Thursday, January 10, 2013

Book Review: Goodnight, Brian by Steven Manchester

What do you do when fate deals you a bad hand?  Don't give in.  Don't give up.  Don't let your faith down.

Angelina DiMartino's grandson, Brian, was stricken with a terrible disease due to the formula his mother had been feeding him starting at the age of four months.  The doctors believed although he would live, he would never walk or talk or do anything.

Angelina, better known as Mama, knew better.  She took fate and threw it out the door.  She never gave up on her grandson and she wouldn't let others do it, either.  This is a poignant tale of a woman's faith shaking up everything fate has handed her grandson.

Steven Manchester has written a heartwarming story of a grandmother's love and stubbornness.  He's captured the emotion and love in the two characters of Mama and Brian.  The reader does see how different people in the same family react to debilitating news that a baby has to suffer because the formula they were taking did not provide the right nutrients for him to develop properly.

Throughout the entire story I wondered the meaning of the title.  Why was it chosen?  You may be curious about that, too, when you read this.  The meaning is superb but not clear until the end and that's the way it should be.

I read this as a review request using the Kindle App on my laptop.  All opinions are my own.  I was not compensated for this in any way.


  1. I wish I had a grandmother like Mama!