Tuesday, March 14, 2017

You Carried Me, A Daughter’s Memoir by Melissa Ohden

A baby facing serious medical challenges was adopted into a loving home. With much love and support, Melissa flourished. When she was in 8th grade, her sister made an angry comment about her birth and her mother had to explain the horrible truth that Melissa’s birth mother had aborted her, but she lived.

This is not exactly a story about abortion, but more about searching for and reaching out to her birth family and maturing into a young woman with her own family. It is about an amazing spirit of forgiveness. The best part of the book is that the way her story unfolds. The birth extended family was reluctant, but little by little Melissa learned about her birth family. She has faced numerous struggles throughout her life, but her spirit of love and forgiveness shines all through the book.

The only thing that bothered me about the book was that she told a story about a famous person’s numerous abortions. I guess it had previously been made public, but I thought it was not her story to tell, and it sounded too much like gossip.

As sad as her story is, it is a very uplifting book. She has overcome so much and has come out of it as a positive, strong person.

I received a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.


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