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Safely Home
Susan Wilbur, author
We went overseas to adopt our son from Russia. We met him when he was 7 months and was told we could bring him home in four to six weeks. The Russian judicial system at that time took a political stance against international adoption. We fought the Russian government and won after ten months. We wound up getting pregnant during the adoption process and now have two boys. Our adopted son was almost two by the time we brought him home to welcome his baby brother five months later.
Plot/Idea: 9 out of 10
Originality: 10 out of 10
Prose: 9 out of 10
Character/Execution: 9 out of 10
Overall: 9.25 out of 10

Assessment:

Plot: Safely Home is the riveting, dynamic story of the grueling efforts, trials, and tribulations that Wilbur and her husband endured to successfully adopt a baby from Russia.

Prose: This book is very descriptive and emotionally-charged, without being sentimental. Wilbur has shared with readers a realistic look at how frustrating and frightening the international adoption process can be.

Originality: While adoption memoirs are not rare, Wilbur composes her story with the same finesse as a seasoned novelist. 

Character Development: Starting with her parents, and continuing with the characters the author and her husband meet along the road to adoption, the cast of this book is realistically and carefully depicted, and the impact these individuals had on Wilbur's new family before, during, and after the adoption process is evident and heartwarming. 

Date Submitted: August 31, 2018

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