Two Hearts: An Adoptee’s Journey Through Grief to Gratitude

Linda Hoye was in her early twenties when she found herself parentless for the second time. Adopted at five months of age, her heritage, medical history, and access to information about who she was or where she came from was sealed. It was as if she had never existed before being adopted.

When she was barely in her twenties her adoptive parents died and a pattern of loss was put into motion that would continue for years as, one by one, those she called family were torn from her life.

Two Hearts charts a course through a complex series of relationships stemming from the author’s adoptive family, her maternal and paternal birth families, and an abusive marriage as the author seeks the one thing she so desperately wants: family.

She knows she must come to terms with the bitterness she harbors toward her birth mother when she becomes a grandmother and, soon after, faces the loss of the last remaining members of her adoptive family. She makes one final attempt to find something that will give her the sense of rightness that eluded her for so long.

This is the story of a woman’s journey through unfathomable grief, of what it takes to go into the abyss of deep-seated wounding, to feel the pain, and to come out the other side. Whole, healed, and thankful.


What people are saying:

An important story – “Linda Hoye lifts her voice to tell an important story about being adopted during a time of great ignorance and darkness. Her voice is one we need to listen to. Read her book. Her story matters.” ~ Jennifer Lauck, New York Times bestselling author of Blackbird, Still Waters, Show Me the Way & Found.

Powerful, and inspirational – “Two Hearts is a powerful, and inspirational memoir…Hoye has written a book that will haunt you.” ~ Kim Michele Richardson, author of The Unbreakable Child

Reads like a novel – “Linda Hoye has written a book about adoption that reads like a novel, yet includes the many diverse feelings adoption brings about in adoptees… Her honest account of her experience will inspire others to begin this perilous, but rewarding journey.” ~ Nancy Verrier, MFT, author of The Primal Wound and Coming Home to Self

Exceptional journey – “I…recommend…reading it slowly…in order to more richly appreciate the many levels of Hoye’s exceptional journey.” ~ Mary Jo Doig for Story Circle Book Reviews

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