About Me I am a retired librarian and I now support books and authors through my reviews.

I have always loved to read and I was able to share that love through my work as a public librarian for 22 1/2 years. I now promote literacy by reading, and then writing reviews. I love to support authors by sharing my reviews with others!

Monday, September 16, 2019

A Crazy-Much Love by Joy Jordan-Lake


“How MUCH is the crazy-much love?” This simple question is answered as two parents recount the journey of adopting their daughter and the many milestone moments that follow. From the child’s first bath and first time riding a tricycle, all the way to her boarding that big yellow bus, the crazy-much love grows SO MUCH that it spills out the windows and busts down the doors. A warm, lyrical celebration of the deep love parents hold for their children, and a comforting message for kids about how there can be only one special YOU.


Joy Jordan-Lake has used her own adoption experiences to relate the journey of a couple who have chosen foreign adoption. From the waiting period to the time they hold their baby for the first time; from her first steps to her stepping on the school bus for the first time---there are so many special moments shared in A Crazy-Much Love.

The lyrical words of the author and the colorful illustrations by Sonia Sanchez make this a book that children will love and the story is one that parents will hold dear to their hearts. This would be the perfect gift for people who are adopting and it is a wonderful way to explain adoption to a child.

'We loved you before we saw you, or hugged you, or held you. You were the one we hoped for, and prayed for, and piled up stuffed bears for. It was you.'

Lovely words for a child to hear but they acurately describe the anticipation and the parental love that most of us have felt as we waited for our own children to be born!

This is Jordan-Lake's first picture book but I am hoping that there will be more for me to share with my five year-old granddaughter.

I received a complimentary copy of this book but I have voluntarily chosen to share my thoughts.

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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Joy Jordan-Lake is the author of multiple books for adults, including A Tangled Mercy, a Goodreads Hot Reads Selection and Kindle bestseller, and Blue Hole Back Home, winner of the Christy Award in 2009 for Best First Novel. A Crazy-Much Love is her debut picture book. She holds a PhD in English and has taught literature and writing at several universities. She is a mother to two biological children and one child adopted from China, and her experiences inspired this book. She lives outside Nashville with her family, including two fluffy dogs.

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