09-23-2011 03:16 PM
It was an old paperback I bought in a used bookstore as a child. Probably published in the 1960s.
It was suppose to be the true story of a couple, the husband a minster or ministry student, the wife a typical home maker, who set out to adopt a bunch of kids because no one wants them. The children include several who are of mixed ethnic groups who aren't wanted by people in either group and one girl who had a birthmark on over half her face.
I do know the story takes place after WW2 because one of the kids they wanted to adopt but could not was a little girl who was concieved in France during WW2. Her father was a black American solider, the mother a white French woman. Girl was raised by nuns and was the only black girl there. She was constantly begging people to buy her white socks and the nuns to wash her until she was white like them. The couple find a lot of red tape at first. So they instead tell about her a black couple they know who want children and they successfully adopt this little girl - all the red tape disappeared.
I wanted to try and find the author because I was thinking about looking up if this really was a true story and if so, what happened to the kids when they grew up. I know the mother made a lot of predictions for the boys. Like one was very interested in mecanical things while another was more concerned about people. I assume most have long since died of old age. Still, I'm curious. Unlike Cheaper By The Dozen and Bells On Their Toes I don't think this book was every popular enough that people would be curious about the family years later.
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09-24-2011 03:48 PM
Yep, looks like your second guess was right.
09-25-2011 01:04 PM
Thanks. My version was a paperback showing a woman with short brown hair hugging a child.
Now I can find out whatever happened to the kids.