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I'm about a week late writing this review. I finished the book and then was unable to sit and write my thoughts about it. But I have been thinking nonstop about this book ever since finishing it. I was definitely a little bit (maybe a lot) of a mess when I finished. Yeah, just a little bit of crying may have ensued. As usual, I loved Tiffany Williams as the narrator. Fabulous job!
What a fantastic story and the emotions and thoughts and feelings of the characters are so real! The author used her own experiences and feelings to write about these characters and what they experienced. I think knowing that as well as knowing that so many women experience what the three main characters of this story experience made it a more heart touching story than if it had been something completely made up.
I have a sister who suffered from PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome) and was unable to get pregnant with her oldest for a while. Then many complications throughout that pregnancy and a miracle baby that was born at 28 weeks gestation (normally should be about 40 weeks). The miracle baby survived and is grown up now but it was a very trying several months waiting and praying that all would be well and that my sister would be able to take her baby home from the hospital. Many other complications and she was unable to get pregnant again until 8 years later. Another miracle baby was born. When I first married my husband, we didn't know that I had PCOS. I got pregnant easily with our first and discovered after her birth about the PCOS. Knowing what my sister and many other women have gone through with that particular syndrome, we automatically assumed that having more children would be the same for us. Imagine to our surprise when I was suddenly pregnant again expecting baby #2. I have not had the struggle to conceive as we first imagined but the fear of the possibility was a struggle and emotionally hard. I have been blessed with having children but have seen the struggles of those who have not.
My mom worked in Labor and Delivery for many, many years and helped many babies been born and saw many babies not survive until birth or after birth, or she saw many young teenage mothers having babies and placing a baby for adoption. Those days she would come home from work absolutely emotionally drained we knew that she had been with a mother(family) who was grieving. She couldn't tell us any details but occasionally she would say that she sat with a family as they held their sweet baby who had died as they said goodbye and grieved.
It is never an easy things to deal with. The struggle to get pregnant, to not be able to get pregnant, to place a baby for adoption, to loose a baby before they've even breathed, or breathed for a short amount of time. To all those out there who have experienced this, first hand or through family, I wish I could give you a hug and lend you strength for those days that life seems like its too much, for those moments of wanting a little life to join your family. I hope that peace can come.
A dear friend and I were expecting babies at the same time. We lived in different locations but communicated frequently. At the end of her pregnancy she was put on bedrest and medication to stop labor until she reached 36 weeks. We talked two days before she was to go off the medication. The hope and excitement of this sweet baby girl finally being able to be born. The next morning her sweet little one died in the womb. The pain and sorrow that I felt at that time resurfaced while I was listening to this book and it just hit me again. Especially at the end. My friend and I talked and cried together many times over the phone. The guilt that I still had my sweet little one healthy and alive and she didn't was so hard. I know there are many more out there with experiences similar to mine or more personal than mine. I don't know why one woman can easily have babies and another cannot. But I do know that we can all be more loving and understanding and helpful to those around us. We don't know what we all are going through, we don't know what a person feels every minute. But we can be compassionate and give love and friendship to help.
This was such a beautiful story. I loved how the author addressed so many different emotions and aspects of fertility. Very, very well done! I know my review was more just me talking and rambling about my thoughts and experiences but that's truly what this book is about. Three women, their emotions, their love, their struggles, their heartaches. It's real, it's raw and beautiful. I can't say enough about how much I loved it. I can't say read it because it may not be something that every person can read right now in their life and that's ok. I will say though that if anyone is truly looking to understand a friend who is experiencing infertility then this would be a great book for perspective.
Content: Clean. Talk about infertility, ovulation cycle, couples sexual activity for conceiving (not graphic, done very tastefully). Definitely one I would recommend for adults to read before recommending for older YA. Although I did listen while my children were around. They loved it, they cried along with me and felt the emotions and sorrow for these women.
I received an audiobook from the author. All thoughts and opinions in the review are my own.
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Chasing Someday is a book that will definitely take you on an emotional roller coaster as three couples face infertility issues. I challenge anyone to listen to this story and not shed a few tears or crack a few smiles! As someone who put off getting married and almost lost my opportunity to have children, as well as helping my sister when she became pregnant as an unwed college freshman, I could definitely relate to at least two of the couples.
I applaud Lindzee Armstrong for writing this book and tackling a subject that is very hard to discuss out in the open with others; and making it a fictional story doesn't distract from the realities associated with these issues. The whole point of the story, I think, it to demonstrate how infertility and high-risk pregnancies affect many more people than one would expect (about 1/3 of all pregnancies end in miscarriage), especially in light of the glamorization of unwed pregnancy these days in the media. However, these difficulties are intimately personal and there are no right or wrong answers on how best to deal with them.
Tiffany Williams did an outstanding job narrating this audiobook providing differing voices for all of the female and male leads. Tiffany's style is very natural with smooth overtones and subtle character nuances. I was totally immersed when listening to her narration!
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