Eleanor hires Isabelle, a search angel, to find her birth mother. As a single woman, Eleanor suddenly has many more challenges to the adoption, o Adoption is the focus of The Search Angel. Her wish is finally granted in the form of Sylvie, an orphaned baby en route from earthquake-stricken Baja California. I'm a Picoult fan but I'm going to go ahead and say that they're pretty much on par with each other. The characters and the story had plenty of seriousness, but were related in a light way, with lots of good, gentle humour that brought them to life. Eleanor hires Isabelle, a search angel, to find her birth mother. For any individual who has been affected by adoption - either giving up a child, being the child given up, or witnessed it as a family member-- I think this story will feel genuine.
The characters and the story had plenty of seriousness, but were related in a light way, with lots of good, gentle humour that brought them to life. Let's be honest, Eleanor Sweet isn't necessarily the most likable character. With smart, redolent writing, Cohen has delivered another winner. Her wish is finally granted in the form of Sylvie, an orphaned baby en route from earthquake — stricken Baja California. But as Cohen soon makes clear, the issues around abortion are as complicated as ever. Cohen then cuts to Boston in 2010, where it's a new and very different world.
The central character is named Eleanor Sweet. The characters and the story had plenty of seriousness, but were related in a light way, with lots of good, gentle humour that brought them to life. The minor characters were quirky. I could not put it down, and those are the only clichés you will read with regards to this book. Catherine McKenzie, author of Hidden The Search Angel is not only beautifully written and populated with achingly real characters, it also strikes a delicate balance between incisive humour and the sadness and joy that are the inevitable by-product of love.
Her wish is finally granted in the form of Sylvie, an orphaned baby en route from earthquake — stricken Baja California. She returns to her room, gets dressed, leaves the hospital and lights a cigarette. The morning they are getting ready to hop into the taxi cab to head to the airport to pick up their baby girl, Jonathan backs out of the deal. First off, I know a pretty fair amount about infertility and the author over-simplified when she stated that the 35 year old main character couldn't conceive and that was final. There is nothing better than spending a lazy day with a good book and a nice hot cup of tea! Having grown up in Los Angeles, Orange County and Montreal, Cohen now calls Toronto home.
There are likely few things more painful than giving up a child, and Cohen fearlessly dives into this agony within the first few pages of the novel. A little baby left without a mother after a devastating earthquake in Baja California. Adopted herself, Eleanor has always been reluctant to search out her birth mother, afraid of what she might find. This book first caught my interest because I'm an adoptee myself. Eleanor learns that she will be approved for an adoption as a single mother only if she has a strong support system intact. At the centre of the novel is Eleanor Sweet, the owner of an upscale baby-supply store who is struggling to have a child of her own.
Eleanor is infertile, and her plans to adopt are put in jeopardy when her husband gets cold feet and backs out of both the adoption and their marriage. Eleanor is repeatedly described as precise and self-protected, and this is one place where I felt Cohen could have placed more trust in her reader. It's a serene atmosphere of new beginnings but for the sounds of punk and funk coming from the graffiti-splattered new record shop next door and Eleanor's fierce desire for a baby of her own. If the husband was fertile and the wife was not, then they could have had a baby that was biologically his, etc. Orphaned as a young woman herself and determined to give Lily the family she deserves, Eleanor hires Isabelle, a search angel, to find her own birth mother. Eleanor hires Isabelle, a search angel, to find her birth mother.
Read the rest of Keriann's review on The Savvy Reader. Unlike in 1969, a modern single woman might be desperate for motherhood. Susan Juby, author of The Woefield Poultry Collective The Search Angel is a page-turner. But she is determined to save the adoption and to give Sylvie the family she deserves. The author should have proofread the story more carefully, but even more to the point, her editor, or copyeditor at the very least, should have caught these mistakes. The search Angel has issues of her own. Also, the synopsis on Goodreads says the baby is named Lily and from Ko This book was very misleading in its synopsis.
Marissa Stapley Ponikowski is a Toronto-based writer who teaches at the University of Toronto and Centennial College. Her wish for a child is finally granted in the form of Lily, an abandoned baby en route from Korea. But that elephant in the room never goes away. The author investigates the pros and cons of adoption from various angles, only occasionally slipping into clichés about the true meaning of family. But she is determined to save the adoption and to give Sylvie the family she deserves. Story of coping, motherhood in all its forms.