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Not since "A Child Called It" have I enjoyed/hated reading a story more. Although the difference is that I have had children since, so the maternal instincts in me wept for this girl. (Okay, so I don't have maternal instincts, but you get my point.)
Dani's story is about a young girl who was living in deplorable conditions when she was taken away from the situation. She seemed to be so damaged and neglected that people thought there was no hope of rescuing her from a doomed existence and future. This book is the story told by the couple that eventually adopted Danielle (which in itself was a daunting task of wrestling with a legal system that seemed completely in the wrong) and transformed her for the better. With their love and support, Dani was able to overcome great hardships and lead a life that she never thought she could have or even deserve.
I thought this was a very moving book. I was disgusted at the idea that parents would treat their own children like this, angry at the legal system that couldn't see what was right for this girl and joyous that there are good people out there that aren't selfish and can see that sometimes the littlest things can change someone's life for the better.
Definitely worth the read, you won't want to puty it down!!!
MOTR Grade: A-
Dani's Story is available in hardback June 2011!!!