"Mom at Last is a very emotional read, if you have gone through infertility, IVF, miscarriage, and thinking of adoption you will understand the thoughts and feelings Sharon Simons goes through during her book. I wanted to read this book because I have been through similar things myself and have considered adoption and I thought it would be interesting to read about it from another person’s point of view and not from the leaflets I receive from agencies that basically sugar-coat things and make it look like it’s a simple processes. Another thing that grabbed me was the authors name Sharon Simons, I wonder if we are distant relations as we share the same surname.
"I was totally gripped to Mom at Last from the very beginning, I felt Sharon’s pain through losing her babies, her pain when things didn’t work out, but I also felt immense joy when she finally got her boys forever. I did laugh at the first time they had the boys on their own, and they had diaper explosions, too.
Mom at Last is a great book, especially when you are about to give up on your dreams of becoming a Mom, the way Sharon explains her journey to become a Mom will give anyone who reads it HOPE. Well written and it was a pleasure to read."
~ Stressed Rach Review
The courage and fortitude you and Rick had to continue your journey against extremely terrible circumstances was just so moving to me. We all toss around words like, “destiny” and “miracles” but this is one of those times where I feel both were created out of the love that you and Rick share. Your book is a testament to courage, dedication, and an inspiration to all that read your eloquent words. Congratulations on the much deserved success you will be seeing shortly, when the book is released. What a moving story you have given your boys to read.
~ Elizabeth Sickel
"After losing the twins, 'you can go either way — get depressed or you can be more determined' to have a child, she said. 'And I think it made me more determined, to know that that was what I wanted — to be a mom. I was going to figure it out one way or another.'
~Anonymous Blog Comment
"What a great read! Books like Mom at Last make me want to read more nonfiction. Being a mother to a two-year old, I could really identify with Sharon's desire to become a mother. I can't imagine not having my baby, and the thought of being physically unable to have children is heartbreaking to me. Mom at Last made me appreciate motherhood even more than I already do.
"I liked Sharon right from the start. She is strong, decisive, and smart. What really made me fall in love with her, though, was how she triumphs despite her hardships. No matter the circumstances, she never gave up on her calling to be a mother. When I read about how Sharon lost her twin boys halfway through the pregnancy, I cried for her. I could not believe the turn of events that lead to that heartache.
"But the most enlightening part of this book was the portrayal of Sharon's journey to adoption. I had no idea that Russian adoptions are handled like that! I was shocked at the cost, the organization of the Russian authorities (or lack thereof) and how long the entire process takes. I knew adopting a child was a very long and arduous process, but I had no idea just how many steps future parents have to take and how many hoops they have to jump through. It boggles my mind that it's so hard for good people to adopt a child, but any woman can get pregnant and have a baby, no matter how seemingly unfit of a mother she may be.
"The other thing I learned from Mom at Last was how arduous IVF really is. I always thought of it as daily hormone shots and then getting your eggs harvested at the end of your cycle, then having the fertilized embryos implanted later. I never realized just how many injections are involved, how painful they are, and what the side effects are. Sharon went through several IVF cycles and I felt so badly for her. It is truly a draining process, both emotionally, physically and financially.
"The only thing I didn't love about Mom at Last was that it felt didactic at times. I wanted more emotion and less instruction---but I got tons of emotion at the end of the story. I was so happy for Sharon to finally become a mother, and for her sons to have a loving, secure home. I would definitely recommend Mom at Last. It's a great, powerful read, perfect for Mother's Day!"
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