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Book Review: A Pound of Hope

I have to confess that I’m pleasantly surprised!  The book “A Pound of Hope” was recommended to me so I contacted the author for a copy, have had it sitting on my shelf for a few weeks now (imagining that it was going to be a slow and difficult read like many preemie baby books), and finally started pouring over it yesterday.

Before reading the book I read the review on the back and was surprised to see that it had been labeled as “A riveting story of despair and tragedy, joy and laughter.  I couldn’t put it down…”.  What?  Really?  Couldn’t put it down?  I was sure that the critic was being over-generous in her review.

Wow.  It was all true.  I can’t put the book down!  It’s not a reference book full of medical and scientific explanations (although it does include footnotes to further explain medical information that enhances the experience and understanding of the reader), it’s just the author’s story.  It’s dramatic, true, devastating, hopeful, unbelievable, relevant, and tear-jerking.  I think it’s brought me to tears five times already and I’m about halfway through the book.

Anyway, of course I plan to publish a full review of the book when I’ve finished (which will be very soon because I don’t want to put it down), but I couldn’t wait to let all of you know how good it is!

Keep it in mind, but be patient.  After I publish my full review I will be giving away a copy to one of you – so stay tuned!  This extra copy of the book was generously donated to me by the authors themselves, for your benefit.

Afton Mower About Afton Mower

After Mower (UT) lost her firstborn son at 21 weeks.  Her daughter was born a year and a half later at 27 weeks.  The NICU was overwhelming and isolating and it was through those two experiences she was led to found this social hub for parents to find the support they needed. Afton also gave birth to another daughter, born two days overdue after four months of strict bedrest. She believes it is a tender experience to hold a special baby in your arms when his spirit returns to his heavenly home, a miracle to watch tiny babies survive the risks of prematurity and a blessing to hold a healthy full-term baby after months of difficulty and sacrifices.


  1. Cool! Have you read “The Early Birds?” http://www.amazon.com/Early-Birds-Mothers-Story-Times/dp/1400043832 I read it a while back. I read it because it deals with infertility and the prematurity was actually somewhat expected, but you may enjoy it too. It is the author’s own story as well, and I enjoyed how it was written.

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