Book Reviews on Mom at Last
“Mom at Last author Sharon Simons not only brings home a family, she also brings home a mature, brilliantly paced, visually descriptive tale of love, loss, and international adoption. It is obvious to me that Simons is an accomplished intellectual who knows herself (flaws and all), knows how to succeed, and knows how to articulate the mental, physical, and financial delicacies and difficulties of infertility and adoption. Like all adoptive mothers, Simons learns, suffers, rallies, and gives her dream of motherhood everything she’s got to give. And, readers, she’s a solid writer. In the book, when she finally clears American customs with her new family in-tact, Simons expressed to her husband that their lengthy ordeal came to an oddly simple close saying she would at least “settle for a gold star.” Well, Mom at Last Sharon Simons, I am giving you 5 gold stars! Well done. Anyone interested in or touched by infertility, miscarriage, adoption, international adoption, multiple adoption, or Russian adoption will enjoy Mom at Last.” ~ Jody Cantrell Dyer, author of The Eye of Adoption
“This book is a must-read for anyone who is struggling to become a parent, as well as for anyone who simply loves a good memoir. The author, Sharon Simons, shows incredible strength of character in the face of difficulty and loss. In my experience, most women who experience infertility, in any of its many forms, never expected they would. It’s almost always a shock. Dealing with that shock and then finding the inner fortitude to struggle through treatment is not easy. I have tremendous respect for anyone who undergoes fertility treatments, especially IFV, and Sharon does so three times! And that is not the end of her journey. Not even after she suffers a tragic late-term miscarriage does she give up. Ultimately Sharon and her husband turn to international adoption, and the story of their experience in Russia is eye-opening. In the end, it truly seems that fate had been leading Sharon to her boys all along. The conclusion is heartwarming. I’m giving this book to several friends whom I know will be inspired by Sharon’s story, but really I think that this book will resonate with any woman (and of a lot of men) who has ever felt that longing for a child.” ~ Kathryne Reader
“Mom at Last was such an honest, heart-felt, and emotional book of both determination and strength. As an adoptive mom myself, I could feel the anxiety return as the author recounts the paperwork, the countless days and weeks of waiting and the falling in love with a baby you have yet to meet. It is a great book that reminds you to go after your dreams and let nothing stand in your way!!” ~ Christy Medley
“I read this book while on vacation and was overjoyed to have chosen such an excellent book (I don’t get much time to read on a regular basis, so quality matters!). I literally could not put this book down. It was touching, inspiring, and a truly beautiful story of an amazing journey of strength and love. I was motivated by the tenacity and courage of Sharon and her very supportive husband as they suffered so many heartaches and setbacks in their quest to have children. It was artfully written, and it truly drew you in – it was personal, but also extremely informative. Sharon’s story is incredible, and her telling of it is soulful and moving. It touched my heart, and I recommend it most highly.” ~ Lisa Milan
“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!” ~ Kelli Nash