Ellie Porte Parker and her husband know they can’t have children. They hope to adopt and go through the referral process with an international adoption agency. But Ellie’s husband is in his mid-forties and therefore doesn’t meet the requirements for many countries that allow international adoption. Just when Ellie thinks it’s hopeless, she receives a call from her caseworker. There’s a six-year-old boy in Russia who is in desperate need of a home. Ellie is a child psychologist and while she worries about Dima’s advanced age and lack of affection at the orphanage, in her heart she feels like this child is hers.
Back home in upstate New York, Ellie enlists the help of some Russian-speaking friends because Dima doesn’t speak a word of English. Her other challenge is that Dima can be sweet one minute and spin out of control the next minute. She is candid about the challenges she faces as both a new mother and a stepmother to her husband’s child from his first marriage, and how she juggles the two.
The bulk of the story takes place during Dima’s first year in the US. Toward the end of the book, the events seem a bit rushed. Suddenly Dima can speak fluent English and has no desire to converse in Russian. There was also little in the way of an epilogue to show what Dima is doing today. But besides those two points, the book is well executed and a testament to a mother’s love, no matter how she and her child meet.
The lives of an American woman and her husband change forever after they adopt a six-year-old boy from Russia.
Reviewed by SB Kason for IndieReader.