Joan M Wheeler doesn’t understand that she can’t pull the wool over everyone’s eyes! This review is by someone who has looked behind the curtain and sees what really is in this book!
Joan’s ‘new and improved’ (?!) book is just another repeat, and more, of the same old hatred that she has for two families and the institution of adoption. I’ve said it many times and in many ways…how does this (Joan’s book) help with adoption reform? It doesn’t! Joan just wants to expose and exploit family members because she hates them. She REMOVED any useful information about adoption reform in this edition, AFTER it was published and purchased.
Here then is review number eight, afterwards will be my comment and some additional thoughts.
I have the author’s first book ‘Forbidden Family, A Half Orphan’s Account of Her Adoption, Reunion and Social Activism’. I also have this ‘duped by adoption’ book. I wonder why the change in title and contents of this one. What is the intent of this second rewritten edition? Was the first book not correct? Is the first book available? I’m confused! Why has the author gone from ‘social activism’ to being ‘duped’?
I don’t get it! How could anyone expose their two families with such an obvious one-sided viewpoint, twice! This book contains more damage to the families than the first book. It contains photos, personal information and rewrites, or eliminations, which are slanted toward the author’s total distaste for adoption and her two families. I believe it is a violation of privacy for everyone in these two families. This book is a travesty! It feels that readers are being ‘duped’.
gert mcqueen says: Your initial post: Nov 22, 2015 4:23:37 PM PST
Yes indeed this book is a travesty! The first book is no longer available; pulled by the publisher when they saw documents that family members submitted. The author had to `self-publish’, eliminating the middle man, in order to get her view point published as she continues to violate privacy of the families.
The author believes that she was wronged and harmed by being adopted. Perhaps, but that is not reason enough to expose and exploit birth family members nor the adoptive family nor her OWN CHILDREN! She portrays every person in a negative fashion; they are all out to get or harm her. She portrays her own mental instabilities and physical illnesses as a result of being adopted. Her activism takes the form of browbeating/insulting pro-adoption people on the internet, that is hardly productive. While having a degree in social work, the author has never held a job as one, because of her `illnesses’ caused by adoption! She believes that this, reality- TV drama style, of a book will shock people into seeing `what happens’ when you are adopted! The author is not interested in reform. To her adoption must be eliminated. Yes, this book dupes the reader into believing they are reading a true account. This book is far from any truth other than in the mind of the author!
And now some additional thoughts from Gert…
If you notice, on Amazon, on the book’s Facebook page, and in the book, there is NO mention of the book ‘Forbidden Family, A Half Orphan’s Account of Her Adoption, Reunion and Social Activism’…even though it is STILL ON AMAZON.
Including book cover, and comments, here is the listing…
Forbidden Family Nov 23, 2009 by Joan M. Wheeler Currently unavailable
So the big question is…Why IS IT that Joan does NOT mention that first book in her public boiler plate nonsense?
Because she CAN’T, can she! For the book for pulled, by Trafford Publishing, once they saw our, the birth family, documents and the CONTRACT that Joan signed, wherein she claimed there was NO libel. Joan BROKE the contract with the publishing house; they stopped publishing it!
Joan doesn’t understand the old adage… you can fool some of the people some of the time, but you can’t fool all the people all the time…
Rest assured that I shall be addressing her LACK of this mention, of the ‘pulled from publication due to libel and breach of contract’, in another discussion topic on Amazon. Stayed tuned!
Finally here is the list of links for the other 7 reviews and more…