Monday, April 23, 2012

Book review: "Bloom: finding beauty in the unexpected"

I've been following blogger Kelle Hampton for a while; she is a rather positive blogger and her pictures are always stunning.. (of course they are.. she's a photographer!)...
A lot of people are drawn to Kelle because of her awesome writing skills and the way she told "unexpected" story of her daughter Nella, who was born with Down Syndrome and it took everyone by surprise...
Kelle has been great about blogging her life and sharing her family's ups and downs so when she announced her book "Bloom", I became very eager to read...
The book came out on April 3rd and immediately made the New York Best Seller's list; Kelle even had an appearance on the Today show and her book was featured in People magazine (hello, fame!)..
I read the book in about a week's time and although I must say that her honesty really shocked me at first and I even got pissed at her for admitting her initial "rejection" towards Nella; I guess her story grew on me... After all, I've never been in her shoes so I'm no one to say what it feels like to unexpectedly deliver a baby with Down Syndrome... Her story is raw and very real...She talks about her "perfect little family" before baby Nella arrived in 2010 and goes on to describe how her perspective changed after going through so much pain and how she is trying to make the best of it every day... I cried, I laughed, I rolled my eyes and felt a ton of emotions while reading her book..
I personally know a few friends who have kids with disabilities and I have seen first hand the crazy, protective love that a mother can feel for her kids, so Kelle's story is a good one to read and to share...
Her book is packed with tons of colorful, beautiful and perfect pictures of her kids and the book has a great message...."we must find beauty in the unexpected", she's also a very good writer (with very good editors).. it was definitely a heart warming memoir...
Good one, Kelle!

1 comment:

The Motivated Mom said...

Great book review! I can't wait to check it out! :)