Book Review: Searching for the Castle

Barbara Leigh Ohrstrom’s memoir – an adopted life lived.

Lara Trace Hentz

The Search To Find Oneself: Review of Searching for the Castle by Barbara Leigh Ohrstrom  By Karen Pickell, Posted on LOST DAUGHTERS

“Your wound is also a shining, multifaceted gem.”

Barbara Leigh Ohrstrom begins her memoir, Searching for the Castle: Backtrail of an Adoption, by warning readers that this is a story without a happy ending. And in the sense of Disney/Hollywood they-all-lived-happily-ever-after endings, this is certainly true. Yet, for me this is a story of triumph, an adopted woman’s journey to unlock her past in order to step into her future.

At the heart of the story is Ohrstrom’s search for her birth parents during the years before the Internet, when searching meant mailing letters and waiting weeks for a response or driving hundreds of miles to visit agencies and hospitals in person.

The mystery of why Ohrstrom was adopted is complicated by her discovery that the foster…

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