Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 21 October 2015
Where do I start to tell you why I loved this book so much?
The absolute joy meeting the 2 main characters, and becoming totally absorbed in their relationship, to the absolute horror of post natal depression, and it's consequences. You will be totally captivated.
There is such light and shade in this book. The courtship, marriage, the wonderful friendship between Matthew and Jess is beautifully written. The absolute horror of post natal depression is also beautifully written but harrowing to read. I have no idea if the writer herself ever suffered from pnd but either way you are left with a sense of relief that you, as a mother, didn't.
I was thoroughly gripped from the first word to the last. So much so that I have just finished reading it and it is 4:45
am. I just could not go to sleep without getting to the end. Each time I promised myself one last chapter I just couldn't do it.
I can promise you this is one of those books you will keep and read again. I will do just that. 100% recommend you do the same.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 20 March 2015
Having had PND myself I was intrigued to read this fictional account. I have to say I read the book alone and sobbed most of the way through. Jessica's thoughts reflected my own at that time and the fear and guilt were powerfully true. I found the book cathartic in some sense. I felt it helped me address some of my own stored pain from many years ago. It also made me sad to read the true love and support she had from family and friends, something I did not. That made me really sad. My husband wanted to hide the fact I couldn't cope. All new mothers should be made clearly aware of PND in hospital and anyone that can help bring this to other womens' attention, even so powerfully and true in fiction, should be applauded. A wonderful heart wrenching story so real to many of us and hopefully others will read it and feel they are not alone and understood.