Surprise Inheritance for an Adoptee

“The fundamental nature of adoptees is exploration because you don’t know what’s out there. Every adoption story is a book that keeps you asking questions and turning the pages to find the answers. Life is an adventure and an unsolved mystery for adoptees, and surprises often come as a bolt from the blue. So, hold onto your inner child and be prepared for anything.” 

The iconic Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet ranks highly among luxury sports cars with its elegant lines, exceptional handling, enticing acceleration, and visceral driving experience that was suddenly available to James and his wife—and one of their few newly affordable indulgences.

An older couple of modest means living in a small Midwestern town adopted a boy named James. His adoptive parents falsely informed him that his biological parents were deceased to discourage him from searching. Consequently, he never engaged in ancestral research because the topic didn’t excite him and had no value.   

James married his local teenage sweetheart, sang in the church choir, served as an officer of the local Rotary Club, and promoted high school sports. His goals and ambitions were to run a half marathon, own a business, and enjoy life. He lived on a tight budget, married life was simple, happy, and uncomplicated, and he never strayed far from home.

Still, James’ personal life abruptly changed when he received a call from a Morgan Stanley Financial Advisor in California. 

“I am a friend of your biological father, the executor of his will, and a financial advisor. I am calling to inform you that your biological father died recently. You are the sole beneficiary of his sizable estate, including land, buildings, cash, and investments.” 

Knowing that large inheritances and lottery jackpots is lucky for some and tragic for others allowed James and his wife to make a conscious effort to remain true to their small-town values and upbringing. Ten years later, they have more awesome things, a bigger house and several luxury cars. Still, they live as they always did, keeping up with church, family, and friends. 

Judith Land

“A powerful personal story that belongs in the Pantheon of Adoption Classics. I was deeply moved by the heartbreaking narrative of this adoptee, but at the same time, the mystery buff in me breathlessly turned the pages to find out how or if Judy finally finds her truth. As you read this shocking and amazing book, keep reminding yourself: This really happened.” Donna Montalbano


About Judith Land

Judith Land lives in Colorado and Arizona with husband and coauthor Martin Land. Judith is a former nurse, retail shop owner, college instructor and avid outdoor person. Her book "Adoption Detective: Memoir of an Adopted Child" is a true story detailing the journey of Judith Romano, foster child and adoptee, as she discovers fragments of her background, and then sets out to solve the mystery as an adult. She has reached readers in 192 countries. "Mothers and fathers everywhere in the world need to understand that children are forever and always." --Judith Land
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