The Gift of Great Sorrow


Non-Fiction - Memoir
Kindle Edition
Reviewed on 03/02/2022
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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite

The Gift Of Great Sorrow is a work of non-fiction in the memoir and emotional writing subgenres. It is aimed at the general reading audience and was penned by author Louise Braün Frank. Aptly subtitled “A Journey Thru Pain To Purpose”, the work seeks to offer guidance and solidarity to those who find their lives beset by sudden tragedy. The author’s heartbreaking personal experiences convey how she suffered the loss of her two children from a progressive terminal disease. Through her own experiences, Louise relates how she took this unimaginable tragedy and transformed it into a meaningful and purposeful new direction for her life in order to heal. What results is a work that inspires and warms the heart, even in the darkest of times.

Author Louise Braün Frank offers a sensitive work that tackles both sudden loss and child death in a dignified and very empathetic fashion. One of the features that I found especially accomplished and uplifting in this work was its narrative voice, which delivers honesty and vulnerability whilst acknowledging and validating a wide variety of emotions. But Louise also writes with an unwavering sense of hope, and even during the most upsetting moments of the journey, readers have a secure kind of feeling that life will go on, and strength and healing will come, no matter what life throws at us. The Gift Of Great Sorrow is an admirable and moving work of memoir writing that is filled with purposeful emotion, and a book that I genuinely believe will help any reader whose life has been touched by sudden tragedy. A highly recommended read.