Reviewed by Christen Krumm

“Love me. Love me. I’m not what you expected, but oh, please love me.’ That was the most defining moment of my life. That was the beginning of my story.”

I was six months pregnant with my second baby (a son) when I somehow stumbled across this blog with this birth story that was just –amazing. I’m not much of a crier (even when pregnant –surprizingly) and this birth story had tears streaming down my face.

Fast forward a year and a handful of months later, the author of that same blog released a memoir — Bloom: Finding Beauty in the Unexpected–A Memoir. Kelle Hampton has a gift with words. There is no other way to say it. Bloom quickly became one of the best books I have ever had the privilege of reading. The words are beautiful, the cover is beautiful, sheesh the flap jacket is even beautiful. It is a book you almost want to keep out on your coffee table at all times because it is just so beautiful. And just as beautiful as the book itself is Kelle’s story –Nella Cordelia’s story.

Kelle was not expecting her perfect baby to have Down Syndrome. Her world came crashing down when her perfect baby was not so perfect after all — but the beauty of the story is that she was perfect in every way.

Even though I had once read Nella’s birth story (it is the prolouge of Kelle’s memoir) I again found myself crying — no sobbing when I read it again. When Kelle hurts, you hurt. You can literally feel her pain through her words. The whole book is filled with beautiful words and gorgeous photos of Kelle, her girls, and the Hampton family and friends.

This is a great book to add to any collection. Kelle’s story is one to inspire.

Rating: ★★★★★ 

Check out the book trailer for Bloom here

Christen graduated from the University of Arkansas Fort Smith with a BA in English. She’s a coffee drinking stay at home mom by day and a freelance writer/editor by night. She currently resides in Arkansas with her husband and daughter and is excited to welcome a son in August.

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by William Morrow. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.