Book Review: Intimate Strangers

October 29, 2012 at 12:58 am Leave a comment

Title: Intimate Strangers
Author: Anne M. Strick
Genre: Contemporary Fiction, Romance
Publisher: Createspace
Published on: January 5th 2011
Buy: Amazon (Paperback) | Amazon (Kindle) | B&N

This wonderful book is the first to focus on one aspect of man’s inhumanity to child that has crossed my path many times: that confusing world of adoptions. Anne M. Strick artfully sets up parallel adoption scenarios that immerse the readers in the very heart of the characters – birth parents, adoptive parents, and most importantly, the hearts of children themselves. With this book, she gives us the impetus to legally, practically and morally move to fulfill for our children the promise of the Pledge of Allegiance – “With Liberty and Justice for All!” Heart-catching, suspense, hot tears and hot sex.

Review:

Brilliantly written, this manifest for better rights for children, specifically adopted children, is a must-read. Intimate Strangers starts with introducing us to the two protagonists: Georgie and Dru. Although very different from each other, they formed an unlikely alliance back in college, when they both signed up for law school. Georgie is outgoing and social, ambitious, a woman fully aware of her sexuality, and not afraid to dive into relationships based only on sex. Love, that’s something completely different for Georgie, and something she does have trouble with. The only man she ever felt anything close for is Macauley, but he never wanted anything beyond the bedroom.

Georgie’s history is riddled with secrets, most of them painful. She lost a child, and that loss has been dragging her down ever since. By working at an adoption center, she tries to give other people the happiness she lost when her son died. Her life story is a moving account of a woman who keeps getting knocked down by life, and who keeps struggling to get up.

Dru is another story alltogether. Being raised by a Mom who bordered on the lines of insane, she tries to blend in, but always stands out. Timid and scared, she can also be passionate and brave. She’s a contradiction of emotions, which makes her one of the most intriguing characters I’ve read about all year. She has a problem with caring for anyone besides her dog, an issue sterming from her less-than-perfect childhood. It’s not that she doesn’t care for people in general – she’s obviously very involved in her job and helping out – it’s just that she can’t let anyone in. Her house is a safely-crafted haven she made for herself, an escape from the world outside.

When Georgie and Dru hear about the Timmy Janus case, they decide to help out. Timmy Janus was adopted about three years ago by a couple who raised him with love and care. But now, his biological Dad, who is a no-lifer, who abused his Mom while she was pregnant and who hasn’t cared for the kid ever since he was born, wants him back. As they eagerly await a DNA test, hoping it proves the man is not Timmy’s biological Dad and therefore has no claim on him, Georgie and Dru do whatveer they can to help out. But the case brings back things they thought they’d hidden years ago, emotions they never wanted to experience again. It will change them, their friendship, and the way they look at life forever.

Then Macauley, Georgie’s long, lost love, returns back in the picture, and she must come to terms with what she’s been hiding for him as well. As Timmy’s uncle, he’s very involved in the case, and interviews people all over the country in hopes of raising enough awareness so the judges would rule in their favor. One of the people he choses to interview is Georgie. Can she tell him the truth, or will she fall back on lies?

The worst part? In the USA, the Timmy Janus case would probably be ruled in favor of the biological Dad. When reading that – it’s added to the back of the book – I almost started to cry. We live in a justice system that cares not for the well-being of our children, but that cares about the ‘rights’ of people who didn’t want the child at first, and were abusive to the child’s mother. This makes me wonder what’s wrong with our world.

Disclaimer: I received a review copy through Enchanted Book Promotions. I received no monterary compensation for this review. This review tells my own opinion about this book.

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