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Reviewed by Lisa McCombs for Readers' Favorite
We’ve all entertained the idea at one time in our lives, but when it actually happens the heart finds it difficult to accept the truth. When Austin applies for a passport to continue her studies in Paris, she is hit with a roadblock of epic proportions. The name means nothing to her, yet the Office of Vital Records insists she is actually one Kaitland Emily Brouchard. In the midst of a sudden romantic breakup, she doesn’t have time for this delay, especially since it includes the fact that her parents neglected to inform her of her adopted status. Of equal importance is the security of her cultural heritage. Was she truly Jewish? Did she have the right to claim that truth? Austin searches for her biological family against the wishes of those who raised her. What she discovers is a bittersweet reality of an uncomfortable yet comforting extended family.
Austin Nobel realizes that she has arrived at her destiny while questioning her genealogical roots in Secrets My Mothers Kept. Author Rebecca Tucker exhibits mesmerizing story-telling skills in this heartfelt, honest story of love and betrayal. Not only does Austin explore the realities of closed adoption, but the main character also shares a softer side of the LBGTQ community. In a world imprisoned in a seemingly constant state of cultural negativity, Rebecca Tucker addresses a myriad of timely themes that keep the reader engrossed. Fluid dialogue and a tightly formatted storyline set this novel aside in a refreshingly unique category all its own.