Finding the Rainbow

Finding the Rainbow

by Rachel McGrath

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781640072541
Publisher: Rachel McGrath
Publication date: 01/21/2017
Edition description: McGrath House
Pages: 178
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.99(h) x 0.38(d)

About the Author

Rachel McGrath grew up in Redcliffe, just by the seaside in Queensland, Australia. In her earlier years she studied business, and worked in both Melbourne and Brisbane, before moving to the United Kingdom in her early thirties.

She currently lives just north of London, in a Hertfordshire village, where she met and married her husband, and has a professional career in human resources. Rachel has always had a passion for writing both fiction and non-fiction.

Since her early teens, she has created many short stories as well as smaller pieces that have never been published.

Finding the Rainbow is her first published work, a memoir capturing a difficult time in her life. She is passionate about sharing this with a wider audience.

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Finding the Rainbow 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
ReadersFavorite2 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Jane Finch for Readers' Favorite Finding the Rainbow by Rachel McGrath is the story of the writer’s journey as she and her husband attempt to seal their union with a baby. This personal memoir details her early life into her mid-thirties and her reluctance to acknowledge her ticking body clock. When she and her husband finally agree that the time is right to enter the new phase of their relationship by starting a family, the road they find themselves travelling is one neither of them expected. This is not just the story of their personal heartache and pain, but examines the attitude of the medical profession, the responses of friends, the support of family, the undeniable love for one another, and the unrelenting determination of a woman who craves the love of her own child. The author, Rachel McGrath, has written an emotive account of her experiences of infertility, loss, desire, emotional and physical pain, but most of all her inner strength shines through, which helps her to recover from every setback with a positive attitude. This account will touch a chord with anyone who has been through similar experiences and Rachel’s determination and bravery will be an encouragement and inspiration. Hopefully, it may be a wake-up call to some of the medical workers who, by the nature of the work, have perhaps lost some of their empathy for patients who undergo such life-changing and devastating losses. This story may not have the anticipated ending, but it is an alternative ending that shows that life is not always as we plan it but whatever way our journey takes us it can be one of joy and happiness.
ReadersFavorite1 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite Finding the Rainbow is a nonfiction memoir written by Rachel McGrath. The author was a successful professional woman who enjoyed her single life and friends through her twenties and into her thirties. When she met the man who would become her best friend, lover and eventually her husband, she saw their relationship as a continuation of that single life. They were both successful and able to afford a lifestyle that included dinners in Michelin star restaurants and vacation trips to exotic locales while still having enough funds left over to put away for their dream house. A random meeting with another couple, who were dining at an adjacent table in a restaurant one evening, started Rachel considering the future and her long-held dream of becoming a mother. The woman was a bit older than Rachel and so far had been unable to conceive, even after several years of active attempts, monitoring and IVF treatments. The woman confronted Rachel directly and almost seemed to demand that she come to terms with her biological clock and diminishing time to start a family. While Rachel felt for the woman and her desperate plight, she found it hard to comprehend the intensity of the woman’s interest in Rachel’s own situation. But her words and predicament struck a chord deep in Rachel’s psyche. Rachel McGrath’s nonfiction memoir, Finding the Rainbow, charts her and her husband’s efforts to have a child. She shares with the reader her initial ambivalence and realization that the lifestyle she and her husband enjoyed as a childless couple would be changed forever once they started a family. At the same time, she had to consider the dream she had as a child of having her own growing brood by her early twenties and began to wonder if her continued delay would jeopardize her chances of making the dream a reality. I was struck by her honesty and candor as she considered that childhood plan for her future through the eyes of her adult self. Her description of that awful Valentine’s Day dinner when she broached the subject to her husband, and was dismayed by his disinterest in having children, reveals clearly her feeling that childbearing was an imperative. McGrath skillfully weaves the story of their reaching out for the Rainbow Child into a most compelling true-life story. Finding the Rainbow is highly recommended.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Roy T. James for Readers' Favorite Finding the Rainbow by Rachel McGrath is a chronicle of the timing of cycles and waiting for good news, with the hope and excitement of finding out positive results. However, this is followed by the pain and grief of miscarriage, which often leads to starting the same actions all over again. It begins with Rachel’s desire to have a baby and repeated instances of natural abortion. They consult doctors again and, after many instances of heartbreak, the doctors point out to her that she has a serious medical condition that can rule out pregnancy. Finding the Rainbow by Rachel McGrath is an absorbing story. Rachel’s desire to conceive and the pain she felt can be seen quite clearly in these pages. The emotional stress she was under and the helpful while understanding approach of her husband in enabling her to withstand it is another visible facet that comes out beautifully. In addition, this book shows that she also appreciates sardonic humor. As this is the way the book ends, ‘I also know my own emotions and limits. We are ready to try again, and I know that I will always remain hopeful for what the future may bring,’ I can’t wait for the sequel. This is an excellent read with a moving narrative.
LMcG More than 1 year ago
You would think a book about miscarriage, pregnancy and all that trying for family stuff would be clinical, boring and depressing. Rachel McGrath's memoir is actually quite enchanting to follow. She has humour, realism, and the way she tells the story is so emotive that you actually feel everything she is feeling - I was actually talking back at the book throughout as if I was having conversations directly with her. I wanted her to succeed, I wanted everything to be alright, but yet even when it wasn't I felt that she would be ok regardless. It was inspirational to read, and I highly recommend this book for anyone out there who is facing a problem in their life. Rachel's perspective is one of hope - something we should all believe in.
KayCee2 More than 1 year ago
An excellent account of a very emotional time - written with such clarity and always giving hope to what will come next. It was a book I couldn't put down once I started and I was able to read it in one sitting. Lots of tissues required but also gave occasions to smile and laugh when Rachel described her actions and reactions. Definitely a book everyone can read; mothers, struggling mothers-to-be and those who have not yet travelled that road. I look forward to reading more of her work.
SRollins80 More than 1 year ago
This story was very emotional. What I liked however was the short easy chapters which kept you hooked as you wanted this author to 'find her rainbow'. The chapter titles were fun and engaging and the story was deep and intimate but it also had humour through it which didn't make it depressing and too heavy to read. I have not had a similar experience, in fact I'm not married even, but it is a world I literally had no idea even existed. Many of my friends I know have had troubles and in reading this story I can better understand what they may have gone through. I recommend this to anyone who enjoys a good memoir, and something that isn't too deep and too long. I read it as soon as I bought it and it took me less than a day to read.
AuroraB More than 1 year ago
I received this book via amazon, early - after ordering it pre release. It was a story I was highly interested in as I have followed the author for a while on her page. I had expectations, but can I tell you it was more than that. I'm someone who has also experienced miscarriage and some infertility challenges. The story is warm, emotional, honest, raw and it keeps you going through the author's own pregnancy stories, each making you feel the ups and the downs. Her strength and her honesty is touching, and yet she stays positive and seems to show a real sense of humour and reality to her situation. I highly recommend to others whether you have had the same experiences or whether you want a story of a woman's strength to enjoy. Its not a long book, it took me a few hours, but I couldn't put it down.