Young Love - An Adoptee’s Memoir

Bonnie's memoir describes the author’s lifelong, innate curiosity about her adoption. She was born in Catherine Booth Hospital in Montreal, Quebec, Canada and relinquished into foster care by her birth mother at six weeks. Adopted and raised in a family with love and support, she nevertheless became frustrated not knowing anything about her biological family and her heritage—and further frustrated when she learned what it means to have a “closed” adoption. As a young mother, she finally decided to ask for answers and began a 35-year search for her birth parents. The story unfolds with non-identifying information, library research, internet research, and DNA! Adoption search angels provide invaluable assistance and encouragement. Bonnie Parsons’ style is open and fresh. She shares her love for both her adoptive and biological families. This memoir will inform and inspire adoptees who are searching. The answers are out there. Never give up!




Hi Bonnie,

Finished your book this morning.

Hard to express how strong the series of emotions were that it engendered in me as I read. The same emotions I know that you experienced during your journey to find your past—excitement, joy, trepidation, sadness, loss, frustration and on and on.

Your persistence is something to behold. Every time you found yourself at a dead end, when others might’ve been tempted to call it a day, you carried on, often with the help of what you called your “angels”.

I suspect you know that their arrival in your life each time you needed one was no accident. It was your determination and willingness to open your heart that drew them to you. Like that old saying about one not needing to seek out a guru—that he/she will find you when the time is right.

Something that kept nagging at me as I read, and a thought that my wife shared when I told her about it, was amazement at how Joan came to give up four children for adoption. I’m so glad you addressed that question the way you did, talking about how you came to understand her motivation, and the issues that all mothers who give up a child for adoption have to face.

Congratulations on creating an amazing story—part mystery, part love story, part treatise on adoption and its affects on all the parties involved. Thanks for sharing it.




Well........ I received my autographed copy of your book, and I can tell you I was in tears and blubbering the minute it was in my hands. What an accomplishment! I am proud to have played even a minor role in such an interesting, convoluted journey. Your tenacity and courage got you through times that many people would have not been able to emotionally cope with. As I once said, “It’s the brave ones who search!” I wish you much success in the future and cherish the special bond that we share as adoptees and searchers. Love, Vicki Search Angel, G’S Adoption Registry http://www.gsadoptionregistry.com/


Bonnie, the book is wonderful! Loved every minute of it! It reads like an absolutely intriguing mystery written from the heart. Honestly - couldn't put the book down. Also loved how you wove so many sweet memories into your years of hunting for the facts - as well as how you documented everything every step of the way. Congrats on the great writing (and for teaching about adoption, too)! Love, Norma


I finished reading your book last night and just said ‘wow!’ It was written so that it kept me wanting to know what came next, and your loving spirit shone throughout. It was wonderful to learn that your birth parents had a loving relationship, which you learned through your birth dad’s sister! How great that she knew both of your birth parents. I am glad to know that you are championing the rights of adoptees to know about their birth families, and so happy for you that you now have relationships with so many members of your birth family!


Hi Bonnie – Wow! What a wonderful book and incredible journey. You are obviously a very determined woman. Your persistence definitely paid off for you. And now after all these years, I would suggest that you are at peace with yourself. To be honest, I’m not a reader but I couldn’t put your book down!


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