Purple Leaves, Red Cherries: A Review

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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.comamazon.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.

It is not a mandatory requirement but it would be lovely if you could visit the Purple Leaves, Red Cherries blog, follow them on Twitter and/or like them on Facebook.

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.




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  • January 12, 2012 Ann

    Wow – it sounds like a lovely book. …and a GREAT review!
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  • January 12, 2012 Hopes

    Oh I would love to read this book. A short story written by another mother to read at the end of a long and trying day would give me the perfect motivation to get up and do it all over again!!! What a brilliant idea!

  • January 12, 2012 Cynthia M

    This sounds like a lovely book! I would love to win it, and I may have to buy it if I don’t.
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  • January 12, 2012 Kimberly

    Oh wow, that sounds like an amazing book! It sure sounds like something all mothers can relate to.
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  • January 12, 2012 Asianmommy

    Sounds like a great book!
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  • January 12, 2012 Emmy

    That book sounds awesome! And I love short stories like that as sometimes all I have is a few minutes here and there to read. Hope I win!
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  • January 12, 2012 Stasha

    I read the blog a few times, but never realized this is the book Tania published. I will download it, but I would love to win the hard copy because those illustrations are beautiful. And I follow them on twitter and all. Great review Alison, I know you don’t like doing them but you are great at talking about books. I would take your advice anytime.
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  • January 12, 2012 tracy

    What a gorgeous book. I would love to win it. So fun!
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  • January 12, 2012 Galit Breen

    Alison, this is so lovely! And what a fabulous review!
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  • January 12, 2012 Twisted Domestic Goddess

    Oh my goodness I teared up just reading the short descriptions of the stories!

  • January 13, 2012 Dina

    That sounds like a really great read, thank you for bringing it to our attention!
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  • January 13, 2012 Mirjam

    Excellent review Alison!
    I want to run to the store to get the book now! I can’t wait to read it because the way you described it is beautiful.
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  • January 13, 2012 elizabeth-flourishinprogress

    Sounds like an amazing book! I am in deep need of some inspiration right about now.
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  • January 13, 2012 Jessica

    This book sounds amazing! I haven’t read a book in months, so I think this could be a great way to jump back in. Thanks for sharing this!
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  • January 13, 2012 Jenny K

    I loved the preview videos for this book on their website – especially on the line about “the most sophisticated thing I have done all day is eat a piece of dark chocolate…” That made me laugh out loud and it was so therapeutic to hear that another mom was in the same place as me.

  • January 13, 2012 Kimberly

    That sounds like the feel good book that I need to be reading right this moment.
    PS. I have a US address too so na na na na na na
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  • January 13, 2012 Kristen

    Ooohh…I’m about to go on a small vacation. This would be perfect on the plane and while having some down time. THanks for sharing. I’m off to Amazon!
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  • January 13, 2012 Jessica

    I like the length of the stories. 140 words will ensure that I don’t lose track of what is going on.
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  • January 13, 2012 Runnermom-jen

    This sounds like my kind of book. And, you did a great job of reviewing it!! I’m off to get the ebook now!
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  • January 13, 2012 Andrea

    I’ve never heard of it before, but it sounds like an excellent book! I’ll have to pick it up, thanks!
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  • January 13, 2012 Robbie

    Sounds like an amazing book and I need something new to read 🙂
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  • January 13, 2012 megan

    That sounds like a beautiful book. I love oneas with hsort stories, can keep them by the bed for a few minutes of slowing down my mind.
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  • January 13, 2012 Leighann

    Even though I can’t win it sounds like a great book!
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  • January 13, 2012 By Word of Mouth Musings

    Looking forward to your new link up!
    And just love the cover of that book – so beautiful xxx
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  • January 13, 2012 My Inner Chick

    –Mama, A,
    I shall look for this book at my school.

    Lovely Cover.
    My kids are older, but I love reading children’s books.

    Don’t tell anybody! Ha

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  • January 13, 2012 Alexandra

    This book, exactly what I like to curl up to at the end of a looooong day.

    Wish me luck.

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  • January 13, 2012 Lindsay

    I’m always looking for a good book! This is a wonderful review! I may just have to go pick it up.
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  • January 14, 2012 Christine

    This book sounds lovely so no disrespect when I say I’m glad you didn’t read it before you had Monkey because you might have decided to write a book instead of starting a blog 😉
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  • January 14, 2012 Rach (DonutsMama)

    I won this book a few weeks ago and love it too! What I really like is that you can just thumb through it and read a snippet when you have a few minutes here and there. I too wished I’d had this when Donut was just a few days old. It’s so comforting, isn’t it?
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  • January 14, 2012 KLZ

    What a cool book! And a great reminder to do kegels.

  • January 14, 2012 Corinne O'Sullivan

    Great review, Alison! You’ve succeeded – I definitely want to go and read this book. It sounds like perfect fun reading for those days I just don’t want to deal and need to be reassured that it’s all normal!

    Also, the Kindle price sounds like a steal so how could I possibly say no?
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  • January 14, 2012 Lady Jennie

    Too bad I’m not a US resident. This book does look really great!
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  • January 14, 2012 Paula

    This sounds really good! I love having a book to read with compelling short stories for times when I just don’t have time to commit to a long novel. Thanks for the review!
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  • January 15, 2012 Jessica

    It does sound lovely. I’m going to keep it in mind as a gift the next time a friend announces a pregnancy (whether it’s her first or not)!
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  • January 17, 2012 Julia

    Wow this book sounds great! I can’t wait to read it.
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  • January 17, 2012 Shari Masafy

    The illustrations are beautiful and the content sounds compelling…

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