I haven’t written a book review since my school days, but between last week’s writer’s block and a leveling cold this week, I’ve been fortunate enough to read several novels recently.
Like many others, I quickly devoured Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn, and was swept up in The Unfinished Work of Elizabeth D. by Nichole Bernier. While I recommend both – engaging writing, absorbing plots – I can’t let another moment go by without recommending Bringing in Finn by Sara Connell.
I watched Sara and her mom, Kristine Casey, being interviewed by Barbara Walters on The View last week and was blown away by their poise and humility. Eager to read Sara’s account of their unusual childbirth journey, I picked up the book at full price (not my normal tendency) and dug in to Sara Connell’s sumptuous writing and breathtaking testament to tenacity and familial love.
Sara’s is a story of miracles, determination and faith unlike anything I’ve read before. I’ve read many memoirs over the years but few have touched me as deeply as Bringing in Finn. This is the story of a young couple, devastated by the loss of their twins in utero, who triumph over continuous setbacks and despair in trying to have a child.
After years of infertility and fertility treatments, Sara and her husband, Bill, continue to choose hope in the face of tremendous loss and pain. Their final hope comes in the form of Sara’s mom, Kris, a healthy, sound-minded 60-year-old woman, ten years past menopause, who volunteers to carry their baby.
As someone who typically prefers to give up the moment something becomes too difficult, Sara and Bill’s enduring perseverance to have a child, despite horrible odds, is a tale of beauty. The tender photos of their son, Finnean Connell, will bring a smile to anyone’s heart.
I was especially touched by the scenes in the book between mother and daughter and how their surrogacy journey healed old wounds and brought them closer. I want that level of closeness with my daughters, and while I’ll likely be senile and infirm by the time they’re of baby-making age, I hope to have, in whatever way possible, the willingness and generosity of spirit Kris offers her daughter.
Sara’s bravery in experiencing and documenting her journey inspired me and filled me with hope. Her writing is strong, powerful, descriptive and brave. I enjoyed getting to know this amazing family, three generations strong.
I recommend this book for anyone in need of hope, a surge of spirit or reconciliation with self or with a loved one. If you need a good cry, give this book a go – the prologue will start you off. If you need a shot of inspiration to persevere through your own struggles, Sara’s first-hand account of trauma, tragedy and triumph will both comfort and guide you.
I’m happy to pass on my copy to anyone ready for a truly fine read. I hope you’ll check out Bringing in Finn. Enjoy!