To have twins come into your life when you already have one small child can be overwhelming and challenging but for Ondine Sherman and her husband Dror life has decided to throw that extra challenge their way. By six months of age her identical twin boys, Dov and Lev, are failing to meet important milestones. This leads to endless doctors and specialist’s appointments, frustrations and family heartache, all in a foreign country with family miles away.
Ondine Sherman is no stranger to a challenge having set up the Australian animal advocacy group Voiceless with her father some years earlier. Miracle of Love is her story of the rollercoaster ride she travelled trying to find someone who could tell her what was wrong with her boys and the future ahead of them. It is the story of a mother who never gave up hope. Who, with the help of her supportive family, seeks answers to the lack of development in her little boys.
The Miracle of Love is a book about family and the extent a mother will go for her children. It oozes love compassion and understanding whilst speaking of the frustration, uncertainty and confusion that parents with special needs children are often up against. Ondine Sherman was one of the lucky ones, she had the strong support and understanding of family and friends and money to pay for doctor’s and therapy. She also had the help of a professional and educated family to help her travel this difficult road. For some this is not available and they too quickly become forgotten. Putting all of this aside Ondine shares her story in the hope of empowering others to never give up.
The Miracle of Love is well written and flows beautifully but at times I will admit I did become a little bored. I questioned whether this book would have been offered publication had Ondine Sherman not been the founder of Voiceless. Without Voiceless I am sure Ondine would have seen herself self publishing as this book misses the mark of that of a best seller. For me it lacked the oomph or pizzaz of a book that really grabs your heartstrings. The Miracle of Love is enjoyable but it is ‘just a book’. I would recommend this book to those who are traveling a journey of uncertainty with their children as within they will find comfort in knowing that another has been there too. For one who is seeking a book that will grab them I recommend you pick it up without expectation, allowing yourself to form an opinion as you turn the pages.
My thoughts - A no fuss give it a go read that will pass the time.