As many of my readers know, reading is one of my passions. I love reading books, I love recommending books, in fact, I work as a book seller at a local bookstore.
Did I mention that I love books?
I had the opportunity from the NE Bloggers Network to read and review a book called Mo(u)rning Joy by Kalan Chapman Lloyd. Let me preface by saying, this book is not normally the type of book that I read. I am usually a chick lit or dystopian teen kind of gal. This was definitely neither of those.
But you know what? It didn’t matter. The book touched me in many ways. As a Mom. As a woman. As a human.
So, what is Mo(u)rning Joy all about? Grab your box of tissues and read on.
As a Mom, I have never personally gone through a pregnancy loss. But I have friends that have. The thing is, they never wanted to talk about it beyond the basics. The surface. A hint of their true pain.
So when I started reading Mo(u)rning Joy, I was excited. After all, any book that begins with a quote from “Finding Nemo” is bound to be great, right?
Well, it was a truly eye opening. And heart wrenching. And at first, I was so angry at myself for agreeing to do this review. Wait, whoa? Did I type that? Yes I did. I was angry at the author, as well. Not what you expected to read, right?
But it’s true. I was angry at Kalan for putting me right there in her pain. That didn’t last long, though, because as I continued to read, I realized what an amazingly gifted writer she is. And what an amazing woman she is to go through the hell that she did, and share it so truthfully with the rest of the world.
I know that I could never be that strong or brave or amazing.
Pregnancy loss is not a subject that comes easy to most people. In fact, most avoid it. Not because they don’t care, but mostly because they just don’t know what to say. Kalan’s glimpse into the real and raw events surrounding the news gives me, as a reader and Mom, new insight into how a family dealing with this loss is feeling.
So, please, if you truly want to understand, read this book. With tea and tissues and a cozy blanket. But most importantly, and open heart and mind.
You can get your copy of the book here:
Thank you Kalan, for allowing me the honor of reading your book and a glimpse into your soul.
Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this e-book in exchange for my honest review.