Goodnight, Brian by: Steven Manchester

16101260Title: Goodnight, Brian
Author: Steven Manchester
Publisher: The Story Plant
Pages: 307
Format: Paperback
Source: Providence Book Promotions

Fate was working against little Brian Mauretti. The food that was meant to nourish him was poisoning him instead, and the doctors said the damage was devastating and absolute. Fate had written off Brian. But fate didn’t count on a woman as determined as Brian’s grandmother, Angela DiMartino – who everyone knew as Mama. Loving her grandson with everything she had, Mama endeavored to battle fate. Fate had no idea what it was in for.

An emotional tale about the strength of family bonds, unconditional love, and the perseverance to do our best with the challenging gifts we receive, GOODNIGHT, BRIAN is an uplifting tribute to what happens when giving up is not an option.

My Thoughts:

What a great book when little Brian Mauretti is born his grandmother known as Mama picks up the slack and bargains deals with God to help her grandson.  Through the book we learn of faith with various family members.  Brian’s cousin’s show all sorts of love and acceptance as does Brian’s younger sister.  Brian’s older brother Russ protects and cares for his brother is amazing.  He defends Brian against bullies and people that don’t understand him, while learning that you can’t always fight your brothers battles.

We also learn what caused his disabilities a bad formula, which in this book helped pass a bill to protect other babies.  The up and downs the families endure is so emotional it will make anyone cry.  This book reminds me of ones written by Lisa Genova and Melissa Foster.  The impact of this story was just so powerful!  We could all learn from Mama in this book!


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