Book Shares a Raw Story of Self-discovery, Forgiveness and Healing

According to Amelia Banis, being adopted is one thing, but being adopted and navigating the complexities of having unexpected relationships with both biological parents is something quite different. For her, having two sets of parents can be an incredible gift, but it can also be unimaginably complicated and challenging. It is often filled with mixed emotions of the past for everyone involved. In her book titled “The Last Year” (published by Balboa Press), Banis shares her story as an adoptee and how she learns to confront her past and live in the present while caring for her dying father. To find out more about this real-life account of her personal experiences, readers can visit

The book shares Banis’ story as an adoptee. She tells about the exhilarating and heartbreaking twists and turns in the search for understanding her past as well as how she moved forward with a whole new future. This memoir speaks to one woman’s experiences caring for her dying adoptive father in the last year of his life. Sharing the chronicle of their sometimes-strained relationship and her own journey to meet her biological parents, Banis narrates her story to help others learn to let go, forgive and face the turbulent emotions of the passing of loved ones, even when those relationships are troubled.

“There are so many TV shows and segments on adoptions and reunions. However, they very rarely give you a glimpse beyond those first moments,” Banis points out. “This is a true story of what happens after that first day. It is honest, heartbreaking and funny all at the same time.”

“The Last Year” reminds readers to stay open to all experiences in their life so that they may find the lesson in them. “Healing and love are always possible. The unbelievable happens every day,” Banis adds.

“The Last Year”
By Amelia Banis
Hardcover | 5.5 x 8.5in | 216 pages | ISBN 9781504397582
Softcover | 5.5 x 8.5in | 216 pages | ISBN 9781504397575
E-Book | 216 pages | ISBN     9781504397599
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author
Amelia Banis is a married mother of two daughters that has not only navigated the experiences of being an adoptee that has gone through the journey of having relationships with both biological parents, but is also an entrepreneur in the conscious consumerism world in both her own business and consulting for others. She also had a successful 20-year career in finance responsible for strategy and market development of a $25 billion business line.

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