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.


  1. Tracy, thank you for sharing your personal story, a gift to the many people who have experienced a loss like yours. It's not something people talk about often, which is odd because I have learned through this novel how common the experience is. I have been entrusted by many parents with their stories of loss. I have not suffered that loss myself, but all mothers and fathers know that fear, and it is a universal bond between us -- just as the joy of being a parent is a bond. It was that union of fear and joy that I hoped to convey in Shelter Us. Thank you for your review.
    May I also share two resources for bereaved parents: and More resources are on my website,

  2. You're welcome. This happened 24 years ago. I was still very young, 22, and the response even from my doctor then was absurd. I've always been vocal because I do not want others to feel ashamed or like they have to keep it a secret. In my case, my OB/GYN actually told me "Be happy that the baby died. If it had been born, it would have been retarded or crippled and you would have been burdened by it." She never suggested a support group or grief counseling. Just sent us on our way after doing a D&C because I was hemorrhaging. When I did become pregnant again a year later, another doctor told me I worried too much about the health of the fetus and that I was going to cause the fetus harm if I didn't stop stressing immediately. Hard not to stress after suffering the first loss. I made it a point to be very open so that others would feel there was nothing wrong with wanting to talk about it to help with the grief.


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