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I don’t usually do reviews as I am unsure if I could break something down and feed you information objectively, ensuring all the facts are correct, and giving you a detailed, fully involved opinion.
However, when I read Purple Leaves, Red Cherries by Tania Elfersy and Andrea Katzman, I wanted to review this. I want to tell you how amazing this book is, how you must read it as a mother, how you will absolutely love it, just as I did. And the illustrations by Nomi Melul Ohad are simply stunning.
Image courtesy of Purple Leaves, Red Cherries
I read the book in under 2 hours. It was that compelling.
The book is made up of 48 short stories (each in 140 words or less!) as told by mothers from all walks of life, segmented by the journey we walk as we begin motherhood: The Beginnings, Boundaries and Balance, Body, Who I Was, Who I Am, Love, [In]Sanity, Relationships, Difficult Days, Work, Sex, Expectations, and Wise Women.
I nodded along as I read Fractions by Laliv, mother of two, as she talked about lack of sleep.
I teared up as I read Mother Time by Mallory, mother of one, as she reflected on how precious a gift it is to give our child our time, even if it is “often quiet, sometimes boring and frequently seen as unproductive.”
I giggled as I read Kegels by Lillian, mother of three, as she writes about the changes her body has gone through, so much so she can’t hold a tampon in!
I felt like she was writing my story when I read Defining Me by Sarah, mother of two, as she described that familiar pull between the “woman I am, and the mother I had become.”
I commiserated as I read Room For Love by Emily, mother of three, when she talked about how terrified she was of how she would feel about her subsequent children after her firstborn (especially since I found out I’m expecting my second child).
I cried when I read The Next Day by Kris, mother of three – the first line of her story: “I’ve felt like throwing my baby out the window.” Yes, yes, I know what you mean.
I related when I read From The Deep End by Sophia, mother of two, as she wrote about the change in her relationship with her husband in the early days of motherhood.
I felt like her when I read Rocking by Leslie, mother of two, as she asks the tough questions of her baby: “Why did you choose me? What if I’m not good enough? What if I’m not enough? What if I fail?”
I breathed a sigh of relief when I read Confessions by Hannah, mother of one, when she confesses she breaks her own ‘rules’ of motherhood – ohmygod, I’m not the only one.
You see, I love this book because I can see myself in each of these women and their stories. I felt less alone. I felt that I too, can do this.
I wish I’d read this two years ago when I was a new mother. I’m glad I have this book now as I’m more than halfway through my second pregnancy. I know I will reach out and read this again when my second son is born in in a few short months.
Aside from the beautiful short stories, there is also a journal that encourages you to write your own stories. The wonderful took kit in the book contains ‘Five Minute Wonders”, filled with simple instructions, recipes and special supplies. You can re-energize yourself with a smoothie, refresh yourself with a facial and even make your own herbal soak!
What are you waiting for? Go get Purple Leaves, Red Cherries.Get one for yourself, your sister, cousin, best friend. You won’t regret it.
The hardback edition is currently available on amazon.com. There is also an eBook, which includes all the short stories and one-page versions of the main chapter illustrations. The eBook is available on iTunes and also on Kindle (at a special price of $0.99!) at amazon.com, amazon.co.uk and amazon.de.
Or, you can try your luck at winning a hardback copy of Purple Leaves, Red Cherries (worth $28.95) right here on Mama Wants This! Tania and Andrea are generously offering one MWT reader the chance to own this beautiful book, and it’s easy.
Entry Requirements: Just comment on this post! Only one comment per person.
Who Can Enter: US residents only.
Contest Dates: Opens today, January 12, closes January 16 at 9.00PM (EST).
Winner: One winner will be chosen via And The Winner Is plugin, and will be announced on January 18.
This giveaway is now closed.
I was provided with an eBook version of Purple Leaves, Red Cherries for purposes of this review. I did not receive compensation for writing this review, and all opinions expressed are my own.