Bloom by Kelle Hampton

72%

32 Critic Reviews

The author’s descriptions of people and events are clear and easy to follow, but it's her beautiful photographs that bring them to life...the author’s mostly appealing optimism will make this book a comfort to other parents facing difficult circumstances.
-Kirkus

Synopsis

“In her tender and genuinely beautiful memoir, Kelle Hampton encourages us to not simply accept the unexpected circumstances of our lives, but to embrace them like the things we wished for all along.”
—Matthew Logelin, New York Times bestselling author of Two Kisses for Maddy

Bloom is an inspiring and heartfelt memoir that celebrates the beauty found in the unexpected, the strength of a mother’s love, and, ultimately, the amazing power of perspective. The author of the popular blog Enjoying the Small Things—named The Bump’s Best Special Needs Blog and The Blog You’ve Learned the Most From in the 2010 BlogLuxe Awards—Kelle Hampton interweaves lyrical prose and stunning four-color photography as she recounts the unforgettable story of the first year in the life of her daughter Nella, who has Down syndrome. Poignant, eye-opening, and heart-soaring, Hampton’s Bloom is ultimately about embracing life and really living it.

 

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Writer and photographer Kelle Hampton chronicles the simple joys of motherhood and daily life on her popular blog, Enjoying the Small Things. She has been recognized as a Babble Top 50 Mom Blogger, and the blog was named The Bump's Best Special Needs Blog and The Blog You've Learned the Most From in the 2010 BlogLuxe Awards. An advocate for individuals with Down syndrome, she has been honored by both the National Down Syndrome Society (NDSS) and the National Down Syndrome Congress (NDSC), receiving the NDSC National Media Award in 2010. She has been featured in Parents magazine, Yahoo's Shine, Nickelodeon's ParentsConnect, Babble.com, Babycenter.com, and AOL ParentDish, and has been interviewed on CNN as a "Connector of the Day" and on Rosie O'Donnell's Sirius XM radio program, Rosie Radio. Hampton lives in Naples, Florida with her husband Brett; their two daughters, Lainey and Nella, and her stepsons, Austyn and Brandyn.
 
Published April 3, 2012 by William Morrow. 304 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Self Help, Parenting & Relationships. Non-fiction
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All: 32 | Positive: 26 | Negative: 6

Kirkus

Good
on Feb 01 2012

The author’s descriptions of people and events are clear and easy to follow, but it's her beautiful photographs that bring them to life...the author’s mostly appealing optimism will make this book a comfort to other parents facing difficult circumstances.

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Examiner

Below average
Reviewed by Nikki Tiani on Apr 22 2012

...left a lot to be desired in its prose...tired clichés are overused...Had Ms. Hampton written more subjectively about Down syndrome and less about her internal struggle with what the neighbors might think about their child...Bloom would have been a mega page-turner.

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Book Reporter

Excellent
Reviewed by Sarah Egelman on Apr 06 2012

Perhaps too sweet (despite its harsh realities) for some readers, BLOOM is a thoughtful examination of motherhood and facing unexpected difficulties.

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Babble--for a new generation of parents

Excellent
Reviewed by Devon Barta on Apr 30 2012

Touching, emotionally gripping and oftentimes downright funny, Hampton’s prose and charm will have you evaluating your own outlook through the telling of her personal story.

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Auburnpub.com

Excellent
Reviewed by Diane LaRue on Apr 22 2012

The one thing you learn from this beautiful book is the importance of family and friends... It's about dealing with something unexpected in your life, something that most of us will have to face at some point.

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Montana Parent Magazine

Excellent
Reviewed by Adrienne Schroeder on May 04 2012

I almost didn't want to finish the book because I so enjoyed being inspired each day that I read it.

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Luxury Reading

Good
Reviewed by Luxury Reading on Jun 07 2012

When Kelle Hampton hurts, you hurt. You can literally feel her pain through her words. This is a great book to add to any collection. Kelle’s story is one to inspire.

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Geeky Bloggers Book Blog

Good
Reviewed by Felicia S. on Apr 27 2012

It will break your heart,you will cry, and then as the book moves past that you will cry for completely different reasons. There is way more happiness than sadness and Kelle had a brilliant way of getting the story all out there.

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Sarah Reads Too Much

Good
Reviewed by Sarah on May 07 2012

I was amazed at the brutal and naked honesty with which Kelle shares her heartache and sadness.

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Bookfoolery and Babble

Below average
Apr 12 2012

A beautiful but overlong book with a positive message, recommended but not a personal favorite.

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Sharon's Garden of Book Reviews

Good
Reviewed by Sharon Galligar Chance on May 09 2012

"Bloom" is an absolutely beautiful and heart-touching book of one woman's journey to love and accept her baby girl and the condition that makes her extra-special.

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Toothy Books

Good
Reviewed by Vera on Jun 07 2012

You can literally feel her pain through her words.

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Everyday I Write the Book

Good
Reviewed by Gayle on May 17 2012

But the end result is that the book is pretty self-centered, focusing almost entirely on Hampton’s own sadness and how she coped.

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Sabers, Spurs and a Pink Stetson

Good
Reviewed by Ashley on Apr 24 2012

This book is beautiful, it's heart wrenching, it makes you love bigger.

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Life As I Know It

Below average
Reviewed by Lisa on Apr 11 2012

...it’s all about extremes. Nothing is average or middle-of-the-road, and the constant extremity of it all diminishes her credibility. she’s very prone to melodrama, canned-sounding nuggets of wisdom, clichés, and sophomoric expression.

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Reading to Know

Good
Reviewed by Carrie on Apr 09 2012

It's a thought-provoking book in many ways and with those disclaimers, I cautiously recommend it.

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International Alliance of Writers for Downs Syndrome

Good
Reviewed by Krista Ewert on May 13 2012

She has written out her story beautifully, a story which a lot of people find themselves in.

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International Alliance of Writers for Downs Syndrome

Good
Reviewed by Megan Landmeier on Apr 28 2012

...her detailed description of the grieving process reminded me that sometimes, we have to journey to happy...my favorite portions of the book were about parenting and life.

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International Alliance of Writers for Downs Syndrome

Good
Reviewed by Leah Thompson on Apr 25 2012

It is a beautiful book with a wonderful message and it does an excellent job of conveying how beautiful life can be, even when it takes an unexpected turn.

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A Woman, A Wife, A Mom

Good
Mar 29 2012

I can't say enough how much I loved Kelle Hampton's book.

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Dine & Dish

Good
Reviewed by Kristen on May 20 2012

Kelle’s writing flows deeply from the heart and grips you with such emotion, you can’t help but be drawn in to the special gift their family has been given. Full of stunning photography Bloom is a must read for anyone struggling to count the blessings God has handed them.

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With a Little Moxie

Below average
Jun 11 2012

I think that while she is a very good blogger, she is not a very good writer - living proof that there is a an enormous difference between handling a blog and writing a book.

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Mom on the Go in Holy Toledo

Good
May 26 2012

I think Kelle was incredibly courageous to share such raw emotions with her readers.

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Imprintalish

Good
May 25 2012

...this book will hit close to your heart and hopefully leave you with a sense of hope that good things do come in the littlest packages, even surprise ones.

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Amplifier Hub

Good
Reviewed by Liz DeKlavon on May 24 2012

When Kelle begins to accept Nella’s diagnosis, to the point of speaking at conventions and walking to raise awareness for Down syndrome, you can’t help but want to join the Net and cheer her on.

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Mama Marchand's Nest

Good
Reviewed by Tricia on May 17 2012

Kelle's passion for being a mama is evident and I fell more in love with her, her photography, and her writing after reading Bloom.

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Life is Beautiful

Below average
May 03 2012

By the end of Bloom, it felt like I was reading cuss words on every page.

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Be the Difference

Good
Reviewed by Maria Dismondy on Apr 28 2012

She has an excellent way with words.... Serious and witty all in the same post.

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Erin Seals

Good
Reviewed by Biblio Mania on Apr 24 2012

It's true that Kelle's generally optimistic attitude has attained its share of detractors... But I loved it.

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NewsAlloy

Good
Mar 29 2012

What I felt most when reading this book was not just how Kelle managed to accept that Nella was beautiful and perfect, but how much she acknowledged each step that led her to that moment.

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Mommy Life

Below average
Reviewed by Barbara on Mar 26 2012

At 270 pages, there were times when I felt like I was reading my kids' papers when they were trying to make a word count.

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The Testoster Zone

Good

It’s a book full of optimism, sweetness and happiness.

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