WordsAPlenty received an advanced reading copy “Of This Much I’m Sure: A Memoir” by Nadine Kenney Johnstone in exchange for an honest review.
Finding that special someone you wish to spend the rest of your life with and have babies is daunting given the number of people in the world, the size of the world but Nadine Kenney found that special someone while on vacation in Florida. Now she has to move from Chicago to a small suburban area in Massachusetts. Life was going to be perfect. For most starting a family would be easy and smooth going but not for Nadine and Jamie.
Given Jamie’s circumstances when he was younger, they must turn to IVF if they have any hope of having children. Thus begins the nightmare and terrifying ordeal that Nadine and Jamie must face together as they go through the IVF process – the failures, the life changing process and mind numbing sense of being overwhelmed. Then when everything seems to be going right, their baby is facing a life threatening danger. Nadine finds comfort with her family and friends as well as a sense of hope.
“And if I do live to survive, I am acutely aware that my life will forever be categorized as before IVF and after.”
Nadine Kenney Johnstone describes her horrifying ordeal and desperate desire to have children every step of the way. The reader feels her heart wrenching anguish as she vividly describes her experiences. Told straight from the heart, one cannot help but connect with Nadine and feel her torment and heartache after each setback. Told in simple down to earth terms, the reader is given a front seat on her emotional, mental and physical rollercoaster ride into motherhood.
Johnstone’s memoir is moving; one cannot help but respond with tears, sighs and an urge to hug your children/spouse/grandchildren. Her path to motherhood is rough and fraught with hardships that are unimaginable, yet she stays strong throughout.
This is a must read for anyone and everyone. Johnstone talks about how she felt, not being able to conceive and seeing others slide into pregnancy and motherhood without problems. She sees both sides of the situation as she experiences both. As a woman, Johnstone’s openness and inner strength will provide guidance, support and most importantly HOPE.
WordsAPlenty gives this book a five-star rating for being well written, brutally honest and hopeful all at once.
To purchase this book, click here. Will be available April 17, 2017.