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Reviewed by Jamie Michele for Readers' Favorite
Overcoming the Emotional Stigmas of Infertility: Barren But Not Ashamed by Frances Jones is a self-help memoir. The author sets out with a message for the world to those who are unable to conceive: you are not alone. Jones begins with her journey and the loneliness she encountered, particularly those around her who filled their hearts and homes with the very thing she could not have. The book is then sectioned into twenty distinct and interconnected chapters, covering a wide range of topics from the expectations of families and the bride herself, discovery, diagnosis, treatments, and loss, to emotional pain, adoption, acceptance, and the purest forms of love. “I operated as though I was broken, unworthy, and blemished.”
Frances Jones does a wonderful job of creating an engaging and compassionate guide in Overcoming the Emotional Stigmas of Infertility. I connected on a level that is only possible when another shares their experiences with profound honesty, which is exactly what Jones accomplished. Fear and pain are acknowledged. So are grief and the hope that springs to life only to be taken away a few days later. The writing style is more like a friend encouraging you over coffee than any guide I have previously read, and Jones opens up with relatable moments, like “bringing flowers to the grave of an empty womb.” This is an insightful, well-written book that is a comfort for those who need it most. Very highly recommended.