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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 t ...more
Paperback, 302 pages
Published September 17th 2013 by Flair for Writing - Publishing Services
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Dianna Caley
Nov 25, 2013 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 appreci ...more
Brenda Perlin
Apr 29, 2014 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
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Robin
Jun 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: family-drama
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
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Adri Sinclair
Mar 06, 2015 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
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Nabaneeta Dangwal
Apr 03, 2015 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 out ...more
Olivia-Savannah  Roach
Jun 01, 2015 rated it did not like it
This review can originally be found on Olivia's Catastrophe: http://olivia-savannah.blogspot.nl/20...

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
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Shaheen Darr
May 22, 2015 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 d ...more
denise marcum
Nov 04, 2014 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
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Michele Foulk
Jul 27, 2014 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!!
Ramina
Dec 13, 2013 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 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
M. Matheson
Mar 11, 2015 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
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S.J. Hermann
Mar 05, 2015 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 he ...more
Maggie Thom
Mar 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
This story really shows you the resiliency of the human spirit. This is a woman's struggle with life which includes, being in an unhappy marriage and then having not one but two children who have special needs. As for Hannah the baby it's unbelievable what she went through and to be a mother to see that and be torn between being with one child and not being able to be with the other. Amazing that this mother kept her sanity. I can't imagine how difficult all of this was but she just keeps doing ...more
Robert Nacke
May 21, 2014 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.
Patty Seitz
Feb 13, 2015 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.
Lorraine Carter
Oct 07, 2014 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.
Christine Grabowski
Oct 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: memoir
I'm very glad I read this book. However, it is not for everyone. It is extremely heartbreaking with a lot of medical details. It is the memoir of a woman, primarily focused on the months following the birth of a medically fragile child. On top of it, she had a three year old with special needs and a terrible marriage.

But the book hooked me from the start and I couldn't put it down. I knew the author had somehow survived this ordeal and was able to write about it 20 years later, and I had to kno
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Julie Haigh
May 01, 2015 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
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Patient Lee
Jun 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
I cannot begin to wrap my head around the difficulties this family faced. I commend the author for her extraordinary strength, enduring a difficult marriage and countless difficulties with her special needs children.

The story is so compelling, I read very quickly, racing to the end to see how the author's family made it through their challenges. I rooted for them right through to the end. Any parent of a special needs child should read this book. Some will come to realize that their own situati
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Kimberly
Feb 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
The book "With Angel's Wings" by Stephanie Collins was a difficult book to continue reading due to the emotional ups and downs. I was greatly affected by the ordeals Laura had to endure, starting with her the discovery of her child’s heart murmur. The split between her and her husband added to Laura’s stress and worries by leaving her to deal with her children alone.

This book is a true story about the struggles of having children with special needs that turns into a love story. The author is ve
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Sandra Kerns
Sep 02, 2015 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
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Jonel
Dec 09, 2014 rated it liked it
This was definitely an emotional novel that is rather cathartic at times. That said, I also found it to be a bit of a heavy read. There were times when I simply had to put the story down and give myself a bit of a break. Challenges at home combine with those in the outside world for a sense of oppressing odds, but with a sense of hope at the end of the tunnel. The honest and straightforward writing style of the novel adds to that feeling.

As a whole, this was a very emotionally draining novel. It
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Eeva Lancaster
Jan 25, 2015 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
Jim Heskett
Apr 10, 2015 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 01, 2014 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.
Nia Markos
Feb 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
I found this read heartbreaking, moving and knowing it was a memoir, I found myself rooting for Laura through all her struggles. Her strength in dealing with her special needs children is inspiring. I read this book in a day, hoping she would triumph. The love story was an added bonus.
Fred Fanning
May 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: review
Wow, what an exciting book. I couldn't stop reading or wait to read the end. There are some very good moments when good things happen to the main character, but most of the story is tragic. I really enjoyed the book and think you will too. It is a real page-turner.
Annette Spratte
May 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
How do you review a memoir? It feels wrong to apply the same criteria I would apply to fiction. This isn’t a story someone has written to entertain the reader. This is someone’s life.
“With angel’s wings” is the brutally honest account of life with two handicapped children – one of them often closer to death than alive – and the resulting fight on many different fronts. Family, doctors, authorities, friends – there is no area of life unaffected.
If this was fiction, I would criticize the fact th
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Pam L
May 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lovely

Hardest story to read, but also someone with other family members in the same situation. I totally understand. You never know someone until you walk in their shoes. But after reading this,you understand more.
Very well written. All from heart and soul. It ended with a HEA, and hopefully a balanced and happier life. Best to all.
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I am a busy 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 respect for ...more

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