#BlogTour! #Review – Two Voices, One Story by Elaine & Amy Masters @authoright @authorightukpr

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Two Voices, One Story

This is the true story of a girl called Amy and the English “mother” who adopted her from an institute in China when she was just a baby.

It’s a story about love, family and identity; and the unbreakable bond between mother and daughter.

When Amy came to be adopted in 1999, China’s then notorious one-child policy had given rise to a generation of missing girls. Amy was one of them, destined to life in an orphanage if she was lucky enough to survive. That is, until she was adopted by a loving British couple who were desperate to give her the home she deserved; Elaine and Lee.

In this moving autobiography, Amy and Elaine chart their own personal experiences of their shared adoption story. Theirs is not a political account, but one which is open about the challenges of adopting a child from a foreign country and the long journey that follows; from China to the UK and from infancy through to adolescence, as Amy and her new family learn and grow together.

Now a bright and ambitious young woman on the eve of her eighteenth birthday, Amy is braced for an exciting journey into adulthood, one which her proud mother is delighted to be able to share.

Two Voices, One Story is a frank but uplifting account of the complex adoption process and the profound relationship between a mother and her adopted child.

What does TWG think?

What intrigued me about this story at first, was the title and the blurb (believe it or not, yes, I actually read a blurb). The adoption process is something I don’t have much knowledge about, but then again, I haven’t needed to know anything as I have never gone through it myself. However, Amy and Elaine have. Amy was born in 1999, China. A time where the severity of the outcome due to having more than one child, was incredibly high. There were only a certain amount of options for baby Amy to choose from, except she wouldn’t have any choice in the matter, seeing as she was too little to decide anything apart from eating and sleeping. Orphanage? Death? Adoption? What a predicament to be in at the start of your life. The time where you should be surrounded by people who love you instead of being faced with 2/3 uncertainties (whether you’re aware of them or not). Very sad.

Amy and Elaine have shared their own personal story from adoption, to the present moment. Both women get to have their say and explain things from their own points of views, as the chapters switch between them both. It’s a very lovely account of a mothers love towards her daughter and the obvious joy of being able to adopt Amy, creating a safe haven for their new family.

But, despite the interesting facts behind adoption and how turbulent that time can be for everyone involved, the only other thing to keep my interest was where Amy was born and the history behind that at the time. I couldn’t quite see made this book stand out from the others in a similar genre. I do understand how the family must have been over the moon to adopt their long-awaited child, after losing their biological child, don’t get me wrong. But why a book? Is this going to encourage every single adoptee to write a book about the love their new parents gave them? Isn’t loving your child part and parcel of being a parent? I couldn’t fathom the constant justification of their mother/daughter relationship.

However, even though I had a few reservations, I did enjoy reading about the processes they went through, especially given how hard it must have been to relive their own heart breaking moment before they adopted Amy. Amy and Elaine’s story highlights how important it is to be one hundred percent sure about adopting. It is a life long commitment. The child(ren) are not an object you can return for a refund if they turn out differently to what you thought. Elaine, especially, reiterates how you need to fully committed to the process and the child, as well as being open-minded about the future and what questions your new addition to the family, may bring to the table. I admire Elaine’s strength. I admire Elaine for adopting Amy and pretty much saving her life.

‘Two Voices, One Story’ opened my eyes to the topic of adoption and exactly how much joy it can bring if it’s handled correctly, and lovingly.

Thank you Authoright.

Buy now from Amazon UK

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#BlogTour! #Review – The Frog Theory by Fiona Mordaunt (@fionamordaunt) @AuthorightUKPR

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The Frog Theory by Fiona Mordaunt is a tale of survival and love, blending the eye-opening dangers of domestic violence with the hope found in the healing power of love and others.

What does TWG think?

With a book title like ‘The Frog Theory’ and a cover full of frog faces, how can you be anything BUT curious? I did think to myself at first, ‘what the tadpole is the frog theory?!’, but I could have kicked myself once it became clear as it’s pretty well-known! Doesn’t mean it’s listened to mind you, but it’s still well known to say the least.

I found that this novel split into two separate groups as it were; the loyal lads and the dramatic diva’s. On one ‘side’ there were lads who were loyal to those close to them, including girls. On the other ‘side’ though, you have the girls who think they could do anything they wanted (even things that they probably shouldn’t), and as long as they kept it to themselves it was deemed ‘okay’. Overall, they were all, to me, seen as the ‘popular’ groups at school. The ones you wanted to be, hang out with and would go along with them on anything and everything, regardless of the outcome. But, is that just a façade?

Fiona Mordaunt has highlighted such an important factor within her novel; the fact that everyone is FAR too quick to judge people based on what they can see or what they choose to believe. One of the characters in the novel has a lifestyle many would probably dream about; but that’s from the outside. Nobody knows what Clea is dealing with.

Overall, I thought the underlying message was such an important one to convey, especially in this day and age. I thought that the novel was written really well, it didn’t become too heavy even despite of what subjects the storyline contained. ‘The Frog Theory’ was a pleasant read, more so as it had me chuckling several times and feeling the love. Not my usual reading material I’ll admit, but most definitely a welcomed change.

Thank you Authoright!
Buy now.

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#BlogTour! Pee Wee The Christmas Tree by George Wells. @authorightukpr

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Blurb.

Heart-warming illustrated story about a Christmas tree overlooked for his small size who
refuses to give up on finding a family to spend the holidays with.
For years, Pee Wee has lived in the shadow of the bigger trees on the Christmas farm.
Without enough sunlight to grow tall and strong, he has been forced to watch helplessly as
the other bigger and more attractive trees are picked every year, going home with a happy
family. Just as Pee Wee is about to give up hope that he will ever get the chance to bring joy
to a family during the holiday season, he is finally cut down to be sold!

After years of waiting, Pee Wee is disappointed to find that he is still overlooked by
customers wanting fuller trees to decorate. With his dream of celebrating Christmas with a
family of his own fading fast, he is at last discovered by two children who tell their father that
they found one that is the perfect size. Driven back to their home and adorned with lights
and decorations, Pee Wee is finally able to accomplish his life’s big dream: to make children
happy at Christmas!

Pee Wee the Christmas Tree by George Wells is the perfect story for young kids this holiday
season, encouraging them to never give up on their own dreams and proving that – large or
small – there is room for us all.

Buy: Amazon UK | Amazon US

What does TWG think?

Step aside Rudolph as there is another cute little fellow fighting for attention this year; and he goes by the name Pee Wee! That’s right girls and boys, Rudolph isn’t the only memorable character this Christmas now that Pee Wee is on the scene! Poor Pee Wee is a little small. Usually size wouldn’t matter, but seeing as Pee Wee is a Christmas tree, families seem to reach for the taller trees first meaning Pee Wee is left on his own. Such a shame for a little tree! He just wants a family to love him for who he is, rather than the size he is not.
Luckily for Pee Wee, two children shout to their father that he is a perfect tree. Maybe Pee Wee will get his happily ever after this Christmas?

One word; AWWWW!!!! Poor Pee Wee!!! As far as trees go, he is on the cute side I must admit. His poor little face when he realises he isn’t getting cut, again, it’s such a shame!
I loved the illustrations as they’re so bright and colourful, they will certainly get children’s attention rather quickly. Not too complicated either, they stand out in such a simple yet effective way.

I think that this is such a great book for children as it sheds light on something very important; judgement. Nobody should be judging anyone else based on their looks, Christmas trees included! Regardless of how many people think that we are far from perfect, there will always be someone who will feel that you are more than perfect. Be who you are and there will always be someone who loves you. I’m glad Pee Wee ended up happy!
Thank you Authoright!

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About the author.

George Wells has been a songwriter for over fifty years with over 100 of

his songs having been recorded. He has worked with artists including Charlie Walker, Neil
Bonnett and Patsy Trigg and has had a song featured in the 1969 film, From Nashville With
Music, as well as numerous television and radio programs over the course of his career.
Wells currently resides in Huntsville, Alabama. Pee Wee the Christmas Tree is his second
book

Blog Tour! The Be Careful Home Series by Kriss Keller (@BeCarefulHome)@AuthorightUKPR

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Today is my stop on the blog tour for the ‘Be Careful – Home’ series, thank you to AuthorightUKPR for inviting me! I am ever so gutted that I wasn’t able to physically hold these books as planned (hence my late posting) as I think that these are such brilliant books for parents and little fingers alike.

Why?

The Be Careful series covers ‘Hot Things’ and ‘Sharp Things’, two topics that little people will be wondering about every single day. Now, if you’re not a parent, do not fret; even if you work with children, or there are young children in your family, these books are a fabulous read regardless of height and age!

Obviously, the most important clientele of these particular books are our little people; our very inquisitive and impressionable little ones. Several things stood out for me with both books, not only are the pictures bold and attention grabbing, the words are written as little rhymes which is a sure-fire way to hold a little one’s attention too. I noticed that the font of the books is very easy to read (handy for when they are learning how to read themselves). Also, the content reiterates exactly how dangerous sharp and hot objects can be for little fingers.

I am incredibly impressed by these books because they’re aimed towards the children as opposed to a ‘do’s and don’ts’ manual for adults. Absolutely brilliant and highly recommended!

To buy links:

Sharp Things – Amazon UK
Hot Things – Amazon UK

About the author:

Kriss Keller is the art brand founded in 2014 by Kristina Kucerova. Kucerova studied teaching and Fine Art at the Comenius University in Bratislava. She went on to study graphic communications at St. Louis Community College in the United States. She has built a career working as a child care professional with clients around the world. Her writing is inspired by her work with children, and she combined her graphics skills with a desire to prevent childhood injuries. Kucerova lives and works currently at Zurich, Switzerland.

Author Links:

Website
Be Careful – Home Facebook Page
Twitter
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