** spoiler alert ** Oh, just finished reading this book. The emotions I felt while reading this book and then to find out that while fictional, the adoption director was a real life person and these things did happen to real children. I am blown away that this could happen. Apparently, Mrs. Tann's heart was removed much earlier in her life and she has absolutely no feelings for humans as this was just a career for her. What a greedy woman she was!! Unfortunately cancer got her before she could be subjected to prison and maybe receive "some" of the treatment that was suffered by the wards of the state that she got illegally. Some still even had parents. In my mind, she did not suffer enough, greedy witch.
That aside, this was such an emotional read. (Yes, tissues needed) It was definitely a thought provoking, malice provoking read. I sped through reading this emotional tale because:
1. I was aghast that a woman could be that greedy and use children this way.
2. I was aghast that so many "upstanding?" humans used her services. But to be fair, they weren't aware of the behind the scenes lives these children were living. And unfortunately, those ghastly behind the scenes horrors the children were living were AFTER this woman abducted, stole, coerced parents and totally abused the system.
I feel in love with the children from the Kingdom of Arcadia. The author did a great job with this story and I was thoroughly entertained. This was my first book by this author and I will definitely keep her in mind in the future to read more of her books.
Huge thanks to Random House/Ballantine for approving my request and to Net Galley for providing me with a free e-galley in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.