In the winter of 2016, Aude and Baptiste Lombard were elated to discover they were expecting their second child until the devastating news came that she was unlikely to live after birth.
Juliette tells the heart-moving story of a little girl whose brief life transcends the short time she came to stay. Most people would summarise their story as that of parents who lost a baby with Trisomy 13, but, as the author says, that would mean missing out on the many learnings that came with it.
Amidst the sadness were profound moments of joy, light and peace that often felt like gifts from heaven. They learned that life has meaning and a purpose no matter how short.
Written with courage and honesty, Aude uncovers a rich tapestry of human emotions as her family journey through pain and joy in equal measure. Readers are taken into the intimate space of her mothering heart as she relives the eight months Juliette grew inside her, ever hoping yet knowing this child would not be with them for long.
Juliette is written to provide strength and healing to anyone looking for encouragement in life, whether due to loss, sickness or other difficulty. It will also appeal to readers who appreciate stories that reflect the resilience of the human spirit. Through one mother's story you too can find hope in the face of adversity - because while sadness passes, joy remains.