Letters to Jacob Book Review & Book Tour Giveaway

The loss of a child is an experience that most parents hope to never face.  Today, I have a nonfiction, self help book from Maria Hopfgarten that shares her very personal story through Letters to Jacob.  Learn about the book and the author, read my review, & be sure to enter for a chance to win a prize in the book tour giveaway at the end of this post.

​Book Title:  Letters to Jacob: Grieving the Loss of a Child by Maria Hopfgarten
Category:  Adult Non-Fiction (18+), 138 pages
Genre: Self-Help / Grief and Bereavement
Publisher: Amazon
Release Date: July 2021
Content Rating:  G - (It's general content, no sex at all)


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About the Book

"If you have lost a child, you know you're weathering the largest storm life can bring you. I hope that my words of loss, tears, punches, smiles, friendships, and renewed happiness can give you a sense of not being along on this journey."

Maria Hopfgarten's son Jacob was born on January 31, 2006. He was the most perfect baby boy she had ever seen. But Jacob had devastating health issues, culminating in a diagnosis of mitochondrial disease, a fatal condition.

In the ten short years of Jacob's life, Maria found strength in blogging about Jacob's life. Her raw, honest posts from the year after Jacob's passing have been gathered into this book along with Maria's tips for parents coping with their own grief after losing a child.


My Review

Letters to Jacob is a Very Personal Story of Life, Love, Grief, Hope and Healing. Reading Maria's emotional letters to Jacob brought a range of emotions. As the author sought to cope with her own grief and loss--she offers insights into the life she experienced. From caring for Jacob through his ten years--to processing grief, moving forward with life, and keeping Jacob's memory alive--the author writes this book not just for herself but also for others experiencing a similar loss. She shares her relatable, personal memories and stories with honest, conversational pages, and she offers insightful, realistic tips for readers facing similar situations.


Expect to Laugh, Cry--and Remember.  I spent quite a bit of time crying as I read this book--but also quite a bit of time smiling and reflecting on pieces of my own life as well—the author shares so many memories--and so many tidbits of wisdom gained through it all. The author's realizations--and advice for readers--are so well placed and valuable. It is an inspirational book, but it also reminds readers that they are not alone.


Would I Recommend Letters to Jacob by Maria Hopfgarten? Letters to Jacob: Grieving the Loss of a Child brings readers into the author's life as she and her family grieved (grieve) the loss of Jacob. The author keeps the story honest, sharing the smiles and memories--but doesn't sugarcoat painful moments--so it is an emotional read. I would definitely recommend it to readers seeking healing after a loss as Maria offers her advice and insights. Letters to Jacob is a book that will stay with you long after the last page.


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About the Author
Maria Hopfgarten began her blog Moments with Jacob in 2009, writing about Jacob’s life with mitochondrial disease. She had followers around the globe. Maria continued to write blog posts to Jacob after he passed in 2016 to make sense of the loss of her son. Jacob was 10 years old. She has now turned part of the blog into the book “Letters to Jacob,” sharing her raw, honest first-hand experience on grieving the loss of a child.

Maria is the President of the non-profit Miracles for Mito and has been supporting families living with mitochondrial disease for over a decade. She has also been an active Parent Partner at Children’s Hospital Colorado and has been a Parent voice for many chronically ill children. Maria also sits on the Patient Safety Committee of the Board at Children’s Hospital Colorado.

Originally from Sweden and with a degree in Journalism from Stockholm University, Maria lives with her husband Joakim, daughter Sarah, and rescue dog Max in Colorado. Her favorite thing to do is to share a good cup of coffee or glass of wine with a friend. Maria loves the outdoor and is always up for a bike ride or hike.

Connect with the Author:  Website ~ Facebook ~ Instagram

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Letters to Jacob: Grieving the Loss of a Child Book Tour Giveaway



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