Newly updated for 2020, This revised and updated book documents Adele’s experiences with her daughter since the book was first published in 2013, and Adele’s ongoing involvement in highlighting the plight of Orphans in Romania. In 1991, unable to have a second child because of a medical problem and struggling to cope in a failing marriage, New Zealander, Adele Rickerby, decided to take her future in her hands by adopting a child from Romania. The misguided policies of the recently deposed Ceausescu government on family planning had led to the birth of an estimated 100,000 unwanted babies in that country. The Promise I Kept is Adele’s story of her nightmare journey halfway around the world to find and adopt a baby, to negotiate her way through the barriers created by red-tape and corrupt officialdom, and finally to carry her tiny new daughter safely home to a life where she could be properly loved and cared for.
Toni Tingle, Mereo Books, an imprint of Memoirs Publishing, Gloucestershire, U.K
Orphan advocacy and child welfare in Romania; Community facebook page; thepromisekept.co
A heartfelt autobiographical work, The Promise I Kept chronicles the journey to adopting a child from post cold-war Romania. With incredible honesty, Adele shares her lifetime with Endometriosis and the resulting surgeries, her amazing first daughter, Melannie and the desire for Melannie to have a sister- leading to the decision to adopt and a difficult trip to Romania to meet baby Natasha and bring her home. It is a book that is equal parts relatable and eye-opening, at times confronting, but ultimately showcases a woman’s incredible determination and love for her child.
Review; RUTH Magazine @RUTHmagazineAustralia · Magazine
Copies are available to borrow or purchase from the following sites;
Dunedin Public Library, New Zealand, Heritage Room Collection.
Brisbane City Council Libraries
South Australian Libraries
Trove, National Library of Australia; https://trove.nla.gov.au/
The Book Tree, Toowoomba, Australia.
Amazon, paperback, or kindle edition.