Staying Alive: A Love Story

Staying Alive: A Love Story by Laura B. Hayden is a touching memoir of the loss of her husband. Laura lost her husband, Larry, suddenly when he was just 49 years old after he suffered a blood clot following a "routine" bypass surgery. This book is written as a series of essays that span her childhood, her marriage, the loss of her husband, dealing with grief, and her life as a widow. She discusses how she and her children all dealt with the loss differently. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this memoir. I laughed at some parts and teared up at others. This was a very quick read - I read it in one evening. I couldn't put it down - I felt like I knew the author by the time I finished it. My heart was touched by her poignant writing about her marriage and husband. I definitely left this book wanting to seize every moment in my life and marriage. I liked reading about her childhood as well, and enjoyed how she incorporated basically her whole life story into the book. I didn't realize this was a Catholic book, so I couldn't completely relate on the spiritual aspects of the book as I'm an Evangelical, but I still could sense that they had a deep faith, even though it's a little different than mine, and I liked reading about it. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who has suffered a loss or is grieving. It will touch your heart. You can pick up a copy of this book via this link: I received a copy of this book from BookCrash in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.


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