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Reviewed by Tracy Slowiak for Readers' Favorite
I looked at My Husband Our Father: A Family’s Walk Through the Storm of Grief in Search of a Rainbow by author Michelle Caravelli several times before I actually picked it up to read. Sometimes, on the surface, a book seems like it will hold so much grief, so much sorrow, so much unhappiness, that I’m just not sure I want to go there. But sometimes, such stories are the ones that continue to call to me, because their most important messages aren’t about the sorrow, but about the love and redemption in getting through it. So it was with this book. Following the true story of a family, Gus, Michelle and their children, Brittany, Gina, Louie and Madeline, on their journey through life when Gus is diagnosed with liver cancer and later passes away from it, the book is a testament to human love, grief and resilience, and is a primer on understanding the grieving process from within the context of a loving family.
This book was so heartfelt and open, and was hard to read at times. I felt my own heart breaking for this family that I came to care for deeply. It helped me understand, in such a real way, how loss affects a family, and how that family can come together to heal. This book is a lovely and important read for anyone who may know a family undergoing a tremendous loss, and would probably be helpful as well. I am so glad that I read My Husband Our Father: A Family’s Walk Through the Storm of Grief in Search of a Rainbow by Michelle Caravelli. She and her family will remain in my heart for a long time to come.