BOOK REVIEW: Consumed by a Season /
by Kelleen Goerlitz
ABOUT THE BOOK (from Amazon):
With love in their eyes and hope in their hearts, a couple begins the joyous journey of parenthood and finds themselves drawn into the tumultuous waves of postpartum.
People live within the ebb and flow of life – among the changing seasons of circumstances and identity. But what happens when the flow stops and the seasons cease to turn? Consumed by a Season is the fictional story of a couple who finds themselves taken over by a postpartum disorder during what is often glamorized as one of the happiest times in a person’s life. The emotional struggle they experience while trying to hold onto each other, let alone themselves, provides a glimpse into the raw truth of parenthood the way numerous people experience it.
As mental health slowly fades, one begins to wonder what happens when happiness is overcome by the unexpected and unknown? What happens when a person is consumed by a season?
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In Consumed by a Season we follow the main character (who isn’t given a name on purpose) through her early adult years, starting her career and dating. She meets a man, falls in love, and they begin a life together. They decide they want to have a child, eventually get pregnant, and start the next phase of their life, building a family. It’s what most people experience in life. And everything seems perfect. Except for one thing.
15% of women experience postpartum depression after childbirth. I wasn’t one of those women, but I could relate with some of the feelings the main character was experiencing after having a baby, just not at the same level. I wondered while reading this book if it would hit differently for someone who has.*
The story is relatable and incredibly sad. The book is a quick read (just 224 pages in a 5×7 format). I recommend it if you tend to enjoy women’s and/or psychological fiction.
*TRIGGER WARNING: postpartum depression and suicide