With Angel's Wings by Stephanie A. Collins

With Angel's Wings

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 through a whirlwind of mind-numbing diagnoses, from a rare chromosomal d...

Details With Angel's Wings

TitleWith Angel's Wings
Release DateSep 17th, 2013
PublisherFlair for Writing - Publishing Services
GenreAutobiography, Memoir, Medical, Nonfiction, True Story

Reviews With Angel's Wings

  • Dianna Caley
    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 lon...
  • Brenda Perlin
    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 ins...
  • Robin
    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 wit...
  • Adri Sinclair
    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...
  • Nabaneeta Dangwal
    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 diseas...
  • Olivia-Savannah Roach
    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 mor...
  • Shaheen Darr
    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 harrowin...
  • denise marcum
    Relationships / Souls are within usAs 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 wi...
  • Michele Foulk
    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
    I want more! When I finished the book I felt like I wanted it to continue. Stephanie please write one more!
  • Kathleen Pooler
    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. Sh...
  • M. Matheson
    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....
  • Maggie Thom
    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 d...
  • S.J. Hermann
    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 a...
  • Julie Greenawalt-Hacker
    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...
  • Patty Seitz
    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
    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 w...
  • Lorraine Carter
    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
    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...
  • Patient Lee
    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...
  • Sandra Kerns
    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 b...
  • Eeva Lancaster
    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 sy...
  • Jonel Boyko
    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 who...
  • Jim Heskett
    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...
  • J'anne Grenier
    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
    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.
  • M.G. Wells
    An honest memoir to which I can relate. The author is candid about her struggles. Highly recommended.
  • Shree
    Note : This review is up in my blog - Book And InkLaura, 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...
  • Shirley
    #RRBC A Mesmerizing Tale of Heartbreak and Happiness!I could not put the book down for several reasons. It was written very well in spite of the fact that at times I was lost between Laura talking and the narrator speaking. The flow and the depth of the story is what kept me reading. Laura had more patience than I would have had with her useless husband and I was frustrated by him. I'm glad the story takes a positive turn after so much heartbreak...
  • Ravenna Young
    InspiringI found myself relating to this story on so many levels. One of my boys has autism and there have been many challenges but also many perfect moments. I can't imagine our lives any other way, although most days I pray for a break. Thank you for sharing your journey, Stephanie. This was a beautifully, honest, eye-opening read and I knew that the moment I started, I wouldn't be able to put it down.