Matt and Liz Logelin were high school sweethearts. After years of long-distance dating, the pair finally settled together in Los Angeles, and they had it all: a perfect marriage, a gorgeous new home, and a baby girl on the way. Liz’s pregnancy was rocky, but they welcomed Madeline, beautiful and healthy, into the world on March 24, 2008.
Just twenty-seven hours later, Liz suffered a pulmonary embolism and died instantly, without ever holding the daughter whose arrival she had so eagerly awaited. Though confronted with devastating grief and the responsibilities of a new and single father, Matt did not surrender to devastation; he chose to keep moving forward– to make a life for Maddy.
In this memoir, Matt shares bittersweet and often humorous anecdotes of his courtship and marriage to Liz; of relying on his newborn daughter for the support that she unknowingly provided; and of the extraordinary online community of strangers who have become his friends. In honoring Liz’s legacy, heartache has become solace.
I was drawn to this book from reading some blogs of military wives whom are now widowed. Most of their blogs pointed towards Matt’s and when I saw he just published a book about his story, I could not resist.
Matt is a single father, not by choice but by death. His wife Liz died 27 hours after their precious first born daughter Madeline was brought into this world. She had only seen Maddy once, right after the C-section, never even getting the chance to hold her baby.
This book is a love story written to Liz & Maddy. Each page bursts with so much love and emotion for both of his girls. What was, what was supposed to be and what it is. It’s Matt’s continuing struggle to raise their daughter on his own. There is much to laugh about but even more to cry about in this book, my emotions were every where and you can not help but feel for him, for Maddy. As much as it is a sad story about a love lost and taken to soon, it is about love and hope for what is to come for Matt & Maddy. I highly recommend this book to everyone!