Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Want To Know What It's Really Like Raising Twins? Book Review And Give Away!

Jane Roper's memoir is a great read for any
parent or parent-to-be of twins!
When I first found out I was pregnant with twins, one of the first thing I did was to find books to help me prepare for the road ahead. Since I didn't yet have any friends with twins and didn't yet know about joining a multiples club, books were my first resource. 

While there are a ton of books on being pregnant with twins or taking care of newborn twins, there are few and far between that I know of that tackle life as a mom of twins over the span of years. And even fewer that are real, honest and make you feel as if a friend was letting you in on her personal story. That is, until Jane Roper wrote her book Double Time: How I Survived---and Mostly Thrived---Through the First Three Years of Mothering Twins

I "met" Jane on Twitter about a year ago and soon became a fan of the smart, funny, self-effacing style of her Babble blog, Baby Squared. I was very excited when Jane told me she had just written a memoir and asked if I would read it.

What I loved right away about Double Time was that I felt as though at last someone was speaking my language. Jane doesn't necessarily offer "how-to" advice on handling a twin pregnancy or those first months (or years) with twins, but she chronicles so many moments any parent of multiples will recognize that you instantly feel as though this is a friend who has been in the trenches with you. You feel bonded. You feel understood. 

Author, Jane Roper. She's a twin mom
you'll wish you knew in real life.
Most importantly, you come away from reading this book with a picture of what it's really like to raise twins, even if you don't have the added complications Jane had of battling severe depression, being the family breadwinner or struggling with feeling pulled away from the career you had originally dreamed for yourself. 

Double Time: How I Survived---and Mostly Thrived---Through the First Three Years of Mothering Twins is hilarious, honest, compelling and ultimately very uplifting. It's a great gift for new and expectant mothers of twins and a great read even for those of us who have passed the stages Jane writes about. It's just so refreshing to feel that there's someone out there who "gets it" when it comes to being a parent of twins and hasn't sugar coated the difficulties or minimized the joys in any way. 

Jane Roper's memoir is released today, May 8th. I was honored to be given a chance to read it in advance and Jane has very kindly offered a copy to be given away to my readers. Please leave a comment below and let me know who you'd like to win a copy for (even if it's yourself)!

I'll pick a winner at random (via Random.org) on Mother's Day, May 13th. Please be sure to include a way to contact you if you win and share this review with your friends - I think every mother or mother-to-be of multiples should have this book on her bedside table!
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