About The Author
Anne M. Strick has spent over twenty years in the movie industry. She has worked for Universal, Warners, Paramount and EMI, as a Unit Publicist, Project Coordinator and National Publicity Director, and with such Hollywood legends as Jack Nicholson, James Earl Jones, Sean Penn, Arnold Schwarzenegger, David Lynch, Sting and Dino De Laurentis, among many others. She has published theater reviews, articles in Parents Magazine, Frontier and The Nation, and six books: two novels, two self-help books, one memoir (a best-seller in Italy); and a non-fiction, scholarly critique of our adversary trial system. (”remarkable”). Born in Philadelphia, and educated at Bennington College and UCLA, she lives in Los Angeles.
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Intimate Strangers by Anne M. Strick
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing
Publication Date: January 5, 2011
Format: Paperback - 448 pages / Kindle - 334 KB / Nook - 1 MB
Genre: Contemporary Romance / Women's Fiction
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Disclaimer: I received a copy of the book from the author in exchange for my honest review and participation in a virtual book tour event hosted by Reading Addiction Blog Tours.
My Book Review:
Attorneys Georgie Allcheck and Dru Cunningham are partners in a law practice that specializes in adoption cases. They are dedicated to working with young pregnant women and prospective adoptive couples, assisting in the placement and adoption of their babies. They are also devoted to working on contested adoption cases, and it is such a case that is the main focus point of Intimate Strangers.
The contested adoption case revolves around the adoption of two year old Timothy Janus, who had been placed with and adopted by Lara and Theo Janus when he was four days old. After two years, Timmy's biological father has surfaced and is asserting his parental rights and contesting the adoption of his son, even though he has never taken care of his son. The Janus' are devastated that they may have to hand over their son to a man who was never in his life, so they retain Georgie and Dru to fight on their behalf. Georgie and Dru agree to take on the case and will do whatever it takes to protect the best interests of young Timmy and maintain the validity of his adoption.
Intimate Strangers is a passionate and compelling story that takes an inside look into the legal, ethical and moral issues involved in adoption cases. Author Anne M. Strick weaves a powerfully emotional and heart wrenching tale written in the third person narrative that focuses upon the journey of attorneys Georgie Allcheck and Dru Cunningham as they represent the Janus family in a contested adoption case. The storyline is well written and has intriguing subplots: the societal issue of adoption, the history of Georgie and Dru's traumatic pasts, and it even has romance in the mix. This is a riveting, emotional and thought provoking story that will pull at your heartstrings.
The author has created a variety of realistic and complex cast of characters who are human with flaws and issues that the reader can easily relate to. The focus of the story is on the relationship and past history of Georgie and Dru. They are two strong, passionate and compassionate women who fight for social justice in adoption cases. You can't help but get drawn into this story and feel empathy for the attorneys and Janus family. At the heart of the story is the social issue of adoption, as the story unfolds there are many twists and turns that engages the reader to follow along with the lives and concerns of the birth parents, the adoptive parents, the children and the attorneys.
Rich in detail and vivid descriptions, with strong characters and powerful dialogue and interactions, Intimate Strangers is a compelling story that shines a light on a very sensitive social issue that will resonate with you for a very long time.
RATING: 5 STARS *****