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If you’re looking for a widely entertaining, richly written story that combines international travel, family, and inspiration for stepping outside of your comfort zone, Awakening East is your read.  Ms. Garton takes us on a literary adventure through a series of life-changing experiences, all connected beautifully through humor and the deep love she has for her family.  China itself is one of the major characters in this book, which you will meet in a richly personal way through a daring year of embracing life outside of America.  While the conduit for this adventure is based on her children’s adoption stories, anyone with a sense of awe for dashing into the unknown via travel will relish this ride.

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I laughed and cried my way through Awakening East.  Johanna Garton uses her personal and family journeys to capture the depth of emotion and meaning that accompany the various stages of growing a family through adoption.  Garton will inspire all parents through her candid and humorous account of the love and endurance that carried her family through the ups and downs of living for a year in China.  It’s a must read for any parents challenged to think outside the box when dealing with issues unique to adoption.

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In Awakening East, Johanna Garton's family embarks on an adventure: one year in China to allow her adopted children a chance to experience their birth-country.  It's a year filled with hardships and humor, but most of all, with heart.  If the year was Garton's gift to her children, then Awakening East is a gift to the reader, our chance to live with a vibrant family through all their ups and downs.

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