Shattered Embrace: A Novel: (Women's Fiction, International Adoption)

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Bethlehem took her first breath as her mother took her last.  Left to survive in overcrowded orphanages, she developed survival skills rivaling a warrior, a fierce, independent fighter before she could walk or talk. Bethlehem lived by two rules: everyone leaves and trust no one. 

A world away in Canada, Tory Witcraft and her husband are trying to adopt from Ethiopia. When the adoption agency goes bankrupt, Tory’s dreams of becoming a mother are threatened. Against the advice of many, including officials threatening to revoke the adoption, she goes to Ethiopia, and her new daughter, Bethlehem. When they finally meet, mother and daughter struggle to connect, both tormented by their own fears and demons. Emotions and tempers run hot. Hearts and dreams collide, shattering the new family. 

The adoption journey was difficult, but no one expected the hardest part of the journey would start after they met. 

An emotional and heart-wrenching glimpse into adoption and the devastating impact of childhood trauma.


Keywords: childhood, women's fiction, family life, depression, grief, loss, PTSD, trauma, adoption, parenting, Ethiopia, Canada

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About the author

P.R. (Piper) Newton is a mother, wife, Whovian, lover of animals and stripey socks, oh and she likes to write stories. Throughout her life she has been fascinated by the human mind. She has a Psychology degree, and for many years worked as a communications manager. Once children came stampeding into her life, she left her high pressure career in order to maintain a healthy life balance. She still has a passion for learning and the human mind. When she isn't busy raising her boys and writing stories, she takes courses in childhood trauma and mental health. She is very passionate about women's health, adoption, and childhood mental health. Learn more at http://prnewton.com

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PRN Publishing
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Published on
Mar 4, 2014
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Pages
396
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ISBN
9780992023270
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Contemporary Women
Fiction / Family Life
Fiction / Psychological
Psychology / Developmental / Child
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This is an honest and detailed account of living with a wearing,
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I read this book so that I would be able to better understand pelvic
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