Author: Matthew Logelin
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publish Date: April 14th 2011
Why You're Reading This Book:
- You're a memoir fan.
- You like a good tearjerker.
From Goodreads.com: "Matt and Liz Logelin were high school sweethearts. The pair settled together in Los Angeles and they had it all: the perfect marriage, a beautiful new home, and a baby girl on the way. But just twenty-seven hours after they welcomed Madeline into the world, Liz suffered a pulmonary embolism and instantly died, without ever holding the daughter whose arrival she had so eagerly awaited.
Faced with devastating grief and the responsibilities of a new and single father, Matt coped by returning to the small blog he had created to keep friends and family updated on Liz's pregnancy, which today has become a place for him to share with over a million curious readers the day to day of two lives bound by loss and love. But there is more to his story than just raising a daughter alone: Matt Logelin is an extraordinary human being. Having been sustained through tragedy by the kindness and generosity of strangers, he is now dedicated to helping others in difficult situations by reaching out and inspiring those facing loss or adversity."
My Two Cents:
Be warned: this is definitely a tearjerker. I came across this book at the library and was intrigued. It sounded like a good (if not very, very sad) story about coming to terms with loss and finding peace and closure somewhat. I was not disappointed. This book made me cry and there are very, very few books that are able to do that.
I really feel for Matt. He was so ready to become a father but not like he did, not without his beloved wife. Life sometimes has other plans whether we like it or not. Matt thrusts himself into trying to care for his newborn daughter while wondering all the while if he was doing what his wife, Liz, would be doing if she were there. That's such an incredibly painful thing to have to wonder.
This story does have a very hopeful ending, which I really liked. This is a great book for those who don't mind a cry or two while reading.