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On the day my daughter Amanda Lindhout was kidnapped in Somalia, my life changed forever. This is the story of how, for 460 days, I fought to save her and bring her home. “This book is impossible to put down. As inspiring as it is bone-chilling, this is an incredible story of hope and joy, grit and gumption by a determined mother who will stop at nothing to save her d On the day my daughter Amanda Lindhout was kidnapped in Somalia, my life changed forever. This is the story of how, for 460 days, I fought to save her and bring her home. “This book is impossible to put down. As inspiring as it is bone-chilling, this is an incredible story of hope and joy, grit and gumption by a determined mother who will stop at nothing to save her daughter.” —Jann Arden, singer-songwriter and bestselling author of Falling Backwards “A gripping, mother’s-eye view of Amanda Lindhout’s kidnapping ordeal...For any parent who has ever worried about, advocated for, and deeply loved a child, Lorinda Stewart’s honest, lion-hearted account will leave you both stunned and uplifted.” —Sara Corbett, coauthor of A House in the Sky On August 23, 2008, Amanda Lindhout was kidnapped outside Mogadishu in Somalia. The kidnappers’ demand was simple: pay millions or Amanda would be killed. For the next 460 days, Amanda’s mother, Lorinda Stewart, did everything in her power to get her daughter back alive. A brave, small-town mother with no experience in hostage negotiations, Lorinda was called upon by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police to be the lead communicator with “Adam”—the Somali man who identified himself as the English-speaking negotiator for Amanda’s kidnappers. In a secret “war room” in Sylvan Lake, Alberta, Lorinda joined forces with federal officers and began answering calls from Adam, establishing a fragile rapport of trust with the man who held her daughter’s fate in his hands. She learned how to demand POLs (proofs of life) from Amanda’s hostage takers and even how to react to “bad calls”—getting through them despite having to listen to her daughter’s desperate cries for help and fearing Amanda was being abused and tortured. What was supposed to be a short negotiation stretched on, and weeks became months. As negotiations broke down, Lorinda found herself increasingly on her own. But she never gave up hope, even when the phone calls became more traumatic. Faced with the terrible possibility of her daughter’s death, Lorinda decided to bring in a private security company and raise money from donors to support the cause of bringing Amanda home. But would it be enough? One Day Closer is the true story of one mother’s heroic perseverance in the face of despair, and of the hope and healing to be found beyond trauma. It is also, above all, a tribute to the extraordinary power of a mother’s love.


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On the day my daughter Amanda Lindhout was kidnapped in Somalia, my life changed forever. This is the story of how, for 460 days, I fought to save her and bring her home. “This book is impossible to put down. As inspiring as it is bone-chilling, this is an incredible story of hope and joy, grit and gumption by a determined mother who will stop at nothing to save her d On the day my daughter Amanda Lindhout was kidnapped in Somalia, my life changed forever. This is the story of how, for 460 days, I fought to save her and bring her home. “This book is impossible to put down. As inspiring as it is bone-chilling, this is an incredible story of hope and joy, grit and gumption by a determined mother who will stop at nothing to save her daughter.” —Jann Arden, singer-songwriter and bestselling author of Falling Backwards “A gripping, mother’s-eye view of Amanda Lindhout’s kidnapping ordeal...For any parent who has ever worried about, advocated for, and deeply loved a child, Lorinda Stewart’s honest, lion-hearted account will leave you both stunned and uplifted.” —Sara Corbett, coauthor of A House in the Sky On August 23, 2008, Amanda Lindhout was kidnapped outside Mogadishu in Somalia. The kidnappers’ demand was simple: pay millions or Amanda would be killed. For the next 460 days, Amanda’s mother, Lorinda Stewart, did everything in her power to get her daughter back alive. A brave, small-town mother with no experience in hostage negotiations, Lorinda was called upon by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police to be the lead communicator with “Adam”—the Somali man who identified himself as the English-speaking negotiator for Amanda’s kidnappers. In a secret “war room” in Sylvan Lake, Alberta, Lorinda joined forces with federal officers and began answering calls from Adam, establishing a fragile rapport of trust with the man who held her daughter’s fate in his hands. She learned how to demand POLs (proofs of life) from Amanda’s hostage takers and even how to react to “bad calls”—getting through them despite having to listen to her daughter’s desperate cries for help and fearing Amanda was being abused and tortured. What was supposed to be a short negotiation stretched on, and weeks became months. As negotiations broke down, Lorinda found herself increasingly on her own. But she never gave up hope, even when the phone calls became more traumatic. Faced with the terrible possibility of her daughter’s death, Lorinda decided to bring in a private security company and raise money from donors to support the cause of bringing Amanda home. But would it be enough? One Day Closer is the true story of one mother’s heroic perseverance in the face of despair, and of the hope and healing to be found beyond trauma. It is also, above all, a tribute to the extraordinary power of a mother’s love.

30 review for One Day Closer: A Mother's Quest to Bring Her Kidnapped Daughter Home

  1. 5 out of 5

    Deb

    Even though I know the whole story already, I couldn’t put the book down. I had read Amanda’s memoir, A House in The Sky, earlier in the year and Nigel’s, The Price of Life, and I still can’t believe the horrors everyone experienced. I found his memoir easier to understand and follow than The Price of Life. The story is beautifully written with details of the kidnapping, Lorinda’s past and uplifting messages of love. Must read for sure.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie

    I really enjoyed this book, but know that it wouldn't be everyone's cup of tea. One Day Closer is the story of Amanda Lindhout's kidnapping in Somalia from her mom's point of view, and her role in getting Amanda freed. I'd read Amanda's book maybe last year or earlier, and so was curious to read her mom's book. I found it so interesting to read about how she was trained as a negotiator and was amazed at the extent to which she was actively involved in the negotiations. She did so much! It was am I really enjoyed this book, but know that it wouldn't be everyone's cup of tea. One Day Closer is the story of Amanda Lindhout's kidnapping in Somalia from her mom's point of view, and her role in getting Amanda freed. I'd read Amanda's book maybe last year or earlier, and so was curious to read her mom's book. I found it so interesting to read about how she was trained as a negotiator and was amazed at the extent to which she was actively involved in the negotiations. She did so much! It was amazing, and of course heart-wrenching at times, especially when she relayed conversations with Amanda while in captivity. It was also hard to read about how the Canadian government failed them in so many ways, even though I know that the government can't pay ransoms for kidnappings, it was still hard to read about the how and why and the inaction, trying to imagine myself in that situation.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Brandon Forsyth

    I've never read A HOUSE IN THE SKY, Amanda Lindhout's memoir of being kidnapped in Somalia, but many people have told me over the years that it's one of the most powerful books they've ever read. Now her mother, Lorinda Stewart, has published her account of being the chief negotiator for her daughter's release, and I found the book incredibly moving. Even without a great deal of knowledge about what Amanda went through, Lorinda's experience is incredibly moving; you're with her as she franticall I've never read A HOUSE IN THE SKY, Amanda Lindhout's memoir of being kidnapped in Somalia, but many people have told me over the years that it's one of the most powerful books they've ever read. Now her mother, Lorinda Stewart, has published her account of being the chief negotiator for her daughter's release, and I found the book incredibly moving. Even without a great deal of knowledge about what Amanda went through, Lorinda's experience is incredibly moving; you're with her as she frantically tries to figure out what's happened to her daughter; you're with her as she tries to navigate the frustrating bureaucracy of how to respond; and you're with her as she pleads desperately with the kidnappers. With hostage taking (and all the ethical dilemmas it raises) not going away any time soon, the book tackles some difficult social issues, but always roots it in a personal journey that is incredibly powerful.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Sandra

    This book exceeded my expectations. It was chosen as a book group read and I wasn't sure but read it in 3 days. It is very well written and the author does a good job of communicating her emotions of being the mother of a daughter kidnapped and held in Somalia for 460 days. You get a very good idea of what it was like including what it took to get her daughter back. I really recommend this book.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Julie

    I enjoyed this book. I read Amanda Lindhout’s “A House in the Sky” years ago, and remember being thoroughly engrossed in her story, and not being able to put it down. I didn’t have the exact experience reading Lorinda’s story, but it was so very interesting to learn of the other story - her arduous journey working to free Amanda. A story of dedication, persistence and love. I am awed by the courage and strength of both of these incredible women.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Anne

    I would give it 4.5 stars. Very interesting, especially if you read A House in the Sky.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Katherine Hunter

    One Day Closer is the account of Lorinda Stewart to get her daughter Amanda Lindhout home after she was abducted by Somali kidnappers. I read Sara Corbett’s account of Amanda’s story which is an honest telling of a women who willfully put herself and others in harm’s way without regard for consequences. Did she ever earn a living as a journalist? She called herself one and then she went to a place where she thought there would be no competition for stories (deemed too dangerous and unstable by e One Day Closer is the account of Lorinda Stewart to get her daughter Amanda Lindhout home after she was abducted by Somali kidnappers. I read Sara Corbett’s account of Amanda’s story which is an honest telling of a women who willfully put herself and others in harm’s way without regard for consequences. Did she ever earn a living as a journalist? She called herself one and then she went to a place where she thought there would be no competition for stories (deemed too dangerous and unstable by everyone) so she could have a big story without spending any time putting in the training and legwork to earn that place. In the first chapter of her book Lorinda turns that reality into her daughters “Willingly risked her life to capture the front line stories she felt our complacent world needed to know” which is absolutely not what I came away with from Amanda’s story. In the first chapter as she’s trying to say what a sacrificing reporter Amanda was she’s also saying how Amanda would return home to earn money so she could travel again apparently not realizing that if you are employed your news service actually pays you to travel. From the first chapter I gathered that the raw honesty of Amanda’s story would now be covered by the pink tones of a mother’s vision. And I thought ‘what a loss.’ There are several things that raise questions in my mind, She talks about wanting to be of service but no mention of any time she actually had followed through on that. This gave me the idea that this is an unreliable narrator. She talks about the RCMP as if they had to retreat to their offices to throw together a plan to help recover Amanda instead of implementing one of several plans I would assume they have ready to go. It’s not like this hasn’t happened before. Another negotiator enters the field, hired, apparently by the Brennan family. Her understanding of how that disrupt negotiations is nil. She writes “My daughter, a Canadian citizen, is kidnapped and has been held for eleven months, and God knows what other calamities are taking happening, but the House of Commons is on holiday?” So apparently this is a person who has no idea how her government works. Like Nigel Brennan’s family she seems to have no understanding that although this is a tragedy for her, life continues on for everyone else, even those assigned to work for Amanda’s release. They have their own lives. It’s unrealistic to expect them to spend the rest of their lives on your tragedy. I found the biggest defect in this book to be about the money. The kidnapping was from the get go all about money, never anything else. Who donated the money, who raised it, who got parts of it, how and when was any of it repaid. Does any money raised by the aftermath of this tragedy go back to the people who donated it in the first place. The whole thing was about the money and this book falls short by not detailing it. No one deserves to be raped and tortured.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Barbara

    I read A House in the Sky a couple of years ago and enjoyed it immensely. It frightened the daylights out of me. One Day Closer is the mother's point of view of what happened during the time her daughter Amanda Lindquist was held captive in Somalia for 460 days. I am really glad that the mom documented her experience as negotiator for daughter, because a normal person has no clue what goes on in a terrible situation like this. It was a real eye opener. I found the first 150 pages a bit of a strug I read A House in the Sky a couple of years ago and enjoyed it immensely. It frightened the daylights out of me. One Day Closer is the mother's point of view of what happened during the time her daughter Amanda Lindquist was held captive in Somalia for 460 days. I am really glad that the mom documented her experience as negotiator for daughter, because a normal person has no clue what goes on in a terrible situation like this. It was a real eye opener. I found the first 150 pages a bit of a struggle to get through. I felt there was too much detail, but I now realize this must have been done on purpose by the author so that we could get a feel of the terrible tension, anxiety, and unknowing she was going through. I certainly felt it! I became a little disappointed towards the end of the book, as the mom was being a little vague about the financial details (money donated by family, friends, and good Samaritans) which left me feeling a little uneasy. It doesn't really matter, because all that was important is that Amanda and Nigel were able to finally go home. I also felt disappointed in the RCMP, as I have heard other stories in recent years of serious mistakes being made in investigations. I also was very disheartened by the actions/non actions of the Canadian Government as well. We are only receiving one point of view in this matter, however, so I guess I will have to keep that in mind. I can't even imagine the horrors that Amanda and Nigel went through, and the longstanding psychological damage that has affected Lorinda, Amanda, Nigel, Jon, and many other family members and friends. It is unfortunate that some family and friend relationships did not survive once Amanda returned home. I also am aware of the story of Adam (or Adan or Ali Omar Ader) and how he acted as though he were the victim in this whole kidnapping after it was all over and about the recent court battle. Unreal story! Amanda has returned to Afghanistan, which shocked me. Sometimes I thought that she had a secret death wish while I was reading this book. I sure hope not, especially after what everyone has done to help her and her family. I have many unanswered questions, in particular about what happened to the financing and whether or not the profit from both Amanda and Lorinda's books are going towards paying family members back; or whether they are using the money now for more adventures and travel . This is a story that I will never forget.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Helen Escott

    This book is amazing and a beautiful story about a mothers quest to find her daughter. She is the most unlikely hero who turns out to be the best hero of all.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Wendy

    Lorinda Stewart is the mother of Amanda Lindhout, the Canadian journalist who was kidnapped and held hostage by a group of Somalians for over a year. Stewart worked with Canadian government officials, the RCMP... and she herself was placed into the role of negotiator throughout the ordeal. Stewart provides a detailed account of her fears, her rage and her tireless efforts to bring her daughter home. Working alongside RCMP officials she came to realize she is stronger and more determined than she Lorinda Stewart is the mother of Amanda Lindhout, the Canadian journalist who was kidnapped and held hostage by a group of Somalians for over a year. Stewart worked with Canadian government officials, the RCMP... and she herself was placed into the role of negotiator throughout the ordeal. Stewart provides a detailed account of her fears, her rage and her tireless efforts to bring her daughter home. Working alongside RCMP officials she came to realize she is stronger and more determined than she imagined. It's hard for the reader to begin to understand the trauma that Lindhout endured at the hands of her captors... as much as it is difficult to appreciate the trauma that Stewart lived through with the constant fear and worry about her daughter. I read Lindhout's book before reading her mother's book--- the two together tell quite a horrific story of a most difficult, painful and traumatic life experience. These two women are strong and resilient. They survived a time many of us could not imagine... I think the reader will put the book away and move on... but I don't know how Stewart or Lindhout will ever put this completely behind them. They are examples of true survivors... and demonstrate the power of love, forgiveness and resiliency.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Charissa

    The only thing that would make this book better would be if it were merged with Amanda’s so that we could follow both sides of the story as they are happening. It has been a few years since I read “A House In The Sky” so my memory failed me a few times. I also read Amanda’s book when I was pregnant with my first son, therefore not yet a mother myself. While I could then try to imagine the family’s heart break, the feeling that I felt reading Lorinda’s account (now as a mother myself) was incompa The only thing that would make this book better would be if it were merged with Amanda’s so that we could follow both sides of the story as they are happening. It has been a few years since I read “A House In The Sky” so my memory failed me a few times. I also read Amanda’s book when I was pregnant with my first son, therefore not yet a mother myself. While I could then try to imagine the family’s heart break, the feeling that I felt reading Lorinda’s account (now as a mother myself) was incomparable. I felt so many emotions, unable to grasp how she felt as a parent. More than anything I felt so angry. Angry with her kidnappers for their feeling of entitlement and skewed perception of Canadians’ wealth. Angry with the individuals who showed no compassion for Amanda when she returned. Most of all, angry with our government for how they failed Amanda and her family. I understand that they have protocols in place and that they are unable to pay ransoms. However, so much time was unnecessarily wasted and so many misunderstandings could have been avoided if they had better communicated with the SLOC. And then they gave up. My heart breaks for everything this family endured, and for the pain they face every day that they continue to recover.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Charlotte Fox

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I devoured this book in four (business) days. That’s pretty quick for me as of late. Having already read ‘A House In the Sky’ last year, I essentially already knew the plot of this book, but it continued to pique my interest by telling another side of the story I was familiar with. No, it’s not the most organized or well-written book. It needed some serious work there, in my opinion. But did it deliver in other areas? Oh yes. It had the ability to keep me flipping pages madly to find out what hap I devoured this book in four (business) days. That’s pretty quick for me as of late. Having already read ‘A House In the Sky’ last year, I essentially already knew the plot of this book, but it continued to pique my interest by telling another side of the story I was familiar with. No, it’s not the most organized or well-written book. It needed some serious work there, in my opinion. But did it deliver in other areas? Oh yes. It had the ability to keep me flipping pages madly to find out what happened next. I was so keen to learn about the ins and outs of the Government’s involvement and operations, as well as Lorinda’s day-to-day negotiations. The one thing I will now research more is Mr. Allan Markin’s involvement in the ransom payment - I’ve found a 2018 article which states he cut a cheque for $750,000 ; however, in Lorinda’s book, she says the final offer to Adan and the hostage takers was only $680,000. Was Markin omitted from the narrative other than the acknowledgements? I would have thought he’s the “big donor” mentioned on page 266 as well, perhaps. Regardless, this book kept me up at night when I really should have been tucking in early. And for that, I give it 4/5.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    I can understand the trauma the families went through but struggle to have sympathy at times. Even knowing how dangerous Somalia was, Amanda still traveled to the country to try and start a career as a journalist. Somalia is a country that barely has a government and one that doesn’t have many laws. Nobody deserves to be kidnapped or hurt but that's the possibility when you travel to dangerous countries especially where women are not treated as equal. Amanda loved to travel and was even kidnappe I can understand the trauma the families went through but struggle to have sympathy at times. Even knowing how dangerous Somalia was, Amanda still traveled to the country to try and start a career as a journalist. Somalia is a country that barely has a government and one that doesn’t have many laws. Nobody deserves to be kidnapped or hurt but that's the possibility when you travel to dangerous countries especially where women are not treated as equal. Amanda loved to travel and was even kidnapped a previous time when traveling in Iraq! I didn't care for how the mother wrote the book. I felt she used all positive language to describe her daughter as brave, smart and strong. But Nigel, who was also kidnapped, was described as weak and despondent. She complained that people felt that Amanda brought this on herself and about people who wouldn't donate to the ransom fund without a tax receipt. She lamented this showed the character of people who equated money to a human life. But the whole book was about money and ransom amounts where the mom regularly talked with the hostage takers. In the end, after more than a year, Nigel and Amanda were released due to strangers donating money to the ransom fund. Definitely a sad story. In my opinion though, it was written in a self righteous and judgmental way.

  14. 5 out of 5

    yycbookworm

    This week I read #onedaycloser by #lorindastweart whose daughter Amanda was a Canadian journalist kidnapped in Somalia. I really felt connected with this book as Amanda lived in Calgary and Canmore so the the recount felt real. Despite not being a mother, I found I could really connect with Lorinda’s experience through her writing and felt empathy for her as a mother whose daughter was in danger. Coolest part of this book? After Amanda is released by the kidnappers who were holding her hostage she This week I read #onedaycloser by #lorindastweart whose daughter Amanda was a Canadian journalist kidnapped in Somalia. I really felt connected with this book as Amanda lived in Calgary and Canmore so the the recount felt real. Despite not being a mother, I found I could really connect with Lorinda’s experience through her writing and felt empathy for her as a mother whose daughter was in danger. Coolest part of this book? After Amanda is released by the kidnappers who were holding her hostage she flew to Nairobi to safety and her family before coming back to Canada and stayed at the #agakhanhospital in Nairobi which was organized by the His Highness the Aga Khan. This was so cool to learn as a #ismaili. I can’t wait to read #ahouseinthesky next as it is a memoir by Amanda in her experience. Stay tuned for that review soon! Highly recommend this suspenseful and emotional read!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Ashley Ward

    This is an INCREDIBLE true story about a mother's love and commitment to rescuing her daughter from a kidnapping. So well written and inspiring. I highly recommend you read her daughter's book first "A House in the Sky"- a very well written story about the perseverance of the human spirit and immense courage. By reading Amanda's book first, I had some insight into the main players in her kidnapping and geographical references as well as timeline. Both books are incredibly suspenseful and emotion This is an INCREDIBLE true story about a mother's love and commitment to rescuing her daughter from a kidnapping. So well written and inspiring. I highly recommend you read her daughter's book first "A House in the Sky"- a very well written story about the perseverance of the human spirit and immense courage. By reading Amanda's book first, I had some insight into the main players in her kidnapping and geographical references as well as timeline. Both books are incredibly suspenseful and emotionally difficult reads, but so well written. I hope both Amanda and Lorinda will continue to write throughout their lives, they both have so much to offer.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Kara Dawn

    This book is an amazing story about the lengths that a mother will go to, to care for her daughter. It was such a page turner right from the beginning. Lorinda Stewart is a fantastic writer and kept my interest from the very first page. As soon as I was done the book, I wanted to go back to page 1 and read it again. The emotions that were felt throughout this ordeal were expressed so graciously and honestly and I really felt like I got to know Amanda and Lorinda personally by reading their story This book is an amazing story about the lengths that a mother will go to, to care for her daughter. It was such a page turner right from the beginning. Lorinda Stewart is a fantastic writer and kept my interest from the very first page. As soon as I was done the book, I wanted to go back to page 1 and read it again. The emotions that were felt throughout this ordeal were expressed so graciously and honestly and I really felt like I got to know Amanda and Lorinda personally by reading their story.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Lisa-Jaine

    Having just finished Amanda's book, I was curious to read about the kidnapping from her mother's perspective. Wow, I can only begin to imagine what Lorinda went through, trying to negotiate for her daughter's life, the stresses and strains as each hope fails, the keeping secrets and avoiding the media so the kidnappers wouldn't think they were a rich family and demand a higher ransom. I can't help feeling that both Lorinda and Amanda were let down by the Canadian Government once they went as far Having just finished Amanda's book, I was curious to read about the kidnapping from her mother's perspective. Wow, I can only begin to imagine what Lorinda went through, trying to negotiate for her daughter's life, the stresses and strains as each hope fails, the keeping secrets and avoiding the media so the kidnappers wouldn't think they were a rich family and demand a higher ransom. I can't help feeling that both Lorinda and Amanda were let down by the Canadian Government once they went as far as they could without any resolution.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Shelly Lynn

    If you have not yet picked up Lorinda Stewart’s book “One Day Closer”, please do! When I started it, I could not put it down, even though I was familiar with the event and I knew the outcome, it was a riveting description of the lengths to which this amazing mother went to in order to safely bring her daughter home from captivity in Somalia. Lorinda you are one of the most amazingly strong women We have ever had the privilege of meeting. You are a true inspiration. Thank you so much for sharing If you have not yet picked up Lorinda Stewart’s book “One Day Closer”, please do! When I started it, I could not put it down, even though I was familiar with the event and I knew the outcome, it was a riveting description of the lengths to which this amazing mother went to in order to safely bring her daughter home from captivity in Somalia. Lorinda you are one of the most amazingly strong women We have ever had the privilege of meeting. You are a true inspiration. Thank you so much for sharing your story with the world.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Penelopeann

    Excellent!!!! Having read Amanda Lindhout's account (House in the Sky) of her experience as a hostage for 460 days in Somalia, it was very interesting to read her Mother's recollection of this traumatic event for her perspective. I could barely put the book down. It is not only well written, but the author's sincerity, love, compassion and honesty shines through every page. Both stories are of very strong, courageous women who have suffered, survived and now share a message of love, forgiveness Excellent!!!! Having read Amanda Lindhout's account (House in the Sky) of her experience as a hostage for 460 days in Somalia, it was very interesting to read her Mother's recollection of this traumatic event for her perspective. I could barely put the book down. It is not only well written, but the author's sincerity, love, compassion and honesty shines through every page. Both stories are of very strong, courageous women who have suffered, survived and now share a message of love, forgiveness and hope for our very troubled world.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Caitlin

    This excellent companion memoir to A House in the Sky is well-worth reading. As awful as Amanda Lindhout's experience clearly was, her mother's story is just as compelling and heart-wrenching. I was especially horrified to read about how terribly the Canadian government handled the situation - through shuffling Stewart's support network for seemingly no reason and eventually shutting it down over cost concerns to outright lying to Amanda's parents and arguably putting her life at risk. Worth pick This excellent companion memoir to A House in the Sky is well-worth reading. As awful as Amanda Lindhout's experience clearly was, her mother's story is just as compelling and heart-wrenching. I was especially horrified to read about how terribly the Canadian government handled the situation - through shuffling Stewart's support network for seemingly no reason and eventually shutting it down over cost concerns to outright lying to Amanda's parents and arguably putting her life at risk. Worth picking up, but read A House in the Sky first.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Sharon Clark

    This was a heart-wrenching, incredible true story written by a strong and amazingly courageous woman! I could not put it down. Lorinda writes from the heart not only of her horrendous experience in negotiating with kidnappers for her daughter's life and freedom, but also of her relationships with her family and friends. She is articulate, honest, forgiving and extremely insightful! I highly recommend this book!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Nicole

    First off my favorite book is A house in the Sky so I knew that I had to read this book. I really liked seeing how everything was from the mothers perspective. A mothers love is so precious and even though I knew what happened with the original story I still found myself counting down the days. The mother stopped at nothing until her daughter was home even when others seemed to give up on her. Highly recommend!!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Sandrau

    When I read Amanda’s book I couldn’t stop thinking about it so I had to read her mom’s. She went through emotional turmoil and I found the story heart wrenching. I understand why the government can’t pay ransoms but it was frustrating to read about them more or less abandoning this family when they didn’t make progress and Lorinda’s disappointment upon realizing what more she could have done had she not put complete faith into the Canadian government. Overall, an incredibly inspiring story

  24. 5 out of 5

    Sabina

    I found the first 150 pages a struggle to get through, but I found the remainder of the book a page turner. I thought Lorinda did a good job presenting an objective view of her past, and how she handled the situation. The epilogue was quite "real" and honest. An incredible story and a painful journey for a family to go through.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Teresa

    Just amazing. The patience, love and persistence this mother had...wow, we should all be so lucky in the mother department! I loved this author's daughter's book (A House in the Sky)...one of my favourites actually, so it was incredible to read her mother's experience of the same account. Incredible.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Rachel Anne

    A few years ago, I met Amanda at a book signing for Housed in the Sky and was stunned to hear of her ordeal in captivity and how even afterward, she approached the world with forgiveness. It was very interesting to read her mother's book and learn what families of kidnapping victims go through. I am amazed by the strength of these 2 women. Excellent read, highly recommend.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Miranda

    A touching real-life recount of a mother's love and the steps she will go to to ensure the safe return of her daughter. This book is a great choice for anyone who lives Amanda Lindhout's A House In the Sky. Highly recommended.

  28. 4 out of 5

    JoAnne

    One Day Closer was part of Simon and Schuster’s giveaway and was of interest to me after reading A House in the Sky. The book was absorbing even knowing the outcome and it provided details that complemented A House in the Sky rather than providing a similar perspective. The chapter on healing had lessons that could be helpful to many of us. I appreciated Lorinda Stewart’s candour when she wrote about her life, family and friends, and recommend reading the book.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Catherine Milmine

    Won this book on Goodreads. Enjoyed this book very much, being a mother myself of a daughter I cannot imagine what you went through each and every day and minute your daughter was kidnapped. I could not put this book down.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Ladybug

    This book completed the trilogy of Amanda and Nigel's books. Written by Amanda's mother I wasn't sure what to expect or if I'd learn anything new. I did. The power of a mother's love and the weakness of governments once the glitter of a story turns dull.

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