my sister, Roz. I also promoted it at my International
Relations meeting this week and will mention it in our March newsletter.
(I'm editing this little newsletter, and I'm going to send you a copy,
hoping you will have some advice on how to improve it.)
Finished “Coming Together” night before last, Martha. That’s a great
book. When the travel agent screwed up and sent you to TN after all
that waiting, I was fuming! And I knew it worked out all right in the end.
Martha’s book is really quite good. I think it would appeal to just about
anyone because it’s so straight-forward, emotional, and well-written, but
it would be of particular interest to anyone who is adopted, an adoptive
parent, the sibling of an adoptee, or the friend of any of the above. So,
just about EVERYONE.
It is a well-written, inspiring book..
I read your book tonight and many parts of it made me cry. I wish we
could have been closer over the years. . .We all speak of, and seek
closure, but I'm not sure it is ever complete.
-Mickey Foster, the author's birth brother
Last night I read your book, (Yes, the whole book). I'm glad I read it.
Congratulations, noted author.
I just finished your most interesting book. You have a wonderful way
with words.As I turned the pages, I felt I was there with you during the
entire frustrating process. It was a reminder of how difficult it was to
search back then. Ancestry.com & all the data bases make it much
easier now but you still need to have names! Many of the adoption
agencies still live in the dark ages and just don't get it. Job well done
Just a quick note to let you know how much I am learning from your
book, Coming Together, and Adoptee's Story. Well done! Fantastic
informative treasure of a book!
--Mary W. Black
I just finished your wonderful [book]. I made a cup of tea and snuggled
down to read. I couldn't put your riveting story down until I got to the
last page!!!! I am not adopted, but so many of the emotional feelings
and questions you have written so well parallel my own search for
'self.' Martha, your journey is so inspirational. I admire and appreciate
what you have done. I know it will be a great help to the many who are
searching for completion in their lives. It is so important. Many thanks
for sharing your book. I am so pleased to have it, and I'll share it with
some other friends.
--Ora Beth Cesarini
Coming Together is a book that is a must-read for any adoptee and
her/his families. Shideler is the Indiana Jones of adoptee searchers - I
pored through the book in one read. I won't even hint at any spoilers,
but I will say that I loved how honest she is in her frustration with
medical and adoption bureaucracies. If you have been adopted, are a
biological parent of an adoptee, or an adoptive parent, Shideler will let
you know that no matter what you feel, you are not alone. This needs to
be excerpted in Oprah's magazine!
Thanks so much for sending the book. I sat down and read the whole
thing some of which I knew. Awesome story Marty...when are you writing
I read most of your book last night and finished the rest this evening.
Quite a tale, all right. I'd heard some of the fragments before, but the
continuity made it a real page-turner! Of course it's quite revealing
about you, intimate details about your pain and your joys as well as
other qualities like your perseverance and your loves. It was a
wonderful and touching portrait. And a huge accomplishment!
I am devouring your book and learning a lot about syndromes that
apply to my niece and nephew. I am especially enjoying getting to know
you. Many thanks, it means a lot to me.
-Molly Lind Shirley
Coming Together arrived yesterday and I have just finished reading it.
You have educated me in regard to adoptees and their struggles. A
close friend (since second grade) was adopted, not aware of the fact
until she was in her teens. She didn't face your obstacles but did finally
connect with family members. I admire your spirit and determination.
[Another copy] was ordered and will make a nice gift.
I loved, loved, loved your book. It was absolutely wonderful. Thanks for
sharing your story. I'm not adopted, but three people who are very
important in my life are. That's what drew me to your book. I thought
you wrote an honest and thoughtful book.
--Teresa Burns Murphy
My sister REALLY enjoyed your book but said she wanted to know what
Read your book cover to cover in 1 hour flat. Thank you for expressing
many of the immense emotions I too have felt and hidden believing I
should be happy to be "chosen". There is a sense of extended family
for me with other adoptees. I guess a part of me will always try and feel
that connection lost when I was days old. Thank you for the gift,
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