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Stranger Care: A Memoir of Loving What Isn't Ours Paperback – 4 May 2021

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Text Publishing (4 May 2021)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 432 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1922330957
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1922330956
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 15.3 x 3 x 23.2 cm
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Sarah Sentilles is the author of Draw Your Weapons, Breaking Up with God, A Church of Her Own and Taught by America. A graduate of Yale University and Harvard Divinity School, she lives in Idaho's Wood River Valley.

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ELAINE CONNELLY
5.0 out of 5 stars Eye opening journey through trying to adopt through the foster care system
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 23 May 2021
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R. Barry
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing, loving, moving, must-read book for anyone who cares about at-risk children!
Reviewed in the United States on 8 May 2021
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5.0 out of 5 stars I’m weeping. A love letter to Coco a foster daughter
Reviewed in the United States on 13 May 2021
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5.0 out of 5 stars I’m weeping. A love letter to Coco a foster daughter
Reviewed in the United States on 13 May 2021
I found Sarah Sentilles through the A Cup of Jo blog. I read Sarah's "My Foster Daughter's First Birthday" and cried three times while reading it. It spoke to me so deeply and moved me so much I immediately looked her up on Instagram and pre-ordered her book.

My youngest child is 6 months old, so I haven't slept much or showered much in the last 6 months. But every night, for the hour or so I have to myself, I will curl up on the couch and read this book. I got it on May 6 and tonight on May 12 I finished it.

I have 2 beautiful, biological boys and I work part time at a nonprofit. Since I was very young, I've always thought about adoption and recently, I've been thinking more and more about adopting through foster care. 

We don't get to "meet" Coco until we're well into the book, probably half way. She details the entire process that she and her husband Eric, go through to become certified foster parents in the state of Idaho. I appreciated all the details she included, the conversations with the social workers, the rollercoaster of emotions during this often frustrating and tedious process, the gut-wrenching placement calls, the check-ins with her therapist....I'm so glad she had the support of family, loving friends and a therapist. I can't imagine doing this without a support system.

I thought her writing so brave and so honest...I admired her ability to love Evelyn, Coco's bio mom, despite enemy lines being drawn. It was hard to finish the last 50 pages of this book because I knew what was coming and I couldn't bear it. I had to pause from all the weeping. I didn't want to let Coco go. Oh, I felt the pain physically in my stomach. I felt the visceral palpable love of a mama bear desperate, clawing and clinging to get to her daughter. Where is Coco?! Why can’t we get her out of the trailer with no electricity and no running water?! Why can’t all these people who know what’s going on, not intervene? I wasn't only crying with Sarah, I was crying for all the children in the world like Coco, who don't get to laugh and to giggle and play because they're so busy worried about keeping safe, protecting themselves from danger.

I will go to bed crying tonight for Coco, but I will pray for her. I will pray that wherever she is, she will know she is loved.
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ERIN M. OTOOLE
5.0 out of 5 stars Cheryl Strayed nailed it! This book is a masterpiece.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brought my reading life back to life
Reviewed in the United States on 15 May 2021
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