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Reviewed by Ruffina Oserio for Readers' Favorite
How He Robbed Me of My Three Baby Daughters by Maggie Colombe is a poignantly related memoir that explores the author's story of loss and the pain of living for seventeen years away from her children. Her three daughters were very young when her husband and his young lover took them away from her. They were raised in Copenhagen. She only met them again after seventeen years. In this memoir, she shares her pain, her story of loss, the regrets that followed, and the silent hope that kept her living one day at a time.
Maggie Colombe writes as though she were speaking to her three daughters in a voice that is gentle yet powerful. She shares the experiences of her life and builds up the momentum in the story, leading to the circumstances under which the kids were taken away. Themes of love, family, loss, and resilience are brilliantly developed in the memoir. It is a bittersweet story, filled with compassion and love. As a mother who has occasionally had to live away from her children, I could understand the author's deep sense of loss for seventeen years. What is most painful is that she lost her children when they were just infants and has had to live with the pain for almost two decades. The story is told in a captivating first-person narrative voice and with images that capture the attention of the reader. How He Robbed Me of My Three Baby Daughters is one of those stories that stir strong and conflicting emotions in readers.