We met at a Tennis Garden TGIF at our club on a sunny, but cool and windy day. We were outside because all the tables inside had been taken by the tennis crowd, we are golfers. We sat at our island of a table for 8 with our glass of wine and nibbles contemplating how long we would stay at this event.

We were seriously thinking about leaving and then our plans abruptly changed as a group of 5 or 6 club members headed our way and asked to join. Julie and her husband were part of that group.

We had an instant connection and it was one of those times when you knew that the connection would last. As the tennis crowd thinned, we moved inside to take their place and get warm. Lots more conversation and a last minute invitation from Julie in the parking lot to watch the Superbowl game at their place after they returned from Chicago.

That was maybe four years ago, many dinners out, golf games, dinners at our place, the occasional cocktail party with other friends and the friendship continues.

Throughout this time Julie told me, bit by bit, how she and her twin sister were adopted and of her quest to find their birth mother. She wrote it all down, all the trials, all the discoveries, all the happiness, and sadness, and in the end, she finally found what she was looking for.

Her book is a memoir, it is a true story and it is compelling. She started her search for her birth parents in her 50’s and this is the story of how she found all the missing pieces, some of which are truly astounding.

It is a well written book.  Easy to read with a lovely flow from start to finish leading you to the end of her journey.  Reading the book is like having a conversation with your close friend. She draws you in to her everyday life, but at the same time, keeps you wondering what she’ll learn from the next letter or phone call all the way to the surprise at the end. Well worth reading! To buy her book, Twice a Daughter, or to find out more about Julie, just click on Julie McGue, Author, to get to her website.


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