Woman’s tale of becoming a mother is honest, heartbreaking

Published: January 5 2014 | 7:00 am - Updated: 29 March 2014 | 1:39 am in

“Mom at Last” is the story of Sharon Simons and her husband Rick, who she met just before turning 40, and their quest to become parents together. Rick had children from a previous marriage, but Sharon longed to be a mother. The book takes you through the adventure that finally led to holding two beautiful babies in their arms. It wasn’t easy, but their perseverance wins out over pitfalls, paperwork, and a medical crisis that would normally stop any other couple in their efforts.

After reading a synopsis of this book, I knew I wanted to read it. That urge to hold a child, inhale their sweet scent, kiss those puffy cheeks and watch them grow up before your eyes, is one with which many a mom can identify.

Simons takes the reader through her unbelievable ordeal to become a mother. At 39, and unmarried, she knows her clock is ticking and if she wants to be a mother, she needs to do it now. Fate steps in and it looks like it may actually happen. But, it isn’t that easy.

Simons begins the book with her and her husband in Russia waiting to meet their sons for the first time. That first chapter hooked me. It isn’t a secret that Sharon and Rick do finally adopt to beautiful boys, but what you aren’t expecting are the steps that finally got them to the Russian “baby house” in the first place.

I was emotional throughout the book, as Simons takes you through one ordeal after another. “Mom at Last” is incredibly honest, witty, heartbreaking and joyful. Simons’ desire to become a mother was nothing I could imagine and everything I could understand. Readers feel like they on this journey with her and are praying that it all turns out ok, even though you know, somehow, it must.

New Jersey native Sharon Simons is a tenacious woman who never allowed herself to be discouraged in her determination to become a mother. With a background in marketing and her own experience, she founded Mom At Last, Momatlast.com, as a source for women dealing with infertility issues and considering adoption.

She recently launched The Adoption App on iTunes and Android (theadoptionapp.com), hosts a weekly Internet show on Mom TV and is a sought-after speaker and expert. She has appeared on numerous television and radio shows, including The Dr. Oz Show, to share her story. She also has many published articles about her journey to becoming a mom to sons Hunter and Dylan.

Read more reviews by Stacie Gorkow at Sincerelystacie.com.

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