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Shelter Us

3.67  ·  Rating details ·  380 ratings  ·  53 reviews
Since the death of her newborn baby, lawyer-turned-stay-at-home mom Sarah Shaw has been struggling to keep it together for her law professor husband and two young sons. With her husband burying himself in his career and her friendships all having withered, she is lost in a private world of grief. Then one day, walking in LA, Sarah s heart catches at the sight of a young ho ...more
Paperback, 257 pages
Published June 8th 2015 by She Writes Press (first published April 21st 2015)
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Larry H
Jun 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
I'd rate this 4.5 stars.

Full disclosure: I received an advance copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an unbiased review.

The grief of losing a child is said to be one of the most painful and devastating, particularly when the child is an infant. My brother died of SIDS when he was six weeks old about 31 years ago, and I remember how debilitating that loss was for our entire family, particularly my parents, and that grief still resonates for my mother all the
Apr 02, 2016 rated it liked it
3.5 stars
It was okay. I have such a soft heart, I'm drawn to descriptions of women helping women. In this case a young, homeless girl with a baby. Sarah wants to help Josie and her little boy, but her husband makes it clear she should not get involved. Sarah begins sneaking around to see Josie, and she begins to spiral into other secrets and lies. It gets a bit long in the middle, and I was anxious for it to speed up. Sarah's husband is quite a guy, and I'm impressed with him and how he ha
Nicole Waggoner
Jun 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelter Us is a beautifully written, often heart-wrenching, tale of grief and healing. Of special note, the dialogue is masterfully crafted and kept me turning pages.
Lene Fogelberg
Apr 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelter Us is an engaging and memorable story of family, grief and healing. Sarah, mother and wife, befriends a young homeless woman with a baby, who affects her life more than anticipated. The story drew me in and made me read the book in one sitting, reflecting on family, life and how we can help each other. As a mother I could recognize myself in the everyday family life with the stress and hard work that goes into taking care of small children, especially difficult for Sarah since she is str ...more
May 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
I received a free book to read and write a review. This is a hard subject to write about (losing a child) and the Author Laura Nicole Diamond did a beautiful job. I felt like the characters were people I could relate to, people I would be friends with. The author told a hard story without making me feel sad through out the whole book. I really enjoyed this book and the authors writing style. Definitely would recommend to others.
Kelly D.
Good read

This was a good read but not exactly what I was expecting. It was an easy read although it wasn't my favorite book
Lorraine Devon Wilke
What a beautiful, heartrending, ultimately hopeful story this is! I absolutely loved this book by Laura Nicole Diamond; it is gorgeously written, deeply felt, and set with such detail of character, plot, and emotion that a narrative about motherhood, loss, and the meaning of life becomes a true page-turner.

Told from the point of view of Sarah, a former attorney and married mother of two boys who has lost her six-week-old daughter to crib death, we follow her tumultuous trajectory through grief,
Apr 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
You know how sometimes you hear a book has a subtext you have strong personal feelings about, and you are not sure you're going to want to read it? Well, that was my apprehension about Shelter Us. It hits on two biggies for me: homelessness and dealing with the death of a child (this is not really a spoiler, you find out about these themes pretty much right away). But boy, am I glad I did read it! Diamond deals with both of these issues, but in a very organic, natural (non-preachy) way. They are ...more
Jenni Ogden
Jun 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
Way back in the 1970s , a very popular Labour Prime Minster of NZ, Norman Kirk, famously made the comment “New Zealanders don't want much, just someone to love, somewhere to live, somewhere to work and something to hope for." “Shelter Us” brings home this poignant message, which I am sure is still true for most of us everyhere, whatever our country or our culture. Sarah has lost one of the people, the very smallest, she loves, and her grief and how she tries to balance this with her love of the ...more
Anne Marie
May 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Great story ! I felt like I was with the main character as she was going about with her life. I felt her pain and her joys.

This book was a win from the Goodreads First Reads Program.
Maria Shanle
May 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This lovely first novel is poignant, down-to-earth, and will resonate with any parent of small children. I'd like to spend more time with these characters!
Donna Huber
Apr 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book. Not one typically thinks of for a "beach read", but it would make a nice summer read. Full review soon.
Amy Madnick
Jun 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Beautifully written and captivating. The author captures the tortuous journey toward making sense of the worst possible event that can happen to a parent.
Aug 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

As a fellow infant loss survivor this was both the hardest and most rewarding thing to read. It helps me not feel alone in this journey and made me want to try as hard as this woman did
Betsy Myers
Jul 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
I won this book via Goodreads First Reads. This was a great story. I read this book about loss, real life, marriage, children, all while pondering my own life in just two days. This was a great read and I look forward to reading more by this author.
Oct 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a beautifully written story that shows sometimes in order to save ourselves we first have to save others. The characters are well drawn, likable and realistically flawed. I found the novel heart-wrenching yet hopeful.
Sep 09, 2019 rated it liked it
This was a good book but such a downer. But, no sadness compares to that of losing a child. I will read a happy book next
Annie McDonnell
Jun 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Touchingly Brilliant!! I absolutely devoured this book!! You know that means it is amazing!
No review I could write would do this story justice. Few stories touch me in this way. So, I will do the best I can….
Laura Nicole Diamond writes a truly evocative story. Her words are so brilliantly weaved together, making this a gift for me to read. I was enamored by each sentence. Some people are meant to write, and Laura Nicole Diamond is definitely one of those writers.
“Shelter Us” is
Brenda Perlin
Jul 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
"My heart wants to spill out onto the square of sidewalk, flood the street with gratitude for making me feel like I'm not a fool, like what I've done is not nothing, when I know it is."

Shelter Us, a novel by Laura Nicole Diamond is thought provoking as the author dives into the depth of the human spirit and does so with rich prose that touches on your heartstrings. There are moments of such profound grief that I unconsciously found myself holding my breath. I could understand this ki
Cindy Eastman
Aug 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I always like to start with my disclaimer: I am reading my way through the She Writes Press authors. That said, there are some books I might not have chosen given my reading preferences—mysteries and thrillers. This has been a rewarding experience, though, otherwise I might not have picked up Shelter Us. The writing alone makes this book a brilliant read.
From the tragic beginning, we understand that Sarah, former lawyer, now stay-at-home mom struggles daily with her thoughts; thoughts about her
May 02, 2015 rated it liked it
Thanks goes to GOODREADS for this First Reads win, for my honest review.
This novel is about marriage, motherhood, fatherhood, loss and healing. Sarah and Robert are living a very fragile life, due to a shattering loss. They both deal with the loss in different ways, Sarah lives her life in fears, that she will have another life altering loss, she fears she is not a good mother. Sarah stumbles through her day with her two boys. She is trying to keep her sanity during her most difficult time in h
Charlotte Lynn
Apr 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
his is not an easy book to read. It covers the tough subject of loss of a child, a baby. Sarah Shaw and her husband are both grieving for their loss while trying to keep it together for their two young sons. I knew picking it up that it would be a book that would tug at my heart. It definitely did that. Laura Nicole Diamond took a tough subject and handled it with a lot of care and respect. It was brought to my attention that although one may seem fine, especially after a traumatic event, things ...more
Barbara Stark-Nemon
May 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
“Our lives are knit together by the strongest weaving, durable enough to withstand the pulls and tugs of mistakes and regret.” This is only one of many observations in Laura Diamond’s Shelter Us, that resonated, and brought the story of a young mother with complicated responses to the collision of family, professional, social and personal needs to a dramatic head. If you are a person whose life includes similar complications of love and loss, and if you enjoy beautiful writing brought to the servicUs, ...more
Sandra Nachlinger
Aug 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelter Us is the story of a woman whose daughter died at the age of six weeks. Now, several years later, the mother of two preschool sons is still overwhelmed by her daughter's death and barely functioning. When she becomes obsessed with a young homeless woman and her baby, her life changes, and her marriage is in jeopardy.

I was hesitant to read this book, mainly because it involves the death of a child, but I'm glad I stayed with it. It was nicely written and edited, and the story
May 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
I can relate to this book since I have recently lost 5 people in my life I loved. Grief is the hardest things I ever have dealt with in my life. A former lawyer loses her newborn daughter and she still has two other children at home to care for. Her hubby is too busy to help her with anything and maybe he is in denial himself. Her friends do not support her either. But she meets a lady and they become friends and this friend help her to get out being lost in grief. This book is about grief and h ...more
Lisa Mills
Apr 23, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Sarah’s baby dies @ 6 weeks old. She and her family are traumatized. We share Sarah’s struggle to deal with the aftermath even years later. She is drawn to help a homeless mother and her child. However, her husband is not understanding so Sarah lies. She lies and betrays her husband. When her husband finds out, ultimately he is understanding as he feels guilty for the way he has dealt with the death of his child. He is a little too understanding and everything ends pretty neat. However, it was a ...more
May 30, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Beautiful writing. Sad story.

I have to say that I couldn't put this down. It was terribly, horribly sad, and beautifully written. I really felt for, and understood, the main character. The main male character felt much more superficially known. I wasn't in his head enough, but since it was written for to first person perspective, that makes it harder. I understood why some relationships ended and how the characters reached conclusions. The ending wasn't wrapped in a bow but satisfactory. You'll
Lisa Nienhaus
Jan 09, 2017 rated it liked it
I started out absolutely loving this book! it captured me from the first word and Sarah was somebody I could really relate to. For me, it is essential that I connect with the main character to love a book, and I did. But then, the main character went off and did things that I thought was completely out of character, which annoys me greatly in a book. The book did redeem itself some afterwards, but the ending I felt lacked a little resolution for me. Half way into the book I thought I was reading ...more
Aug 29, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2016
***Sorta Spoilers***

It's hard to know what to say about this book. I still feel sad after reading it, even though the family started to see a future and heal. I guess it was just hard to watch an entire family be so broken as individuals and in their relationships with one another. I was incredibly disappointed in one of the decisions Sara made, but who am I to judge how someone processes their grief. I definitely need a light, palette cleansing book to read next.
Jill Hall
Aug 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Overwhelmed by grief and responsibilities Sarah tries to hold onto the threads of her busy life but it all unravels as she tries to find purpose and meaning amid the chaos. Beautifully written I especially liked the affectionate descriptions between Sarah and her young sons. This heartbreaking but resilient story is about hope, family, and connection. It reminds all of us to make sure to communicate our deepest fears and listen to our children.
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Laura Nicole Diamond is the award-winning author of SHELTER US: A Novel, winner of a Gold Medal from the Independent Publisher (IPPY) Book Awards, a 2015 SCIBA Fiction Award Finalist, and ALA Sophie Brody Award nominee. She is the editor of DELIVER ME: True Confessions of Motherhood, a collection of true stories by 20 writers. A civil rights lawyer and former Editor-In-Chief of L.A. Family Magazin ...more
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