Yesterday afternoon while I was hanging out in Decatur waiting for my parents and sister to meet me for dinner I wandered into the Little Shop of Stories to kill some time. (side note – I seriously love this book store, it’s my favorite one in all of Atlanta. If you’re ever in the area you HAVE to stop by). I wasn’t really planning on buying anything but I picked up a book off the front table display, read the back and immediately knew I wasn’t leaving until I had purchased it.
The book was Two Kisses for Maddy by Matt Logelin (Published on April 14th, 2011 by Grand Central Publishing.)
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.
This memori doesn’t fit my usual reading pattern (I tend to only read memoirs if they’re of Holocaust survivors, weird I know) but I was so drawn to this story and had to know what happened that I found myself picking it up and being unable to put it down until I finished the entire thing.
I stayed up entirely too late last night reading this book. Losing myself entirely in a story that’s about death, love, loss, life, adventure, grief and joy. From almost the beginning I had tears streaming down my face as I read the struggles this young family faced both during the pregnancy and after the loss of their wife and mother. Yet as the book moved forward I found myself laughing and smiling (occasionally through tears) along with Matt and Maddy as he recounted their lives over the past three years.
I’m not sure that any full review I write could do any semblance of justice to this incredible book and the true story behind it. Suffice it to say that this is one of the best books I’ve read in a long time and the story will stay with me for some time.
If you’re interested you can read Matt’s blog as well.