A book review by Kirsty Cooke

Adopty Mum is written by Elena Holmes. It is an honest and at times humorous account of dealing with infertility and moving on to adoption. The book covers a whole host of topics from making the adoption application to celebrations of progress and developing attachments.

Due to my profession and my natural desire to help children and families I read a wide range of books on attachment, therapeutic parenting, adoption and self-care. Some books I find a “difficult” read and often find myself flicking back a few pages because my mind has wondered. I gain so much more from reading real life stories from adopters.  Each chapter in this book relates to a different aspect of the families journey.

There are very practical and down to earth accounts of their day-to-day experiences of real life experiences like holidays, schooling, making friends and meeting strangers.

The book is a very easy and relaxed read whilst still addressing the ups and downs of a very challenging journey. It does not “sugar coat” reality. The book made me laugh and become quite  emotional at times and made me feel like I was listening to a friend. It is such an easy read I finished the book in a day.

The descriptions of how the family as a whole address and cope with situations are very helpful. I understand every child and family will encounter different issues, but this book will make you feel confident that you can deal with whatever comes next.