Two Small Footprints in Wet Sand {Book Review} #spon

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I was not financially compensated for writing this post. I received a review copy of Two Small Footprints in Wet Sand to facilitate my review. My opinions are 100% honest and 100% mine.

Two Small Footprints In Wet Sand Book

Two Small Footprints in Wet Sand, by Anne-Dauphine Julliand; translated byAdriana Hunter ($23.95)

Summary of Two Small Footprints in Wet Sand

The story begins on a beach, when Anne-Dauphine notices that his little girl walking with a slightly hesitant, his feet pointing outward.

After a series of tests, doctors discovered that Thai is reaching an orphan genetic disease. She just turned two years old and it still has more than a few months to live. While the author makes a promise to his daughter: “You’ll have a great life not a life like other girls, but a life that you can be proud And when you do not fail to love…”

Two Small Footprints in Wet Sand tells the story of that promise and beauty of love. Everything a couple, family, friends are able to mobilize and give.

We must add life to days when days can add to life.

“It’s okay death. It’s sad but it’s okay.”

My review of Two Small Footprints in Wet Sand

Wow. This book is compelling, vulnerable, poignant, heart-wrenching, yet somehow — in spite of the trauma and tragedy suffered by this entire family — full of optimism and courage and hope. I don’t know how to characterize Two Small Footprints in Wet Sand other than to say it is heartbreaking in its subject matter but a book I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to read.

I have to admit, I found myself crying by page 26. And I cried here and there throughout the book (it’s pretty hard not to)…but it didn’t deter me in any way from reading this book. It’s so lovingly written, so heartfelt…you can’t put it down. You also can’t help but feel this family’s pain, follow along as they ride this roller coaster of emotions, and grieve with them, and for them.

About the author of Two Small Footprints in Wet Sand

Two Small Footprints In Wet Sand Anne-Dauphine Julliand

The author, Anne-Dauphine Julliand, was born in Paris. After studying journalism, Anne-Dauphine Julliand works daily press and in specialized press.
 
In 2006, she learned that her second child, Thais, 2, suffers from a rare disease. There is no treatment. There is little time to live. For almost two years, Anne-Dauphine Julliand, supported by her husband, her family and friends will accompany Thais.
 
This overwhelming experience leads to write. First, for her, for her husband and children. In 2010, she sent her manuscript published by the Arena. Laurent Beccaria and Jean-Baptiste Bourrat are immediately captivated by this moving story and incredible strength that emerges.

Two Small Steps on the Wet Sand was released in March 2011.

“Add life to days when we cannot add days to life.”

That’s a quote that might make some feel like they can’t possibly read such a heartbreaking story. But it’s not just a story about sadness. It’s about love…it’s the deep, abiding love that is the integral message in this book. And, that, folks, is the story, plain and simple. That’s why I cried for their children and for their grief. But I am so better for having read this book, because it’s simply full of wonder, amazement, and positivity. All things that so many take for granted, even though we don’t suffer through anything like this family has.

I strongly encourage you to purchase your own copy of Two Small Footprints in Wet Sand on Amazon. You can also follow Two Small Footprints in Wet Sand on Facebook.

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Comments

  1. Robin Wilson says

    Just the cover of this book made me emotional. I too, find this type of book hard to read. I WANT to read them, but knowing in advance that it is going to make my heart ache and the tears flow can make it hard to read that first page. I love that you have read it and that the tears are worth it. I will pick it up or check it out at the library should it become available. Thanks!

    • says

      Oh boy, let me tell ya…the tears will flow. If this makes sense (I hope it does…I haven’t slept!), I actually felt a little guilty while reading this. It made me feel like I should be doing more or have more gratitude for the gifts I have, and go through life with more grace and a joy for living…considering the positive attitude and strength and dignity of this family, when they had to deal with so SO much more than I’ve ever been faced with. It serves as something of a wake-up call as well, but in a good, encouraging way.
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  2. says

    That’s a quote that might make some feel like they can’t possibly read such a heartbreaking story. But it’s not just a story about sadness. It’s about love…it’s the deep, abiding love that is the integral message in this book. And, that, folks, is the story, plain and simple. That’s why I cried for their children and for their grief. But I am so better for having read this book, because it’s simply full of wonder, amazement, and positivity. All things that so many take for granted, even though we don’t suffer through anything like this family has.

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