Two Kisses for Maddy: A Memoir of Loss and Love by Matthew Logelin grew out of Matt’s blog, which grew out of what happened when his wife, Liz, gave birth to their daughter, Madeline (Maddy). But let me backtrack a little bit. You see this is a personal story.
Matt and I worked together at Yahoo. Although we were on separate floors, we were all a tight-knit group in our department. I was thrilled when he was chosen to go to India to work on my project there. Matt was a very smart, kind person (I can see him blush now) who everyone liked immediately. He was also always kinda shy.
Matt and Liz had been sweethearts since high school. When Liz walked into a room, Matt’s face literally lit up like a sunbeam. And when she saw him, so did hers. The first time I saw this happen, my mouth literally fell open because I’d never seen anything like it. I’ve never seen two people more in love than Matt and Liz. In fact, the only real fight I know they ever had was a silly one about a robot Matt purchased while he was in India. Geez, that was a cute but also ugly robot. Don’t ask. LOL
So Two Kisses for Maddy should be one long sappy love story, right? Wrong. You see, Liz is gone. She died 24 hours after Maddy was born of a stupid, stupid, stupid pulmonary embolism. I was in Seattle when I heard the news, and I couldn’t believe it was true. Matt turned to his blog to process his grief, and to try to stay sane for Maddy. Precious Maddy, who looks just like Liz. In the process of blogging, he met other families who had gone through similar things, and a kind of miracle has grown out of this horrible tragedy. (There’s a link on the far right side bar of this web site to the Liz Logelin Foundation if you’d like to learn more about its work.)
I’m not going to tell you more about the book, except to say that it’s honest, touching, sweet, and contains a big piece of Matt’s heart. It will also touch your heart. It made the NYT bestseller list in its first week (WooHoo), and it’s a wonderful read! Keep a box of tissues handy but by all means read this book!
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