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Monday, May 9, 2011

Memoir Monday... Two Kisses for Maddy by Matt Logelin

Our first book for "Read Like a Mother week" is a Memoir, Two Kisses for Maddy by Matt Logelin, which is a love story and the story of the devastating loss of new mom & wife of Matt, Liz, just 27 hours after the birth of her daughter. Matt poured his heart out in a blog, which became an amazing support system for him. When I read about this book, without even turning the pages I teared up. Here's the blurb from the publishers, Hachette...
Matt and Liz Logelin were high school sweethearts. After years of long-distance dating, the pair finally settled together in Los Angeles, and they had it all: a perfect marriage, a gorgeous new home, and a baby girl on the way. Liz's pregnancy was rocky, but they welcomed Madeline, beautiful and healthy, into the world on March 24, 2008.

Just twenty-seven hours later, Liz suffered a pulmonary embolism and died instantly, without ever holding the daughter whose arrival she had so eagerly awaited. Though confronted with devastating grief and the responsibilities of a new and single father, Matt did not surrender to devastation; he chose to keep moving forward-- to make a life for Maddy.

In this memoir, Matt shares bittersweet and often humorous anecdotes of his courtship and marriage to Liz; of relying on his newborn daughter for the support that she unknowingly provided; and of the extraordinary online community of strangers who have become his friends. In honoring Liz's legacy, heartache has become solace.
Matt still has a blog, and in Liz's memory he has created The Liz Logelin Foundation, which is a foundation that offers support and financial assistance to young widows and widowers with dependent children. This is definitely one book on my reading list and a perfect memoir for a week in which we celebrate Mothers!

Two Kisses for Maddy by Matt Logelin is available now from your favorite bookstore! And it's Kindle Ready!


Uniflame said...

I have read this book and it is so raw and pure! My thoughts on it are here:

You should read this for sure. This topic needs to get more attention.

Suzanne Yester said...

Thanks Uniflame for your thoughts and link to your review! This sounded so amazing and heartbreaking at the same time!

Nap Mom said...

Read it. Loved it. Met Matt at the Gaitherburg book festival this weekend. Such a powerful story.

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