I so remember the culture of the 60's and 70's, that "bad" girls went away to homes to have their babies and how society shunned them. There was no support for them when they came back, always treated like they were tarnished.
What would life have been like for them if they had been supported through this? We will never know, but in this memoir, we learn how one woman made it through; it wasn't easy for her or the others.
Reading this book shows her strength, to live through this, to fight for the knowledge of her child's upbringing, to fight for the chance to know this child and all from the eyes of one who had been through it herself as an adoptee. Maybe this is not a unique story, but it's a unique chance to read it from that point of view.