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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
Discovering Mom is a work of fiction in the coming-of-age, interpersonal drama, and nostalgic writing subgenres. It is best suited to the general young adult and adult reading audiences and contains only mild adult references and language. Penned by author Bryan Foreman, the story takes place during the 1970s in the USA, where we meet an adopted youngster, Daniel. Fitting in has never been easy for this biracial kid, but as he begins to shift from boyhood into a young man, he meets a fellow student with similar identity issues who encourages him to get in touch with his biological family. So begins a compelling family drama filled with adventure and heart.
Author Bryan Foreman has crafted a really worthwhile and emotionally fascinating tale that was so easy to get into, yet hard to let go of. I got very invested in Daniel and related to him immensely, stuck as he was with the door closed on a whole section of his life and heritage that he was dying to learn more about. I enjoyed the process of discovery, and the pacing of the novel reflects these many new twists whilst also giving us plenty of time to appreciate the growth along the way. Mary’s story was also a powerful plot-line running alongside that of her son, and the feeling of the novel overall really celebrates the best of the 1970s and the liberating movements around identity and freedom that were born in that era. Overall, Discovering Mom is a must-read for fans of emotionally charged fiction, with plenty of highs and lows along the way.