Published June 8, 2014 by She Writes Press
Since the death of her newborn baby, lawyer-turned-stay-at-home mom Sarah Shaw has been struggling to keep it together for her law professor husband and two young sons. With her husband burying himself in his career and her friendships all having withered, she is lost in a private world of grief. Then one day, walking in LA, Sarah s heart catches at the sight of a young homeless woman pushing a baby in a stroller and saving them becomes her mission. An unlikely bond grows between Sarah and the mother, Josie, whose pride and strained relationship with her own mother prevent her from going home to Oakland. Through her friendship with Josie, Sarah slowly learns that those we love are never far, even in death and that sometimes it is the people we set out to save who save us. Shelter Us speaks to the quiet joys and anxieties of parenthood, and illuminates the place all parents know: that shadowy space between unconditional love and fear of unbearable loss."
This is not an easy book to read. It covers the tough subject of loss of a child, a baby. Sarah Shaw and her husband are both grieving for their loss while trying to keep it together for their two young sons. I knew picking it up that it would be a book that would tug at my heart. It definitely did that. Laura Nicole Diamond took a tough subject and handled it with a lot of care and respect. It was brought to my attention that although one may seem fine, especially after a traumatic event, things may not be as they appear.
Sarah and her husband are both strong characters. They show how they each dealt with their grief, yet they didn’t know how to deal with each other’s grief. It showed how a relationship can be easily broke apart and also how it can be brought back together and healed. The love between these two is evident from the beginning. Although, I hate to see a couple struggle I feel like this struggle actually worked in their favor and brought them closer together.
Shelter Us is not a typical beach read, yet I definitely recommend it as a summer read. Do not wait to get your copy.
About Laura Nicole Diamond
Laura Nicole Diamond is the Editor of Deliver Me: True Confessions of Motherhood, a collection of true stories by 20 writers. She is a civil rights lawyer and former Editor-In-Chief of L.A. Family Magazine. Laura also writes about family, parenting, and social justice for several publications, and on her blog, Confessions of Motherhood (www.Confessionsofmotherhood.com). She sits on the Board of Trustees of PATH (People Assisting the Homeless). Laura is a native of Los Angeles, where she resides with her family.