In 2010 Sophie Wyndham’s world was shattered when she had a stillborn son. Five months later she had a miscarriage. This is the raw account of her struggle with loss and infertility, and the changed woman she became through it. Sophie openly and honestly recounts the journey of healing (and ultimately the birth of a daughter), and gives voice to the silent grief experienced by millions of women and their partners. This is a memoir that is uncomfortable to read, because the subject is so uncomfortable. But with 1 in 4 women experiencing the loss of a pregnancy, and many struggling to conceive, it’s a subject that needs to be understood and treated with compassion. Sophie’s story is hers, but it is only one of millions like her, and reading it will leave you with a clearer picture of the grief carried by these mama’s, and how to support and love those who are experiencing the same grief.
As I get ready to write this review, I am scratching my head asking myself how this book could end so abruptly. I’m actually in a bit of shock to tell you the truth. I was reading the book on a Kindle app and I kept trying to swipe to the next page over and over until I realized there was no next page. The End. Just like that. Wow.
Fragile and Perfectly Cracked shares the journey when Sophie and her husband decided they are ready to start a family and the journey they take in their efforts to have a baby. While the subject matter of this book is tough stuff, the story is honest and raw. The subject matter of this book is heavy duty and even uncomfortable at times, but Sophie shares their heartache and emotional loss she and her husband experience along the way.
I don’t consider myself to be a prude, but I did feel that the language in this book was much more – well, “blunt” than I am used to, but not unbearable. You could feel Sophie’s raw emotions in this well written book. I have to say by not having experienced the course that Sophie and her husband must take, I can’t judge how I might feel in the same situation or what I might say. I commend her on being able to put pen to paper and share with readers exactly how the whole experience felt to her. Sophie helps readers understand how miscarriage can leave women feeling very real grief for the baby they have lost, no matter what stage she is when the baby passes. Fragile and Perfectly Cracked will help women experiencing similar challenges feel that they are not alone and that there is hope.
My biggest qualm with this book is the fact that it just ends. Bam. The line on the stick is positive, she’s pregnant and then the book is over. I want the story to tie back to the beginning in much more detail, but then, that’s just me. I have to admit that I’m happy Sophie starts the book out with her own “spoiler” because it helps make reading the rest of the book just a little easier.
I was provided with a complimentary digital copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review and unbiased opinion.