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With Angel's Wings

4.48  ·  Rating Details ·  104 Ratings  ·  52 Reviews
Laura’s world spins as pediatricians throw words at her like heart failure, seizures, and g-tube feeds...when all she wants is to hold her baby tightly and be the mom she’d always dreamed of being. Join Laura on her emotional journey as she strives to rise to the unexpected challenge of motherhood to two special needs daughters. Witness her dance along the edge of sanity ...more
Paperback, 302 pages
Published September 17th 2013 by Flair for Writing - Publishing Services
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Dianna Caley
Mar 15, 2016 Dianna Caley rated it it was amazing
I know the author, so I put off reading this book. I was afraid it would be boring and formulaic. It is neither. I couldn't put it down. The story is about a mother of two special needs children, one who is severely disabled, but it is much more than that. It is a coming of age novel where I was totally wrapped up in the decisions of the main character and fascinated by her development. It is also one of the best love stories I have read in a long time. It left me with a renewed hope and ...more
Brenda Perlin
Apr 29, 2014 Brenda Perlin rated it it was amazing

What struck me most when I first started reading “With Angel's Wings” by Stephanie Collins was how honest she was since this was from her real life experience. I felt as if I knew her in an instant. Her writing has a way of comforting her reader and pulling them right in. We could have been long lost friends even though our lives are so different. I just connected to her and her story right away.

This book moved me and touched me deep down inside. I felt for this person and for the family who had
Nabaneeta Dangwal
May 03, 2015 Nabaneeta Dangwal rated it it was amazing
At an age when girls her age are out partying and having fun, Laura finds herself embroiled in a souring marriage with her high school boyfriend. Every time she wants to quit, she decides to give it another six months. Time moves forward quickly for her as she finds herself pregnant for the second time and the day her younger daughter is born, her life takes an altogether different turn. Little Hannah is diagnosed with a rare genetic heart disease that keeps her more inside the hospital than ...more
Adri Sinclair
Mar 09, 2015 Adri Sinclair rated it it was amazing
Shelves: allience-books
Dear Stephanie,
Let me write you a candid letter, as a review to your book.

First of all, it is not usually something I would read, nor comment on. But your book made me smile. I bought it at 3am this morning and by 8am [between all the chores etc hehe] I was done reading it.

I loved how you brought the very clear, very honest thought process of a tormented mind across. And frankly, 'normal' parenting is a torment - dealing with other contributing factors does make it harder.

The part that struck
Olivia-Savannah Roach
Jun 01, 2015 Olivia-Savannah Roach rated it did not like it
This review can originally be found on Olivia's Catastrophe:

DNF review

I think the reason I DNFed this at 38% one was partly because it wasn’t for me, but then also partly because of the book itself. I am also feeling very guilty about critiquing this because it is a true story and I do understand that this has happened to them. I am no way judging the story when I mention the negative points – but more so the story and the way it was written. And I did s
Shaheen Darr
Jan 08, 2016 Shaheen Darr rated it it was amazing
Laura’s second child Hannah suffers from a rare genetic disorder called Wolf-Hirshhorn Syndrome. In Angel's Wings Stephanie Collins describes in minute details the effects of the disease and the treatments Hannah has to undergo. The story is both disturbing and heart wrenching because it is not fictional but based upon the writer’s own life. I found the scenes of the IV drips being inserted in various areas of the baby’s body quite harrowing. The writer does not hide or soften any facet of the ...more
Michele Foulk
Aug 06, 2014 Michele Foulk rated it it was amazing
Great book!! Very honestly explores the unique challenges of raising 2 special needs children, and how everyone grows with it. It's also an incredible lover story, and one that redeems your faith in humanity. A must read!!
Dec 13, 2013 Ramina rated it it was amazing
I want more! When I finished the book I felt like I wanted it to continue. Stephanie please write one more!
Kathleen Pooler
Jul 13, 2015 Kathleen Pooler rated it it was amazing
The beauty of memoir is, when written effectively, we can step into someone else’s story and feel as if we are living the experience with the author. In Stephanie Collins’ case, she leads us straight into the heart of her story about what it feels like to be the mother of two special needs children. With raw honesty and gripping prose, she leaves no doubt in the reader’s mind of the devastating and daunting circumstances she has to face. She also leaves no doubt about her fierce mother love and ...more
Jul 09, 2016 Robin rated it it was amazing
This is a fictionalized memoir of a woman raising two medically-fragile daughters with special needs. It introduces Laura at sixteen years old, and gives an account of her romance and early marriage to Kevin, a marine. It isn’t long before their lack of maturity gives rise to trouble. It isn’t long after that when Laura finds out she is pregnant. And then pregnant again. Her second daughter is three years old when both girls are diagnosed with a rare genetic disorder.

What happens when your child
M. Matheson
Mar 11, 2015 M. Matheson rated it it was amazing
Raw, transparent read of struggles beyond comprehension.

As Stephanie says in her prologue, “This is a work of fiction, but not.” This is a true account of one woman’s flailing attempt to survive a swarm of challenges any one of which might lead a lesser soul to utter despair.

‘Blessed’ with two special needs children, one severely handicapped, Stephanie records in narrative form her day-to-day struggle to just keep her head above water. Add to the challenging children a failed marriage to a part
denise marcum
Apr 13, 2015 denise marcum rated it it was amazing
Relationships / Souls are within us

As I read this I felt a longing for complete love and understanding to come true; I wasn't disappointed.We all have problems in our life's; troubles we have to bare. Having two children with life problems is bad enough but having a man (ex husband) like hers-- well he just couldn't be for real! That mana child himself and heartless! To find Daniel -- What a blessing! With Angel's Wings is a very good read. It will make your heart break and then that same heart
Julie Hacker
Aug 25, 2015 Julie Hacker rated it it was amazing
Stephanie Collins' With Angel's Wings reads as a beautiful memoir describing the daily, monthly, yearly struggles of raising special needs children. For me, it has brought newly focussed understanding and meaning to the difficulties of her circumstance and many other's circumstances of living the day-to-day needs and lifestyle of those in her shoes. Stephanie's writing exudes love and meaning, and even though I've never experienced having to live through anything like this per se, she brings ...more
Patty Seitz
Feb 17, 2015 Patty Seitz rated it it was amazing
A stunning and true account of a mother’s love for her children, both dealing with special needs, one an infant with a rare condition. The mother’s journey through her loving care of her girls along with handling the other difficulties that come her way, even as she finds a true love of her own, is a wonderful story that shouldn’t be missed. It is well written, showing how the human spirit can and does triumph no matter the obstacles.
Robert Nacke
Jun 09, 2014 Robert Nacke rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: to all
Shelves: my-books
This is truly a moving piece that touch me so much in my heart ,by what Stephanie had go through in her life that is touching by it .I felt all she went though here that touch dearly ,where I want help all I can ,and after reading this beautiful book I get a better understanding of how life is when you have ones in your life that needs more TLC with them .I highly recommend this to all to read.I have great respect for Stephanie for sharing this with all.
Lorraine Carter
Oct 07, 2014 Lorraine Carter rated it it was amazing
A recommended review on one of the big review sites this proved a real gem of a book. Not only exceptionally well written but also thought provoking. I have always considered myself fortunate and often forget the trials and tribulations others face. This wonderful read was a timely reminder that I should never take anything for granted. Thank you Stephanie Collins.
Julie Haigh
May 30, 2015 Julie Haigh rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Lovers of memoirs/medical memoirs
Recommended to Julie by: Learnt about the book in an online author interview
An excellent memoir.

This is an excellent memoir. I found it very moving, memorable and varied. It has many medical struggles but there's also an unexpected love story running alongside. What an amazing lady Stephanie sounds! This book is her true story, the only details which have been changed are all the names to protect all involved e.g. nurses, doctors etc. who perhaps would not wish to be named. I understand her changing everyone else's names but did wonder about calling herself 'Laura' in t
Sandra Kerns
Sep 02, 2015 Sandra Kerns rated it it was amazing
I was blown away. Yep. I was totally expecting, well, I don't know what I expected exactly, but I got SO much more! Stephanie Collins wrote this 'novel' / true story with so much heart. I learned gobs of stuff while I was totally enthralled by the story. Is it heart twisting and emotional? Yes. It's also uplifting, interesting, and enjoyable.

All of the turmoil Laura goes through with her entire family (extended and immediate), had me wanting to bop a few people on the head and say, "Wake up!" La
Eeva Lancaster
May 04, 2015 Eeva Lancaster rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-reviewed
With Angel's Wings is a true story of trials and the power of the human spirit to rise above it. I'd recommend it to parents who are going through the same situation - caring for children with Special Needs. It contains a detailed account of the diagnosis and related medical condition. As if problems with her children's health was not enough, Laura had to deal with problems in her marriage at the same time. It's a challenging book to read. The synopsis is right, it is raw. But for those who are ...more
S.J. Hermann
Aug 08, 2015 S.J. Hermann rated it it was amazing
With Angel's Wings is one of the most emotional, heartwarming books I have read in a while. From the eyes of Laura, we read her struggles as she deals with not only two special needs children, but also the children's father who shows no interest in assisting with their care (He came off as a complete jerk and I found myself waiting for Laura to dump him). I found Laura to be strong, though holding on to her own sanity, throughout the book. From an unexpected place, Laura finds one person that ...more
Jim Heskett
Apr 10, 2015 Jim Heskett rated it it was amazing
This memoir isn't normally my cup of tea, but I took a chance on it and was not disappointed. As a father, I related to all of the struggles of raising kids, and the fact that life doesn't come with an instruction manual. I love how this book explores so many different themes of love and pain without hitting you over the head with the message. Recommended for anyone with kids, (special-needs or not), and someone looking for a story to give them a little bit of escape and uplift.
J'anne Grenier
Aug 31, 2014 J'anne Grenier rated it really liked it
With Angels Wings is an endearing and heartfelt account about true courage and unconditional love. The author intimately describes her struggles not only as a single parent, but with two disabled children. Her experiences are eye opening and a must read for every parent. Thank you for sharing your journey.
Jun 04, 2015 Shree rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Note : This review is up in my blog - Book And Ink

Laura, our protagonist is a 25 year old new mum whose life turns upside down when her 13 day old second daughter is diagnosed with heart murmurs. Subsequently she is diagnosed with severe disability. Adding to her misery, her first daughter is also diagnosed with learning disabilities. The lack of a proper emotional and financial support system for her Marine husband, Kevin makes life all the more difficult for her until Daniel comes along. The
Jun 04, 2015 Cdepew rated it it was amazing
This narrative chronicles the struggles of raising a child with special needs. Laura was married young to a man who was not mature enough to handle the responsibilities of marriage and parenthood. After a few years together Laura gets, much to her husbands chagrin, pregnant with their first child, Emily. Wanting to do the right thing Laura struggles to make her marriage work. Her husband Kevin is a marine and is away for long stretches of time. While home on leave he suggests having a second ...more
G.S. Bailey
May 25, 2015 G.S. Bailey rated it it was amazing
Grueling, heart wrenching, inspirational: As tough, draining and, at times, horrific the experiences depicted in in this story are, they also take us to the title and how angelically blessed our lives can be. My deepest feeling after reading this wonderfully told story is a warm and fuzzy kind of envy. I’m so happy for Laura to have been gifted these children. As gutsy as she has been to nurture and care for them, she deserves every ounce of the love you get from family – the harder the ...more
Ava Coffier
May 01, 2015 Ava Coffier rated it it was amazing
This book was incredible, heartbreaking, touching, and beautiful. I was sucked right into the plot and the characters. This novel left me in awe with how real it felt. It literally brings you on an emotional rollercoaster. I loved the character’s and the real-ness to the family interactions. Did an incredible job of embodying the feeling and the thought process and the devastation and fear involved with finding out about Hannah and her condition. This book has a beautiful message and a really ...more
Aditi Chopra
May 11, 2015 Aditi Chopra rated it it was amazing
This is an emotionally riveting story. I couldn’t stop reading once I started. There are so many emotions at play that it is impossible to put it down once you start reading Laura’s story of courage, pain & deep sorrow. And yet, there is hope and promise of true love. Wow!

I am pretty sure that readers will connect with Laura somewhere or another. Human emotions are complex to understand and interpret but when someone truly understands what you are going through, it lessens your pain!

I am gl
Jun 14, 2015 Petra rated it it was amazing
This memoir is an in-depth journey into the pain, stress and emotional devastation wrought by relationship breakdowns, divorce, and most starkly of all, parenting severely handicapped children. The struggles faced by Laura after the birth of second daughter Hannah are almost impossible to imagine for anyone who has not faced similar hardship and heartbreak. The endless doctor's appointments, hospital stays and nursing duties, the pain, frustration, and loneliness... An insightful, personal and ...more
North AZ Book Club
May 16, 2015 North AZ Book Club rated it really liked it
With Angel’s Wings is a sad and sweet memoir of a woman who just can’t seem to get a break. It contains the beautifully written account of her struggles with some poor life choices, some awful luck, and the challenges of raising special needs children.

The good – the writing is excellent, the story deeply moving, and I sincerely hope fictionalized. It is a wonderful memoir, sweet, sad, and poignant.

The bad – this book made me sad for days. The struggles are so well presented, the story so deep an
Deborah j DeWitt
Recommended highly

Giireat book,had trouble putting it down pretty much sums having a sick child up its like having a full time job ,but the rewards are so much better
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I am a hard-working mother of 4, a loving wife, and an unsuspecting author of a true medical drama/unconventional love story called With Angel's Wings. With Angel's Wings is my story. I wrote therapeutically as I was introduced to/initiated into life as a special needs mother. Years later friends, therapists, and nurses convinced me to share my tale. All names were changed in the book, out of ...more
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