Friday, November 8, 2013

TOUR STOP AND GIVEAWAY: Claiming Jeremiah by Missy B. Salick

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Release Date: April 4th 2013
Publisher: JJ Autumn Publishing

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Summary:
On the same night that twenty four-year-old Jordyn Sims has a miscarriage, her sister-in-law Tori Sims conceives a child. Nine months later, Tori, a long term heroin addict, abandons her two-hour-old drug addicted newborn Jeremiah, in a hospital stairwell. Jordyn receives the news and pursues foster adoption. However, Oscar, Tori's possessive drug-addicted boyfriend, is not about to give Jeremiah up so easily. While in confrontation with Tori and Oscar, Jordyn seeks help from the Administration of Children Services (ACS), only to discover she is faced with a maze of departments, regulations, legalities and overworked social workers. Jordyn, however, remains strong and continues to push through the uphill battle, even after she discovers she's pregnant.

With all odds against her adoption of Jeremiah, and her pregnancy at high risk from increasing stress, will Jordyn win this tough battle, or will her world crumble before her?

Claiming Jeremiah is a fictional memoir on foster adoption. It gives you an informative experience on what it is like to adopt from foster care while showing you the point of view of the birth parents.

 Review: So I was pretty excited to read this for a few reasons. One, this is my very first blog tour and the very first book I received specifically to review. Two, I'm very interested in adopting kids when I'm older. I don't really know why, but that's something I've always wanted to do. So when I saw this book, I jumped on the opportunity to read it. I'm so glad I did! This book was pretty informational in that area. You get to see the actual process you need to go through to foster/adopt a child. It's a long, painful process in many cases. I really enjoyed this book, both for its facts and for its great storytelling
 
Characters:
I admired Jordyn from the very beginning. She's just such a strong character- determined, willful. I couldn't help wanting to be like her one day. Particularly because of everything she went through trying to get custody of her nephew. I felt like I could really connect with her. I totally understood where she was coming from. Her past was rather shocking, but explained why she is the way she is.
Her husband, Julian, isn't really a huge presence in the story, which sounds kind of unusual, but somehow made sense. Even though it is his nephew, he's too busy with work too do much about it. Jordyn was really busy, too, but again, she's the strong character. She makes all the calls, does all the paperwork, makes sure everything is being sent on time and getting to where it's supposed to go. Julian does follow through in the end, and it was nice to see that. He's really a good guy.
Now comes another thing that made the story interesting. Tori is Jeremiah's birth mother. Salick takes us through her experiences and reactions and really, it made for a great perspective. Personally, I pitied Tori. At times I disliked her and at times she really ticked me off. But overall, whenever her story was revealed, I just felt a lot of sadness. But I admire her for what she did later on. Seeing the perspective of the birth mother was really interesting, especially when you compared it to what Jordyn was doing trying to be Jeremiah's foster/adopted mother.
The boyfriend/Jeremiah's dad. He absolutely ticked me off. No doubt about. He is an awful human being and he has the nerve to pretend otherwise. I love that I think that because that just mean Salick did a really good job in creating characters.
 
Plot:
This is a fictional memoir and I must say that this is great fiction. The story is absolutely amazing. There are so many plot twists and unexpected developments. It was really very exciting to read. Especially the ending. But I won't ruin it for you.
All I have to say is this. The only thing I didn't like about it was the little epilogue at the end. It left a lot up in the air. This is fine if there's going to be some sort of sequel. But I got the impression that this might be a stand-alone. And I generally don't like up-in-the-air endings.
Overall, this is a great story with useful facts and interesting characters. I am glad I got to read it because this is something I will definitely be using as a reference later on in life. Both factually and philosophically.
 
Rating: 4.5 stars
Why: It was a great, perspective-altering story. I am so glad I read it. I just wish it had a more satisfying ending.
 
Recommendation: realistic fiction lovers, as well as memoir lovers. This has a lot of... difficult scenes, so to speak. At times it was rather graphic. I would recommend this to adults or really mature readers.
 
Quotes:
 
"Julian felt a stab of anger at the doctor’s dismissal of his wife’s condition and the suggestion that they can try again, as if they had just lost a football game instead of a child."

"I can’t do this anymore. I can’t live like this. I’m leaving O and I’m gonna get clean. Then Oscar appeared flashing the bags in front of her eyes and at that moment, she lost it."

“Your sister did that? She abandoned her baby? Just left him in the hospital alone?”

“What time is your mom going to the hospital?”

“Babe, my mom doesn’t have time to visit the baby. She’s already watching Maggie and Adrianna’s kids, remember? She can’t handle another responsibility. And if she visits the baby she’ll only want to take him. She just can’t do it.”

“What do you mean, Julian? Who’s going to see the baby? Who’s going to take care of him?”

“I don’t know, Jordi. I just learned about this a moment before you did. No one in my family is able to care for him. I mean a newborn is a lot of work. He’ll need food, diapers, day care . . . it’s just too much. He’ll have to go into foster care, I guess.”

“It’s not right to leave a newborn by himself. He didn’t ask to be born.”

“O, that is our son. We can’t leave him. We have to at least let someone know where he is. We left him in the stairwell. The stairwell! No one will find him.”

"Jordyn: Baby Boy Cortez?

Social Worker: Yes, Baby Boy Cortez. You see, the mother didn’t stay around long enough to name him. When a child is born they’re automatically entered into the system as Baby Boy or Baby Girl followed by the last name of the mother. In this case, Baby Boy Cortez. The social worker comes by and officially names the child and fills out the papers for a birth certificate and social. Since the mom left, the only information we have is Baby Boy Cortez. Strange case this is."

"Julian daydreamed about being able to drop Jeremiah off at soccer practice and take his baby girl to
gymnastics. He wanted to give them the life he never had: family dinners, homework, a stable environment, and a life full of activities and love."

“How come no one want to see such a pretty baby? He blessing from God, ju know.”

“Yeah, I know.” Jordyn couldn’t say anything else.

"But he knew she would never reach her six-month mark at Children’s Wings. She would fly back home to North Carolina and become a schoolteacher or seek a profession involving kids not in the system. Her naiveté about the reality of the cold New York streets would keep her from getting the job done. Her family-oriented habits would drive her home early nights while her cases would pile up. Her innocence to the unseen and unheard would crush her spirits and cause her many sleepless nights."

"The system is so screwed up. I can’t believe this is what it takes to get custody of your own relative. The system complains about how they need volunteers because there are so many kids in care. I now see why. Who would want to go through this? No one, if they didn’t have to. I can only imagine what it’s like for the kids in care that don’t have people on the outside fighting for them. Being in foster care is like being in a kiddy prison. You just wait and wait for someone to visit and write, or until you get your release date."

"What had begun as mountains of red tape became a wonderful blessing from God."
 

About the author
Missy B. Salick is a writer, Entrepreneur, Philanthropist and Literary and Start-up Business Consultant. When she's not writing or promoting foster adoption, Missy can be found volunteering at Junior Achievement, being a Big Sister and counseling young girls through the iJournalNow Project or helping to save the Polar Bears with WWF.
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I know I'm the last stop of the tour, but there's a tour wide giveaway going on so don't forget to enter!
 
 
 
I received a copy from IFB Tours in exchange for an honest review. This in no way affected my opinion of the book.
 
-Wolfie
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1 comment:

  1. Great review and quotes. Thanks for participating :)

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