Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Until We All Come Home: A harrowing journey, a mother's courage, a race to freedom by Kim de Beecourt with Ginger Kolbaba

In recent years, I've read several international adoption stories.  Each one was an emotional tale of anticipation, hope, setbacks, and love that grew so quickly and went so deep, that nothing could stop the determined parents, not even foreign governments.  Until We All Come Home is another such story.  From the time Kim de Blecourt and her husband decide to adopt to the day mom and new son Jake arrive in Michigan, it is over four years.  The first years were spent finding an adoption agency, saving the necessary money, and preparing their young daughter.  Kim was delighted when she found an agency that worked in the Ukraine partly because she had accompanied her church on a mission trip there years earlier.  However, I doubt she had any idea just how difficult their new journey would be.

When Kim, her husband, daughter Jacey, and father-in-law arrived in the Ukraine in May 2009 they felt their hearts were ready to accept a new son, and they even felt they were prepared for the careful maneuvering necessary in a country that had an "on and off again" foreign adoption policy.  They were not prepared for a single government official determined to stop their adoption at every turn.
Until We All Come Home tells the story of corruption and fear vs. the force of a mother's love and her ultimate trust in God. As weeks turn into months and still the final paperwork is denied, Kim's family returns to the United States, leaving her alone with young Sasha, whom they rename Jake.  As the family's life savings is used up, church members and new friends help.  A young Ukrainian woman Kim had met years earlier on that mission trip becomes her translator, alleviating some of their problems.  But it seemed as soon as something helpful happened, a new and more devastating problem arose to take its place.

Reading this book as been described as being plunged into part spy story and part mother's diary.  I cannot agree more. Descriptions of hiding behind closed doors and frequently moving to avoid being discovered are interspersed with memories of Sasha's first experiences on a playground and the first time he teases his sister.  Just like the best thrillers I've read, Until We All Come Home demanded my full attention until I read the last word.  For me, that meant staying up until 2:00 a.m.  No sleep until I
knew the final answers, and now that I'm finished, I highly recommend the book.

I received a copy of this title from the publisher Faith Words for review purposes.  All opinions are mine.

Since Sasha's (Jake's) adoption, Kim deBlecourt has become involved in Nourished Hearts which works for ethical adoptions and to improve the lives of those children waiting to be adopted. Check out the website to learn more about their work and Kim's book.

1 comment:

  1. I picked this one up last summer at the ICRS. Glad to know you liked it. I will have to move it up in the TBR pile ;). Thanks for your review.