Making Toast; Roger Rosenblatt
Amy Elizabeth Rosenblatt Soloman was a successful pediatrician, the wife of a hand surgeon, and mother to three young children, ages 6, 4 and 1. She was just 38 years old, in the prime of her life, when she collapsed while working out on her treadmill at her home and died. The cause of death was an undiagnosed heart anomaly.
Ginny and Roger Rosenblatt, Amy's parents, should have been traveling and enjoying life, but when tragedy struck, and their daughter's children were left without their mother, Ginny and Roger moved from their Long Island home into the home of their son-in-law,Harris, to care for their three, young, motherless grandchildren. Their life now was filled with diapers, play dates, school activities, preparing meals, bedtime stories and everything in between....even "making toast" just perfect to the likes of all the children.
MY THOUGHTS - This short, but touching memoir (just 171 pages) is not all sadness and gloom as one might expect. Written in simple prose, the story is not depressing or sappy. Yes, it is about loss and grieving, but more importantly, when all is said and done, it is about family, and about doing the right thing. It is about rolling up your sleeves and stepping up to the plate, and helping the people who need you the most. It's about rebuilding lives in the aftermath of tragedy, and redefining what family really means. RECOMMENDED - 4.5/5 stars
(Review copy provided through Shelf Awareness/ECCO Books)