Mary F. (Muskegon, Mi)
Finding beauty in the unexpected is exactly what Kelle Hampton did when her second daughter was born with Down's Syndrome. This memoir shows the love and support of family and friends that Kelle needed as she came to terms with the unexpected. I enjoyed reading of Kelle's passion for life and dealing with it as it shows up. The photography really enhanced the memoir.
Melissa H. (Pittsburgh, PA)
Aspiring to Live an Oscar Worthy Life
I laughed, I cried and came away with a deeper appreciation for life. The honesty of this memoir was refreshing. In a world which is so focused on what is "normal" and "perfect", this woman discovered that these terms are defined within your own life and not by society.
It was beautiful to see this woman grow into a deeper and stronger person through the love of her two daughters. It also gave the reader perspective to appreciate the "wild and precious life" we have with all it's pain and heartache and beauty.
Susan J. (Twain Harte, CA)
The Power of a Mother's Love
Kelle Hampton holds nothing back, revealing all her conflicting feelings about her Down Syndrome daughter Nelle's birth. Her support system of 28 "sisters" may seem overwhelming to those of us who handle emotions more privately, but there is no doubt that her story is gripping and true. The photographs are beautiful and speak for themselves of Kelle's love for her daughters. "Bloom" is an excellent read for all mothers and would-be mothers.
Anne B. (Carson City, NV)
What is the point
I really wanted to like this book and I didn't hate it, but I really never got what she was writing about except to say what a fabulous support system she had in her family and friends. Ms. Hampton spent a lot of time explaining her reaction (which seemed perfectly natural to me) when her daughter was born with Down Syndrome and a lot of time musing about how bad she felt for her reaction. The book didn't tell me anything about the syndrome or even very much about how one would handle having a child with Down Syndrome. I think the book proved that blog writers don't always translate to authors. There were some lovely photos, mostly of the author, and her children or friends, but nothing outstanding. Although I have not seen the author's blog, probably everything written in the book has appeared there. I might have been somewhat annoyed if I had paid for this book which was really a huge thank you to everyone who helped during Nella's first year. Again, what is the point.
Laura G. (Buffalo, NY)
Bloom Gives a Very Special Perspective
Bloom, by Kelle Hampton, is an amazing look into a woman’s journey from the life she expected, to the life she was given. It’s an intimate, sometimes heartbreaking, memoir of letting go of the life she thought she would have and embracing her “New Life”. Sometimes sad, sometimes funny, this book is a very quick read because it’s so very difficult to break the bond and walk away. The photos make it all so real and bring the reader right into the folds.