Thursday, 11 September 2014

A Painted Room by Pete Abela

A Painted RoomA Painted Room by Pete Abela
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Tear Jerker.

This is based on a true story. I don't know why I chose this to read as I knew I would cry most of the way through it. Sometimes, maybe its part of feeling real again when you have been through something traumatic but there is nothing at the end to show for it. I am not sure, but that is the only explanation I can come up with for myself personally.

This is a story of a couple who are expecting a baby.

Of course like an expectant Mom she wants things to be ready and waiting for when the baby arrives. In her mind she is ticking off what she has to do. One of the things is the room has to be painted. Gary will get around to doing it. Gary starts the painting, then Melinda's waters break.

When you think pregnancy and giving birth should be one of the naturalist things to do but it all goes wrong its just not easy at all, emotions are so high you can't even explain them.

The baby was born with breathing problems and was taken to the Intensive care Unit where he needs rapid and urgent assistance.

I could relate to her as her baby was whipped away from her. You can't explain at the point how you feel. Loss, worry, anxiety, all of that yes and much more than words can ever say.

Emergency surgery is needed. You could feel the despair coming from the pages.

Anyone who has had a child being cared for in Intensive Care would know that you feel useless, that the nurses are doing everything for your child, the Consultants are there, the hospital staff are attending to what should be your job. I know you are actively encouraged, but deep inside you know the first hours should have been yours, yours alone.

When things went wrong for this couple, they realize, painting rooms, getting prams, cots and all the other things are not as important anymore, their child is.

A hard story for me to read, however, its a beautifully written story. You definitely ride along on all the fears, hopes and dreams in this book. Hold on to your tissues.

I was given this to read by 5 Prince Publishing via Net Galley who I would like to thank.


The best day in a parent’s life turns into the worst. For expectant parents, the origins of a new life are usually accompanied by excitement, anticipation and just a touch of anxiety about the future. There are classes to attend, prams to buy, and of course, the baby's room has to be painted.
This description fits Gary and Melinda quite nicely - except Gary hasn't painted the baby's room yet. He finally gets around to starting the job, but Melinda's water breaks before he finishes the first coat.
From there, the situation rapidly deteriorates. Their baby, Justin, is born via caesarean. Shortly after the birth Justin experiences breathing difficulties and is transferred to intensive care a few hours later.
The story follows Gary over a tumultuous few days as Justin undergoes emergency treatment. Gary and Melinda quickly discover that when a baby's life is on the line, it doesn't really matter whether or not you have a painted room.








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