Sunday, April 24, 2011

Book review: Two Kisses for Maddy by Matt Logelin

Title: Two Kisses for Maddy
Author: Matt Logelin
Genre: Non-Fiction
Subject: Loss, Parenting
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Release date: April 14, 2011
Length: 256 pages
I got this book: From the publisher for review through NetGalley.

From Netgalley:
"Matt and Liz Logelin were high school sweethearts. After years of long-distance dating, the pair finally settled together in Los Angeles, and they had it all: a perfect marriage, a gorgeous new home, and a baby girl on the way. Liz’s pregnancy was rocky, but they welcomed Madeline, beautiful and healthy, into the world on March 24, 2008.

Just twenty-seven hours later, Liz suffered a pulmonary embolism and died instantly, without ever holding the daughter whose arrival she had so eagerly awaited. Though confronted with devastating grief and the responsibilities of a new and single father, Matt did not surrender to devastation; he chose to keep moving forward– to make a life for Maddy.

In this memoir, Matt shares bittersweet and often humorous anecdotes of his courtship and marriage to Liz; of relying on his newborn daughter for the support that she unknowingly provided; and of the extraordinary online community of strangers who have become his friends. In honoring Liz’s legacy, heartache has become solace."

Personal opinion:
When I saw this book offered on NetGalley something inside of me just had to read this. Maybe it was because I lost my dad a few years ago, or maybe it was because I just wanted to hear a story from a single dads point of view. The book covers the life Matt had with Lizz, her pregnancy and the first year of raising Maddy alone. I was touched by the book and how Matt eventually was able to help others in similar situations. I found the book inspirational and a beautiful gift for Maddy when she is older. The book felt very raw and nothing was sugar coated, which made this feel as a truly honest book. All though I have to say that at some point I felt the story was dragging a bit. I would recommend this book to people who have been in similar situations because it might be a source of comfort and recognition. But also be prepared that it can be a heavy read.

I liked it!

Please check out Matts blog for more information.
Purchase links: Amazon
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1 comment:

  1. I misunderstood the title at first glance and thought it was about that poor little girl who disappeared in Spain. Remember her?
    This sounds like a very intense and sad read, like you say, perhaps best suited for people who have lost a dear one in their lives.