Stepping over the threshold seemed symbolic of a certain level of acceptance — a joining of the hopes and dreams formed within these walls to the bitter reality that those dreams were dead. They would not have a child — not ever.
For years, Matt and Maddie have held onto their hope of becoming parents. Now, suddenly faced with the reality that they will not have a child together, Matt is shocked to discover that the consequences of a past mistake may change their lives forever. Having completed the steps of repentance years earlier, Matt has chosen not to tell Maddie about his prior misuse of intimacy. But how can he tell her now — especially when she seems locked inside her own sorrow? In this story of loss, forgiveness, and perseverance, a romantic beginning transitions into a true love story made stronger through the trials the characters face and overcome together.
I loved reading this story, because it was intense, unusual, yet believable. It's been years since I read it and I've never forgotten it. Josi's writing style is very good and the story kept me engaged. This is the gospel in action...and sins committed and the price for those, yet with forgiveness and change. The path of life for Matt is definitely unique, but it reminds me of how the Master Planner makes out of our life more than we can imagine.
This is really not a well-written book at all. The situation is very hard to believe, and the characters' responses to the situation are just as implausible. Not to mention the fact that the pregnancy hormone test, ACG, is mentioned several times. Actually, it's an HCG test. I can't believe that Deseret Book would publish this with such a glaringly inaccuracy.
Josi Kilpack wrote another amazing story in which she is able to convey the situation of a woman facing difficulties and all the emotions and thoughts that she endures. Great story!
Josi Kilpack did a great job showing the emotions and turmoil of a woman dealing with infertility - and the facade she tries to put up to combat everyone's questions of "When are you going to have kids?" Excellent book. It helped me to have more compassion and understand a bit more of what some of my friends are dealing with.
I absolutely loved this book! It was really enjoyable and I couldn't put it down!
As an LDS woman who struggles with infertility, I was excited to read this book. It's not a topic generally seen in LDS fiction and I was anxious to see how Josi Kilpack's characters delt with it. I related to Maddie's frustration at baby showers and with her friends and family. However, I had a few problems with the book After the introduction of Sonja's storyline, it was very difficult to continue to relate to Maddie and her trials. The ending was instantly predictable, unrealistic and unsatisfying. I really liked the story but I felt like it lost its momentum at the end and closed with an unlikely happy ending.
In Unsung Lullaby, Kilpack brings the characters of Matt and Maddie, who struggle with infertility, straight into our hearts. This well-crafted novel is a rollercoaster of emotion as we catch a glimpse into the life of a woman who has 'done everything right' but now has to come to grips with the reality of things not working out how she planned. The author brings out many insights that are easily relatable to other aspects of life. It also helped me to understand the real struggles faced by women who are infertile. The story carries an uplifting message of redemption, forgiveness, and unconditional love.
This book was great. Josi Kilpack doesn't hide real life from you. She throws it right at you. I love her books!
This novel is a heartwarming story that brings to life a common issue with mormon women. We're taught to be mothers, but what happens when we can't be mothers? I am grateful to see this issue addressed in a way that is realistic, poignant, and honest. So many of my own feelings during the time I struggled to have children are dealt with realistically in this novel in a way that gives hope to anyone in such a situation. This book is sincerely the best I've ever read on such a topic. Josi is a masterful writer.