“I really enjoyed this-- very similar but even better than "A good and perfect gift". Raw, honest, heartfelt”Kelsey T wrote this review Friday, June 21, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“What a great story. Nella and Kelle both won me over with their story. Well to be honest everyone in this book was great. I flew in love with Nella and grew to love her even more as the story moved along. The strongest moments that happened in this book were the ones that took place right after Kelle gave birth to Nella and saw her for the first time. Her instant reaction to Nella, to the time when she asked for her father and he said “That’s okay, we love her”. Then there was the moment when Kelle’s friends moved the rocking chair under the blue light so that they could hold Nella as she craved human touch. Also, I can not forget the moment when Kelle was visited by another woman in the hospital who told Kelle she was lucky as she also had a baby girl who had Down syndrome but died at birth.
All of the pictures in this book are just gorgeous. Kelle is a great photographer. She really captured the story she was telling as well as the essence of who Nella is. Bloom would make the perfect mother’s day gift. This book will have you talking about it with your friends.
“Emotional and honest, Kelle Hampton's memoir focuses on her daughter Nella's first year of life, but actually speaks more of Hampton's own journey as a mother. Down Syndrome was not on Hampton's radar throughout her pregnancy, so the diagnosis came as a complete shock, though one that she knew from the first moment she laid eyes on her newborn daughter. Hampton is fiercely honest in this memoir, speaking of the spectrum of emotions she experienced after Nella's birth. This is a beautiful read for all parents, but one that I suspect will resonate even more deeply with parents of children with special needs.”Dawn M wrote this review Sunday, April 7, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This book got in my head, when I wasn't reading it I was thinking about it and longing to read it. I cried with Kelle, but mostly because she was so blessed to be surrounded by so many loving people. I want to be a better mother, friend, and person. ”Janice M wrote this review Sunday, March 24, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Raw, beautiful, lovely, inspiring. I found myself laughing, crying and wanting to sit down for a glass of wine with author Kelle and her brood of memorable friends. Loved it! Not only for moms with kids with special needs, but ALL mommies.
“Ok, but she was a bit whiny. Had good reason, of course, but sort of too much. Also very self-absorbed. Seemed to be congratulating herself daily for actually loving the baby.”Linda S wrote this review Friday, January 11, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“For Christy- About Anna”Linda B wrote this review Thursday, November 29, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Do I feel bad rating a book about such a struggle "it was ok"?
yes. However, it's how I feel I truly feel for her, she is amazing to have such a positive outlook, and little Nella is GORGEOUS, but.. the book drug on and on and on. She said the same thing 10 different ways.
The photographs were lovely though.”
“Kelle Hampton’s memoir, “Bloom: Finding Beauty in the Unexpected,” truly pulls the heart-strings. Baby Nella’s birth wasn’t quite the birthday Kelle Hampton had envisioned during the nine months of her sometimes problem pregnancy. When handed her just-born daughter, Kelle recognized immediately that her child had Down Syndrome. Readers will follow Kelle and her family’s first year journey with Nella and discover that just like the doctor said – Nella is “beautiful and perfect.” Kelle’s stunning, intimate photography liberally placed throughout the memoir will make readers feel like part of the Hampton family.
Written for Town & Country”
“Actually only read bits and pieces. I had a hard time seeing so much excess going on at the beginning with the champagne, new baby favors, big sister crown, and crowds of people so I mostly just looked at the pictures. Do real people have these kinds of parties at the births of babies?”Jennifer C wrote this review Monday, August 6, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No