I very, very rarely cover books I haven’t actually read, but this one is a special case. When Christine from New Shelves contacted me about this book, well . . . most of you know C is a preemie. She wasn’t a micropreemie and relatively speaking, she had a fairly easy time of it. But prematurity still sucks, and now, five years later, I’m glad to say I’m finally in a very good place when I look back at it.
I love that this book is written by a preemie grandparent: C’s grandparents were a vital part of our NICU journey. I read sample pages and connected with what I read. But as much as I wanted to accept a copy for review consideration, I just couldn’t bring myself to revisit the experience through this book. Maybe later, but not right now.
I’m always glad to see books that share the preemie experience with others, because it is tough, and people (unintentionally) say hurtful and/or dismissive things. As we all know, books have the opportunity to help us understand what others go through. I went out on a limb and asked Christine if she could instead offer a copy for a giveaway, and received a wonderfully generous reply: THREE of you will each win a paperback copy of Four Before Their Time!
This contest is open internationally and will run until 11:59 p.m. (Central Time) on Monday, September 15. Winners will be notified by email and will have 48 hours to respond with a mailing address in order to claim their prize.