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Reviewed by Natalie Soine for Readers' Favorite
One of the most traumatic, heartbreaking experiences is losing a spouse or partner. Author Loretta De Simone shares her personal account and experience of how she managed the grief associated with loss through her heartfelt book, Holding Hands. Faced with a big change in her circumstances and daily life, Loretta has chosen to help others by sharing her insights with us as well as dedicating this book to her beloved Nick. Loretta imparts to readers the importance of family and friends during times of mourning and heart-wrenching situations, to gain the strength to tolerate the overwhelming feelings that surface. It is important to embrace the happy memories and feel the warmth of our loved ones who have passed on and to allow ourselves the time we need to feel the pain and sorrow.
Holding Hands: My Story of Love and Loss is a wonderful read, well written, and filled with Loretta De Simone’s memories and experiences which she shares with the reader. Any person who has lost a loved one can relate to Loretta’s pain and sorrow as well as her daily challenges. The memoir is smooth flowing and comfortable to read within a short time. The people who were there for Loretta remind us that we all need family and friends, especially when faced with challenges. It is difficult to create a new life but Loretta gives the reader inspiration to move forward. I enjoyed the way the story is written with openness and honesty. Overall, a great book and highly recommended to everyone.