I met Gillian Marchenko a few years ago through her blog, when I was swept up in the story of her and her husband’s journey to adopt their sweet Evangeline, who has Down Syndrome, from Ukraine. (Polly, their third biological child, also has Down Syndrome.) I would pop over and check in on the progress, and I cheered for them as they packed up and made the trip across the Atlantic. Gillian writes honestly about life, faith, depression, and parenting children with Down Syndrome. I had the pleasure of working with her on her memoir, Sun Shine Down, when it was in the manuscript phase. It’s a moving memoir about Polly’s birth and coming to terms with having a child with special needs.
I’m happy to announce that as part of the blog tour, Gillian has offered to give away a copy of Sun Shine Down to one of my readers. In Sun Shine Down Gillian bravely chronicles her first years as a parent to children with special needs, taking us on a journey from darkness to light, from desperation to hope. I read this book in one beautiful afternoon. You will too! Please leave a comment below if you’re interested in winning a copy of Gillian’s lovely memoir.
And I’m grateful to Gillian for posting about Ready for Air today. She writes:
This memoir is skillfully and beautifully written, but almost more important, it is honest. Dense in time frame, Kate draws you in from the first page and keeps you there… Sick and pregnant, wheeled in to surgery, meeting the baby and not believing it is the same one who paddled around inside her. While reading I was keenly aware of a privilege… I was participating in something intimate; a husband, wife, and baby’s journey towards becoming a family.
Thank you Gillian, for your honest and powerful writing and for participating in my blog book tour! Please check out Gillian’s blog! And if you’d like to be entered to win a copy of Sun Shine Down, please leave a comment below by Sunday, November 10th.