Monday, September 12, 2011

Thoughts of Baby Dust


Many thanks to Deanna Roy, author of Baby Dust, for allowing me to review her book. When I received the email from Deanna it was quite uncanny timing as I had just added her book to my list of books I wanted to read. So naturally I jumped at the chance to read it.

I had actually read the first chapter of the book on Deanna’s website before I had received an email from her. Reading the first chapter is what really caught my attention and I knew this book would be unlike any I had read before. Most books are nonfiction and are people telling their own stories. This book is fiction based on the true stories of women gathered by Deanna.

The book tells the stories of 5 women-Melinda, Dot, Tina, Janet, and Stella- who have lost their babies at varying gestations and in varying ways. I’m glad that each story is a little different. Each story is very believable and real. I could relate to moments and emotions that these women experienced and felt. I believe other women who read this book and have experienced loss will feel the same. I hope those who haven’t lost read this book too so they can get a glimpse of what life can be like after losing your baby.

One of my favorite quotes (the last sentence especially) from the book is this:
”What horror to face, to choose the moment of your child’s death, to see the machines whir to a stop, the monitors to beep, the line of the heartbeat to go flat. No one really recovers from that.”

I don’t want to get too much into the book as I don’t want to “ruin” anything for anyone who wants to read it but I will say that this book is a MUST READ. Once I started reading the book I wanted to keep reading it until I finished. I became involved in each of the characters and hoped for them like I do for any of my baby loss friends. Even the kinship of their circle reminded me of the community I have become a part of here online.

So my recommendation about the book? Buy it and read it!!

Because I loved the book so much I want to give away my signed copy of the book from Deanna to one of my readers. To enter just leave a comment and I will announce the winner on Friday.

Thank you again Deanna for the opportunity to review your book!


AKD said...

This sounds amazing, Holly!

Caroline said...

It sounds like a awesome book. Thanx for sharing.

Sarita Boyette said...

Now I am really interested! I'm glad that she wrote this book and I can't wait to read it myself. It will be on my wish list, too.

Stacy said...

I'm excited to read it!

Natasha said...

I'm excited to read this book too! I was able to provide some of my photography for the Baby Dust Trailer as part of my Illuminate class and it was a great experience. Definitely added t to my book list!

Mary said...

I am excited to read the book too! I'm like Natasha, some of my photos were used in the trailer. Great giveaway Holly!

Kate said...

I've been pretty skeptical about reading books about babyloss, books about heaven, etc., but for some reason, I feel this book is different. I read the first chapter and am really interested in reading the book. Thanks for sharing it with us!

Elaine said...

I would love a chance to read the book! It sounded great when Deanna emailed me about it as well. I love the fact that it comes from different perspectives.

Trisha Larson said...

Boy does that last sentence ever resonate with me. Ugh! I still replay those moments over and over again in my mind. I will never recover from that. Ever.

I would LOVE to read this book. I am so bad at buying books so if I don't win this one, please give me a kick in the pants so that I actually buy it.


lost--for--words said...

Oh boy, that quote is EXACTLY what has gone through my mind in the last two-and-a-half years. Over and over, those horribly traumatic moments tourment me. It is such a struggle to find happiness after experiencing that. And it's true, I don't think there is a way to ever fully recover after going through that. Such trauma does alter your life completely and it will forever be a heavy load to bear. This sounds like a really good book, I would love to read it!

Mary said...

Holly, it sounds wonderful! Even if I don't win, I will have to read it and see if it would be a good book to include in our bereavement boxes at the hospital. Right now we have "when hello means goodbye" but another would be nice, especially fiction!

Anonymous said...

sounds like a very good book, will def have to read it sometime... funny how things work out, i was just thinking the other day about fidning books on loss(i looked in a store the other day and they had nothing for child loss)

Remembering Alexander said...

Thanks for sharing Holly and Deanna.

kvwriter said...

Being a writer myself, I love the idea of taking real-life scenarios and turning it into fiction. You know what you are reading is based on fact, and yet the personal names and details can be kept private. This book sounds wonderful, I'm so glad you had a chance to review it! :)

Crystal said...

I read the first chapter and I'm excited to read the rest!

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