The Birth Mother by Seymour Ubell

The Birth Mother is a story filled with love, pathos, tragedy, and triumph. Read, laugh, cry, and learn. It's a tale you will never forget.

Synopsis -

On a business trip, a high-powered fifty-six-year-old American entrepreneur visits his partners in China. After their meeting, his Asian mentor invites him to an orphanage, a trip that will change the course of his family's life forever. Without hesitation, he and his wife fall in love with Anglo/Asian twin girls and become their adoptive parents. The children grow up in a world of twists and turns with multiple coincidences and synchronicity. Their journey takes them from China to Europe to America and back to China where their unusual birth mother enters their lives. This powerful story is filled with drama at every turn as the daughters face internal and external challenges. The Birth Mother is a story filled with love, pathos, tragedy, and triumph. Read, laugh, cry, and learn. It's a tale you will never forget.

Review - 

The Birth Mother is an interesting read.  The way the intro is written and the story told (supposedly switching between the author's voice and the adoptive father's voice) implies the book shares a true story. However, it is actually fiction, based on multiple true incidents from the author's many years spent in Asia.  You can read more about this in my interview with the author at the link below.

This book is full of coincidences. The cast of characters include many people living in widely different circumstances from poor to rich, from Asia to North America.  Some we follow intimately, others we are given but a small peek into their lives.  Each is important over the course of this story and as it progresses, these lives begin to slowly intertwine as their connections become revealed. And when one of the twin's lives is at stake, it is these very connections that will offer hope.

I really enjoyed reading The Birth Mother. My one hesitation is I found the author's choice to switch back and forth from supposedly his writing the words to a fictional father writing the words distracting.  It added an unneeded complication, especially as the written voice never really sounded different. But a great story overall.

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Meet the Author - 

Read a Fab Author Interview HERE -

Seymour Ubell has spent most of his career in the print and advertising business. His clients are, and have been, the largest apparel, footwear, pharmaceutical, retail and consumer products companies in the world. He is a published author (A Life of Risks Taken, 2014 and The Birth Mother, 2019), lecturer, and raises funds for Parkinson’s research when he’s not at the theater with his wife, Marsha.

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  1. Thank you so much for sharing this wonderful thought provoking novel.


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