Shelter Us by Laura Nicole Diamond
Release Date - June 2015
Laura Nicole Diamond
She Writes Press
Book Review by Tracy Farnsworth
Following the tragic death of her infant daughter, Sarah Shaw is lost. Though, years later, she has two sons, she cannot move past the loss of her daughter. She walks a thin line between depression and trying to cope with being a wife and mother. One day, she spies a homeless woman pushing a stroller. The urge to help this woman becomes overwhelming, even if it means keeping a secret from her husband. When the young, homeless mother needs help, Sarah realizes how far she will go to help a virtual stranger, no matter what the consequences may be.
Shelter Us is told entirely from Sarah's point of view. This makes it easy for the reader to identify with Sarah and the choices she makes. It's definitely a roller coaster ride of a story. You may agree with Sarah's decisions or you may not, but you'll definitely get why she does the things she does.
On a more personal level, I lost a baby when I was 16 weeks along in my pregnancy. I got Sarah's grief. While my baby was not one I could hold and had spent quality time with, I know the feeling of loss and how long it lingers. For the record, 23 years later, I still think about that baby. It does leave a bit of a hollowness, and I fully got Sarah and really loved her story.