Reviewed by Anne Boling for Readers' Favorite
Shiniest Jewel is the heartwarming memoir of Marian Henley. Through her own drawings, Henley shares the story of adopting her beautiful son, William. 49-year-old Henley longed for a child. After much thought and contemplation, she applied for an international adoption. The agency made promises they could not keep. The hurry-up-and-wait atmosphere that goes along with adoptions causes anxiety and stress. Obstacles popped up. When Marian’s father becomes ill, she spends time pondering their relationship.
I see this as a book fraught with hope. When things seem bleak, there is always hope. The last few pages are heartwarming. Amidst sadness came the hope that can only be brought by a child. I love this book. It is heartwarming and unique. Marian Henley uses her own unique talent to express her inner thoughts and emotions. Marian Henley is the extremely talented creator of Maxine (my favorite cartoon.)
I’m already thinking of friends that would enjoy this book. It is an honor to recommend The Shiniest Jewel.