by Brandi Rarus and Gail Harris
Zoe (originally called Celine) was placed in foster care as a newborn baby, adopted for a short time, then given up and placed back in foster care because the original adoptive parents didn’t realize she had significant hearing loss and felt they didn’t have the right tools to care for her properly. Zoe, still a baby, was finally adopted again by Tim and Brandi Rarus – a beautiful deaf couple with three hearing sons. I absolutely loved this book and the tender, compassionate way in which Brandi told her own story and the stories of each family that cared for Zoe up until she and her husband adopted Zoe for good. For all involved in Zoe’s life, it includes their stories of heartbreak, hope, love, personal growth. It’s also the story of a dream come true for the author and I love that they decided to have an open adoption and how Brandi’s family wanted to and was able to still keep Zoe connected to everyone who took care of her and loved her as she got older. Additionally, I learned a lot of fascinating things about the deaf community that I think everyone should know and would definitely read this book again. Highly recommend!