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Two Kisses for Maddy: A Memoir of Loss & Love

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  • Posted July 4, 2011

    LOVED it, but ...

    I am giving the book four stars, because even though I really enjoyed it, the language was loathsome at times. I honestly feel like the bad language served to limit my ability to connect to the author and story. I realize it is a memoir, and Matt was only being honest with his emotions, but I would not be being honest if I gave the book five stars. There were no warnings on the cover regarding the language, so stumbling upon the first f-bomb caught me by surprise. Despite that, I chose to keep going because I had to see how it ended.

    What concerns me most about the book is that he wrote this intending for it to benefit his daughter some day. I would like to think that as a father, he would set higher standards for his daughter. All my life, I never heard my father utter the "f" word. I lost my dad suddenly a month ago (stroke), and we were sitting around sharing memories, and my brother repeated a conversation he had recently with my dad, where my dad exclaimed, "what the f--- was that?!" I told my brother I never heard my dad say that word, to which he said, "he said it." It suddenly occurred to me that I experienced the side of my dad that he "allowed" out of a certain amount of respect for his daughter, and ladies in general. It made me admire him all the more.

    The other thing was that I was surprised to learn that Matt is a "non-believer", especially after his experience in losing Liz. I saw signs of God everywhere, even though he says he does not believe in signs. When the teller at the bank breaks down crying at the sight of Matt's tears, all of the beautiful places on the Earth that Matt and Liz were (extremely) fortunate enough to experience together before she left, the beautiful replica of Liz in Maddy, the fact that he ended up in the same place on Liz's birthday that she was the year before, without him knowing beforehand--and even, the irony that Maddy held her bottle there for the first time ever, must have been a gift for them both to share together--and that's not all. The very way he is responding to the outpour of others' caring (what I would consider God working through people)--and insisting on returning the blessings by giving them back. That is the way that God tells us to live our lives. In addition, there were so many similarities between the couple and my husband and I. Liz sounds like just the kind of person I was (about 10 years ago, I've changed a lot in a decade, however, I am still 4'll). I even called my husband a "pus**" all the time! The number 7 was always my favorite number (and lucky number). I feel that 7 is one of God's special "completion" numbers (will not diverge on that explanation here). However, my husband's lucky number is 13, so he insisted we get married on June 13th (FRIDAY THE 13TH!!!!). Also, I have always wanted to live in Pasadena, CA. The fact that Maddy was seven months old when he returned to work; they first rode in Liz's car it had 77,777 miles on it ... man, how could he not see that? What are the chances of all these things?? And, I think him assuming that Liz would not want Maddy to be told of the possibility of God's existence could be off base here. Let's face it, Liz did claim the Catholic religion in the hospital, and the way that she absolutely loved Christmas, obviously her spirit recognized something deeper at the very least. Regardless, I appreciate Matt's commitment to share his experience; i

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 10, 2012

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    This is a very sad story. I truly felt his pain, it seemed that the grief that consumed him would never go away. But he was left with a beautiful gift, a daughter, and a reason to continue on with his life the best way he knew how. I have only one complaint, the use of the F word throughout the book. Did he really think it would make a better read. I felt offended. This word does not have a place in this type of story. Out of respect for his wife's memory and his daughter.
    Is using this word the norm for writers now days, this is the second book I have read this week that the F word was used in practically every sentence.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2012

    It's a tear jerker, but a great story of what love and a child can get you through.

    I loved this story. It showed me what the love of a husband and wife is all about and getting through a very difficult time for the sake of your child...especially that it is from a mans perspective.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 28, 2011

    Good reading but depressing at times

    Not often a book brings me to tears. . . Well written. . . Gives a good perspective on the topic of male grief since this has not been covered very well and in such detail. As depressing and sad as it was, I could not stop reading and was hoping for a happy ending.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 24, 2013

    Good but not great

    Beautiful story but parts of the book seemed to be repeated over and over. Loved the story though, every touching.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 6, 2012

    Very good book!!!

    This book was an admirable salute to a single parent raising a child. Very emotional. Keep tissues close by

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 22, 2012

    I True Sad Memoir

    This book is beautifully written and you can really feel thw

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2012

    Really touching.

    If you read the blog, you know most of the story, but this puts some personal touches on it. You can't help but love Matt.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 5, 2011

    Loved it!

    Great, great book, once you get past the cuss words.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 18, 2011

    Two kisses for Maddy

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  • Posted May 7, 2011

    GREAT BOOK

    This was a great book and anyone who has an infant can only imagine what it would be like to care for an infant and to grieve such a loss. Great read, but could have done without all of the f words in it.

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