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Finding the Rainbow is a fascinating and honest insight into a world that most would find difficult to understand, and many would be quietly thankful not to need to. McGrath tells the story of her battle to conceive and carry a baby, with unrestricted honesty, leaving the reader in no doubt as to her thoughts and feelings, and the courageousness with which she deals with a ...more
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Published May 21st 2015 by Pegasus Elliot Mackenzie
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Liz Barnsley
Going into “Finding the Rainbow” I was (and am) a happy parent of 3 gorgeous children, none of whom I had a single iota of an issue with conceiving. Fertility for me was a non issue and like a lot of us, if something is not bang up in our lives we do little more than pay lip service to the fact that others struggle – feeling sympathy of course but perhaps not empathy and definitely with no real understanding of how tough, raw and physically demanding it can be to want something so much, that com ...more
Bill Ward
Aug 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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Rachel McGrath
Jun 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-books
This is clearly my own comments on my own book - and of course I think my story is 5 stars. But I would love you to be the true judge of that!

Finding the Rainbow is my pesonal and intimate journey through the most challenging time in my own life - trying to conceive and carry a baby.

But I hope that the book is more than that to my readers, I wanted to tell my own tale of hope and always looking forward, finding a way through the storm to see a new day and hopefully my 'rainbow baby'. I have been
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Grant Leishman
Jul 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Until I read Finding the Rainbow, I had never given much thought at all to the difficulties of early miscarriages. Whether it is because I'm a man and just didn't get it, I'd always sort of thought that it was just a bit of bad luck - I mean there wasn't a whole lot there at five or six weeks anyway. Of course I could understand a potential parent's loss of a child in later pregnancy, or even a stillborn, but early pregnancy loss just didn't seem to be such a big thing.

Finding the Rainbow and R
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Cyril Patrick Feerick
May 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
In this very personal and dramatic book, Rachel McGrath recounts the emotional upheavals, difficult decisions, and the many tough struggles of a woman who just wants to be a mother. Some take it for granted they can have babies - that it is just a simple process. The author's honesty and openness really brought home the desperate pain people in this situation must be feeling, no matter how they appear to the outside world. But there is plenty of hope and that's what Rachel does best in Finding T ...more
BonnieReads
May 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I really liked this book. It was the writers story of her dream of being a mum and when that didn't come true because of miscarriage. I havent had an experience like this, but I can't imagine going through what she did. But the story isn't all sad, and that's what made the book so lovely. The writer tells her story on how she continues to find ways through her sadness, her love for her husband, and what keeps her strong.
I will be telling people going through the same to read her book
Patsy Norton
The introduction to this text invites the reader to be part of a personal experience in a very sincere and straightforward way. McGrath’s style is relaxed but not overly so. She writes well, engaging the reader from her first “brief word” chapter in this account of how a mature thirty-odd year old woman came to understand the impact of not being able to carry a child to full term. There is more to the author’s story, of course, than just the pain of losing a foetus: the growth of a strong, lovin ...more
Anne Wright
May 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is the true story of the authors battle to conceive and carry a baby. It is a well written honest, in fact brutally honest at times) account. It is not a comfortable book to read but it is compulsive. It is sad and harrowing at times but full of hope and courage. There were times when I held my breath until I was breathless. The turmoil and anguish is described very realistically. At times the writing is emotive and at others matter of fact. The way it encroached on every aspect of life is ...more
Joss Landry
Aug 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A POIGNANT STORY

A wrenching story to tell, yet Rachel McGrath does it superbly well in Finding the Rainbow, a story about her unfruitful trials of giving birth to a healthy baby.
I guess many of us never realize the problem this can become for some women. Oh, we hear and read about their difficulties, know about the fertility clinics and the ongoing heartbreak of those who can’t conceive. Yet, we never fully measure the length of their ordeal, or the dark, difficult days that blend into one and o
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Sarah Stuart
Sep 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Finding the Rainbow draws you into Ms McGrath’s story by omitting the usual Chapter one… two… and using intriguing titles. The chapters are also short, or was that my imagination? It could have been; she was soon “Rachel”, a friend I felt I’d known for years.

I suspect she began writing her story from a deep need to express her feelings: I admire her courage in making it public, and the care she has taken to make it readable. I won’t say “easy to read”; it isn’t. It’s brutally honest and, I hope,
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May Panayi
Aug 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I was lucky to have had two easy pregnancies in my twenties, when nature is still kind, and makes it easy. But when I tried in my mid thirties with my 2nd husband and couldn't conceive, then had a life threatening ectopic, that put paid to all ideas of further parenthood. Now I understand the problems of crazed hormones and whacked out body functions as a menopausal woman [a subject also not often discussed] so I could relate to Rachel McGrath's sad tale of multiple miscarriages and traumatised ...more
AuroraB
May 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I received this book via amazon, early - after ordering it pre release. It was a story I was highly interested in as I have followed the author for a while on her page. I had expectations, but can I tell you it was more than that. I'm someone who has also experienced miscarriage and some infertility challenges. The story is warm, emotional, honest, raw and it keeps you going through the author's own pregnancy stories, each making you feel the ups and the downs. Her strength and her honesty is to ...more
KayCee
May 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
An excellent account of a very emotional time - written with such clarity and always giving hope to what will come next. It was a book I couldn't put down once I started and I was able to read it in one sitting. Lots of tissues required but also gave occasions to smile and laugh when Rachel described her actions and reactions. Definitely a book everyone can read; mothers, struggling mothers-to-be and those who have not yet travelled that road. I look forward to reading more of her work.
S.J. Higgins
Jul 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I have to admit that when I downloaded a copy of this book I was apprehensive about reading it as this story looked to be too close to home for me. I am so glad I decided to give it a go.

It was comforting beyond words to read excerpts that could have been pages of my diary - had I kept one that is. It was also a relief to know that I was not alone in my obsessive-compulsive-test-taking-Google-reading-symptom-checking habits.

Was this an emotional read for me? Yes, but not in the way I expected
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Leah McG
Jun 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
You would think a book about miscarriage, pregnancy and all that trying for family stuff would be clinical, boring and depressing. Rachel McGrath's memoir is actually quite enchanting to follow. She has humour, realism, and the way she tells the story is so emotive that you actually feel everything she is feeling - I was actually talking back at the book throughout as if I was having conversations directly with her. I wanted her to succeed, I wanted everything to be alright, but yet even when it ...more
Sherrie Lowe
Aug 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I have always liked reading non celebrity memoirs and this one came to my notice through the author on twitter on the subject of miscarriage.
I have known several people who have lost babies and I have felt for all of them. It must be the most unbearable pain to suffer.
This book tells of the hope and subsequent heartache of a couple trying for a successful pregnancy and their rainbow baby. It is very well written, open and honest and my heart went out to them with every loss. All through the book
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Ed Dee
Aug 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Even as I found this a difficult (because of the emotions) book to read, I applaud the author for her very polished efforts. Just because you have a story to tell, it doesn't mean you have the talent to do it well. It is even more astonishing knowing of the trauma and pain she herself went through. Fortunately, the sprinkle of humor that relieves the tension of sorrow made the author appear even more courageous and bonded me with the material. This could be an amazing support for any women that ...more
Petrine
May 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This was a lovely story. The subject area made me think it would be really depressing but I enjoyed the way that the writer put her own slant on her experience in a way that left me feeling that she will one day get her dream, and if she doesn't she will survive. I liked it a lot and would recommend to anyone going through a personal challenge and how you need to find a different perspective. I think is book will be a great success.. Thank you for your story.
Mary Lee
Jul 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is a compelling story about a woman struggle to conceive. Though sad at times, it is artfully written and deeply engaging. This is a struggle many women face and could benefit from this book. Highly Recommend.
Jack Magnus
Oct 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite

a successful professional woman who enjoyed her single life and friends through her twenties and into her thirties. When she met the man who would become her best friend, lover and eventually her husband, she saw their relationship as a continuation of that single life. They were both successful and able to afford a lifestyle that included dinners in Michelin star restaurants and vacation trips to exotic locales while still having enough funds left ov
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Reviewsbypaige
Jun 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Although I was a little nervous about reviewing Finding The Rainbow (reviewing the events of a real person can always be daunting) I found myself really enjoying this novel and actually looking forward to reviewing it. Rachel McGrath does a wonderful job at taking her readers on such a personally emotional journey. I really liked the fact that Rachel McGrath answers the questions I think a lot of us were wondering about. Such as: “Would you go back and do things differently had you known about t ...more
Tegan Wren
Aug 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
In Finding the Rainbow, Rachel McGrath invites us to witness her story of struggle, loss, and hope in this beautifully written book. With a tone that's honest, entertaining, and sometimes heartbreaking, this memoir captures the ups and downs of trying to conceive and maintain a pregnancy.

As Rachel's story unfolded, I found myself cheering for her and her husband, and then sharing their sorrow when their hopes were dashed. She touches on a number of important issues in telling her story: medical
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Max Power
Sep 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Hats off to a writer with the courage to share such a deeply personal memoir. Here Rachel gives account of her attempts to conceive and the resultant multiple miscarriages, as well as the heartbreak and trauma along the way. It felt very honest, emotional and touching but didn't wander too deep into the abyss for me as a reader which made it quite endearing. Perhaps it was the structure, short chapters keeping my attention, sometimes it was simply the positivity humour and hope. Near the end the ...more
Molly
Jul 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is a very impressive book. The author must have found it quite difficult to open up so much about her personal experience of trying to get pregnant and I applaud her for her courage. The book takes us through her failed pregnancies and her attempts to get pregnant in minute detail, taking us onto the emotional and physical rollercoaster ride that her life has been.
I imagine this to be very useful to people who are in the same situation. I know a few couples in my circle of friends who are c
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Laurie Prim
Sep 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Finding the Rainbow is Rachel’s story of recurrent miscarriage and her ongoing reproductive journey. I read it in two nights, and while I hated what she has been through, I loved her book. Her voice is vibrant, honest, and hopeful. I completely related with so many aspects of pregnancy loss that she discussed- the recurrent grief, the obsessive, all-consuming thoughts, the brutal swings between excitement and devastation, how lost she felt when she wasn’t able to control having a baby, the appre ...more
May Sage
Sep 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Wow.
I'm one of those, the Darcyers, once my mind is made up, that's it.
I've decided I don't do non-fiction. I've decided I can't relate to anyone above thirty-five. I've decided I don't want to have children of my own.
This book fell on my laps and it smashed everything I believe in. Seriously.
First of all, although it's non fiction the writing is engaging, delightfully sarcastic and makes for an interesting read. You just need to know how it ends! I'll definitely follow this author and see w
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Michael Wilton
Chasing the dream


In this frank and honest account, the reader begins to appreciate the amount of physical and mental anguish that the author must have suffered in her epic journey in search of her elusive Rainbow Baby. After suffering multiple miscarriages, others in her situation might well have given up on the spot, especially when surrounded by friends happily nearing the end of the same journey.
It called for a special kind of perseverance and courage to go on trying, despite the odds stacked
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Paola Branas-Born
May 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing

This book takes you on a personal journey, one filled with joy anticipation, apprehension, sadness and many doses of hope. This private journey of fertility and loss is not new to me. Having also gone through many years of infertility to finally get to the other side, I could empathise with the author on many levels. As the reader you ache with the author on many occasions, you celebrate with her and then experience the roller coaster of emotions when there is disappointment. This is a modern st
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Maria
Aug 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The Rainbow, by Rachel McGrath, is a moving account of the author’s journey for a child. It takes courage to put pen to paper, and I commend Rachel McGrath’s courage to write so openly about her experience. It is an emotional read, but very informative. McGrath’s writing style is engaging, and you really connect to her on spiritual level. McGrath wrote her story in a vivid, personal and educational prose that does not make you feel uncomfortable or lost in medical jargon. I do not know anyone wh ...more
K. French
May 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
‘Finding the Rainbow’ is a well-written, heartfelt and honest account about realising that your dreams and hopes of becoming a mother might actually not turn out as you’d wished for or planned. It was real, it didn’t hold back and it dealt with issues that not everyone feels comfortable discussing, partly because, as the author points out, unless you are actually experiencing it, there isn’t a lot you can say to make it right. I really enjoyed it. I was engaged from the outset. I felt included a ...more
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Rachel McGrath grew up in Brisbane, Australia, where she studied business, before moving to the United Kingdom in her early thirties. She currently lives just north of London, where she met and married her husband, and has a professional career in human resources.


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