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As the war in Europe escalates in 1939, seventeen-year-old Peg Kuhr, along with her sister, travel from Denmark to the United States to live with family until the war is over. Shortly after arriving, Peg discovers she is pregnant. Peg's aunt is supportive, but they know Peg's biological father would be furious and keep the pregnancy a secret. Peg gives birth to a boy named R As the war in Europe escalates in 1939, seventeen-year-old Peg Kuhr, along with her sister, travel from Denmark to the United States to live with family until the war is over. Shortly after arriving, Peg discovers she is pregnant. Peg's aunt is supportive, but they know Peg's biological father would be furious and keep the pregnancy a secret. Peg gives birth to a boy named Richard and harbors the hope that she will one day reunite with the child's father. But as the war intensifies in 1942, Peg's boyfriend in Denmark suggests that they move on with their lives. Devastated, Peg eventually finds love again, but her new fianc� is not ready for children. With Richard still a secret, Peg is faced with a irreconcilable dilemma-and makes the heart-wrenching decision to put her two-and-a-half-year-old son up for adoption. Richard, renamed Peter, grows up with wonderful parents, but an overheard conversation as a boy plants a seed that leaves him uncertain about his true identity. In the vein of The Lost Child of Philomena Lee by Martin Sixsmith, The Knot of King Gordius is a compelling true tale of love, sacrifice, and family.


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As the war in Europe escalates in 1939, seventeen-year-old Peg Kuhr, along with her sister, travel from Denmark to the United States to live with family until the war is over. Shortly after arriving, Peg discovers she is pregnant. Peg's aunt is supportive, but they know Peg's biological father would be furious and keep the pregnancy a secret. Peg gives birth to a boy named R As the war in Europe escalates in 1939, seventeen-year-old Peg Kuhr, along with her sister, travel from Denmark to the United States to live with family until the war is over. Shortly after arriving, Peg discovers she is pregnant. Peg's aunt is supportive, but they know Peg's biological father would be furious and keep the pregnancy a secret. Peg gives birth to a boy named Richard and harbors the hope that she will one day reunite with the child's father. But as the war intensifies in 1942, Peg's boyfriend in Denmark suggests that they move on with their lives. Devastated, Peg eventually finds love again, but her new fianc� is not ready for children. With Richard still a secret, Peg is faced with a irreconcilable dilemma-and makes the heart-wrenching decision to put her two-and-a-half-year-old son up for adoption. Richard, renamed Peter, grows up with wonderful parents, but an overheard conversation as a boy plants a seed that leaves him uncertain about his true identity. In the vein of The Lost Child of Philomena Lee by Martin Sixsmith, The Knot of King Gordius is a compelling true tale of love, sacrifice, and family.

3 review for The Knot of King Gordius

  1. 5 out of 5

    Pamela Carey

    As a primer on how to search for biological parents (whose W W II era and geographical distance across an ocean prevented any kind of disclosure or connection), I highly recommend this book. The historical background of the War in Europe and the stresses of an unwed mother in the States (who doesn't know if she'll ever see the child's father again in Denmark) are presented candidly. But the most successful part of the book is the fact that it is written by the child born to the unwed mother and As a primer on how to search for biological parents (whose W W II era and geographical distance across an ocean prevented any kind of disclosure or connection), I highly recommend this book. The historical background of the War in Europe and the stresses of an unwed mother in the States (who doesn't know if she'll ever see the child's father again in Denmark) are presented candidly. But the most successful part of the book is the fact that it is written by the child born to the unwed mother and later adopted by a loving family. The author's search in adulthood for his biological parents is a study in perseverance and dedication, along with support from many involved. The outcome befits the search! A very interesting read, especially since I know Peter, the author, and observed his angst as he tried to piece together his story.

  2. 5 out of 5

    John W.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Benedikte

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