Amanda's Books

Three and a Half Heartbeats

Date Published: 10 September 2015
Book Number: 10

The Story:

Grace and Tom Penderford had a strong marriage, a comfortable home in the Hertfordshire countryside, and a healthy baby girl. They were happy. They were normal.

But soon after Chloe turns three, tragedy strikes. A disease called Sepsis claims the life of their daughter, devastating their little family.

A Note From Amanda:

After learning about the vast number of fatalities that sepsis is responsible for, I wanted to help the UK Sepsis Trust to raise awareness about the condition. The fact that the symptoms were not widely known but that sepsis is treatable if diagnosed quickly enough really made me think. I soon hit on the idea of a writing a book where one of the characters falls ill with sepsis but the symptoms are either missed or explained away in the same way that many of the true life examples I've heard of are. The title of the book coms from the fact that sepsis claims a life somewhere in the world every three and a half seconds, which roughly equates into that number of heartbeats and readers of the book learn about how to recognise the symptoms of sepsis in friends and loved ones. I'm pleased to say that this has clearly worked as I've had several letters from readers who have saved the lives of family members by correctly recognising the tell tale signs of sepsis and pointing these out to doctors who have quickly run tests to confirm it and then provided life saving treatment.

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Reader Reviews:

Powerful read by Karen Haggerty 

Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 29 March 2018

I purchased this book three years ago. Two years after the death of my eldest son ( not Sepsis-related ) I began reading it last week and could not put it down. Amanda has not only educated many about the dangers of Sepsis but captured the emotions of all behaved parents, however, their child died. Some parts of the book were like looking in a mirror. My arms ached to comfort, Grace as she was me and I was her. I joined a charity after my son died for bereaved parents called The Compassionate Friends, there I met a lady whose son died of Sepsis. A young fit healthy 23-year-old he died within 24 hours of feeling unwell.
Thank you, Amanda, for breathing dignity into the worst loss we will ever experience. Apologies for a rather emotional review.


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