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Reviewed by Christian Sia for Readers' Favorite
From Darkness to Dawn: A True Story of Recovery from Postpartum Depression by Marcia Orcutt is a memoir that explores the author's journey through postpartum depression to healing, allowing readers to feel the sense of desperation and the darkness of despair resulting from the experience. One of the things that make the illness even more unbearable is that most people show a lack of understanding of what it is all about and most women are left untreated. In her memoir, the author lifts the veil to share her wounds with readers and the message of hope that they too can overcome postpartum depression.
Marcia Orcutt captures emotions that are raw and plunges readers into the darkness that haunted her in those years. She writes with sheer honesty and looks at her experience with a lot of clarity. The voice is both detached and compassionate and this detachment gives the narrative its authenticity. The author knows how to weave powerful and important messages into a story and one of her gifts is her ability to sustain the attention of readers. From Darkness to Dawn is a personal experience with an illness that affects the lives of millions of women across the globe and it is filled with light and love, empowering women to beat the illness and reclaim their life. It is rich in its message and engaging in style. I would recommend this book to women who are pregnant and looking forward to delivery and anyone related to new mothers. This book is the answer to some of the stress and depression resulting from childbirth.