The publishers of The Ultimate Mom by Maria Bailey sent me a copy of the book for review.
EQUATION: The Ultimate Mom; uplifting stories, endearing photos, and the best experts’ tips on the toughest job you’ll ever love is just that. They’re rather specific on the cover! Personal essays interspersed with photographs, and an appendix of tips. From the publisher:
Whether you become a mom through adoption, by giving birth, or through marriage, your heart is never completely your own again . . . and that is one of the miracles of being a mom.
Just as no two women are the same, the experience of being a mom is different for each of us. In The Ultimate Mom, you’ll follow the journeys of mothers through a diverse collection of stories about this rewarding and challenging job. While some stories are humorous, some are inspirational, and others are poignant, all are filled with the passion, devotion, and dedication every mother feels toward her child.
Words may paint a picture, but photos tell their own story, too. The Ultimate Mom is filled with eye-catching photo of moms and their children celebrating life’s events, both big and small. You’ll also find expert advice from moms in the trenches about finding ‘me’ time, dealing with sibling rivalry, parenting a spirited child, achieving a healthy life balance, and many more timely and provocative subjects.
Join in the celebration of mothers with The Ultimate Mom.
PLUS: I’ll be honest with you. I wasn’t looking forward to this one. Books about motherhood – especially essays – have a tendency towards being mushy and sentimental. I’m not exactly mushy. I love my kids. I’m a good mother. I’m loving and affectionate with them. But when people wax poetic about motherhood, it makes me cringe. I was extremely pleasantly surprised. The essays are simply wonderful. They capture the good and bad, the wonderful and the grievous. I really enjoyed reading them. I was glad to be exposed to these particular writers as well; most of them were new to me.
MINUS: The photographs are all well done. But I would have loved the photographs to be of the individuals in the essays. They definitely are not. The other minus is the appendix of experts. While it says they are there right in the title, they are more clinical in nature, and a bit jarring when you jump into them after the essays.
EQUALS: A positive review. The essays are so well done, and – especially if you’re a mother- relatable. I would definitely recommend this book to other moms.
The opinions of this review are all mine. The book was given to me gratis.