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Review: Expect a Miracle

August 20, 2015

Expect a Miracle

Jenny Long was 12 years old when her mother passed away and her world was turned upside down.  Her mostly absent father was awarded custody and he moved her from the only home she’d ever known.  In her father’s care, Jenny made some poor choices and, at 18, she was a pregnant high school dropout, married to a criminal.

Seeing the error of her ways, Jenny decided she had to make a better life for herself and her young son, Conner.  She became involved with Jeff Long, a gentle man who loved Conner as much as she did.  When she became pregnant with Jeff’s child, they were thrilled and promised Conner he and his brother would play sports together.   When Cayden was born with cerebral palsy, that dream became forgotten until, at age 7, Conner heard about a triathlon for kids and talked his parents into allowing him to enter with his brother.  The duo hasn’t looked back since and, in 2012, won the Sports Illustrated Kid’s SportsKids of the Year award.

Expect a Miracle: A Mother’s Tale of Brotherly Love, Faith & the Race That Changed a Family’s Life by Jenny Long with Bob Der is the story of Jenny and her two sons.  The story is told in the present tense with flashbacks to Jenny’s earlier life.  The Long family’s story is moving and inspirational and I thought the book was good but not great.  For me, the boys were the stars of the story, and I had heard much of their story before.  The book is short and engaging so it’s a fast read.  If you’re not familiar with Conner and Cayden Long, you’ll probably like this book even more than I did.

Review copy provided by Wunderkind PR. I am an Indiebound Affiliate.
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18 Comments leave one →
  1. Beth F permalink
    August 20, 2015 7:37 am

    Sounds like something worth reading, even if it wasn’t the best book ever.

  2. August 20, 2015 7:37 am

    Wow, talk about some bad breaks in her early life! But it sounds like she got back on her feet again and again and moved on!

  3. August 20, 2015 7:44 am

    New to me. Sounds very inspiring.

  4. August 20, 2015 9:36 am

    I haven’t heard of their story, thanks for bringing it to my attention.

  5. August 20, 2015 9:37 am

    Sorry you didn’t like the book more.

  6. Patty permalink
    August 20, 2015 10:04 am

    I have not heard of their story either…but it sounds inspiring!

  7. August 20, 2015 10:49 am

    I think I’ve heard of these brothers before but I feel for that mom. So much to overcome and at such a young age, too.

  8. August 20, 2015 12:13 pm

    What a miracle indeed.

  9. August 20, 2015 2:25 pm

    Sounds like a fantastic and motivating story! We have some family friends with a son who was born with cerebral palsy and his zest for life is always such an inspiration.

  10. August 20, 2015 4:42 pm

    It must have been a very emotional read.

  11. August 21, 2015 9:26 am

    This sounds like a very hard read, emotionally, but still a good one.

  12. August 21, 2015 10:08 am

    Sounds inspiring! Do you think it’s appropriate for middle-grade kids to read?

  13. August 21, 2015 2:20 pm

    I am not familiar with the story – it sounds good but I am thinking it way be too emotional for me at this time.

  14. Literary Feline permalink
    August 21, 2015 4:06 pm

    This one sounds very inspirational.

  15. August 23, 2015 4:00 pm

    I’m not familiar with the story and it sounds like an inspirational read.

  16. bookingmama permalink
    August 24, 2015 10:11 pm

    I am familiar with this story but I’m not sure I need to read an entire book about it. It is a truly inspirational story though.

  17. August 24, 2015 10:50 pm

    What an inspiring story!

  18. August 29, 2015 11:57 am

    Wow! It sounds really inspirational.

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