Spirit Baby by Nina Neilson Little

Rating: 5 out of 5.

“There’s an ancient Chinese belief that women possess two hearts; an upper heart associated with the standard Western heart, and a lower heart tied to the uterus. They say that women hold dreams of infants, lost children, and babies never-meant-to-be in their upper hearts, while babies destined to be born travel to their mother’s lower heart.”

Spirit Baby by Nina Neilson Little

What I Loved:

What a beautifully written memoir! I was so drawn in as Nina told her story of her struggles with infertility and miscarriage. Written with such emotion, it was beautiful to read.

How I Felt:

Spirit Baby is a memoir about Nina Neilson Little’s path to motherhood, but it is also a travel memoir of her times in China. I was absolutely drawn in to the descriptions and stories of China. Having visited China twice, reading her book made me want to go back and visit all the places I didn’t get to! Her descriptions of China are amazing. She discusses ancient traditions, the history of locations she visits, eating habits and rituals, and so much more! I loved how the story was written in a way that connected her travel experiences with herself and fertility.

She writes about her name, which I must admit, I was mispronouncing for months until I read this book (sorry about that Nina)! She tells the reader how she never enjoyed her name until, in China, she found all these traditions and beliefs that connected her to her name in a way she never had before. I love how she did this over and over in the book, giving life to these places and experiences.

Nina’s journey through this story is one with sadness and loss, however, she writes with such positivity that the overall feel of this book is uplifting and wonderful. She discusses her sadness and loss, her depression, and her healing. This is truly a lovely book with a wonderful, heartwarming story.

Content Warnings:

This is a book about struggles with infertility and miscarriage. This could be a trigger for some people.

To Read or Not To Read:

I would recommend Spirit Baby to any reader that enjoys memoirs or stories of travel. The descriptions of China are wonderful and the story of her path to motherhood is so beautiful.

Nina and her husband Chris have struggle with infertility for years. They have decided to head to China for a chance to heal and adopt. Nina takes us with her on her visits through Chinese streets and historical places. She tells us about ancient traditions, sharing the ones that she chose to partake in. Her journey through this story speaks of loss and healing. It is a beautiful journey that readers will be so happy to have gone on.

  • Spirit Baby by Nina Neilson Little
  • Sub-Title: Travels Through China on the Long Road to Motherhood
  • Page Count: 265 pages
  • Publisher: Illumify Media Global
  • Pub Date: April 22, 2019

I received a copy of this book for free from a giveaway hosted by the author. I am leaving my honest review voluntarily.

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My Heart from Inside by Aviva Gat

Rating: 5 out of 5.

What I Loved: The way this book made me think I knew what I would do, then change my mind, and re-think, and re-think again. I was torn between two perspectives of these families and I agreed with both of them.

How I Felt: I felt such sadness for each of the families. Their situations were unthinkable, yet understandable, keeping me up at night trying to find out what happened. Finishing the last page of this book, I felt such a love for this book. The author was able to write this story with such a realistic view, I felt like I was right there with each family.

To Read or Not To Read: A definite must-read. It’s a thought-provoking book, which had me having dinner conversations over what I would do!

Where To Find This Book: Amazon Goodreads


The story takes us through the IVF (in vitro fertilization) process for two women, Cameron and Avery. We follow their elation and joy at finding out they are pregnant, their struggles with morning sickness and tired bodies while pregnant, and their birth stories. Then, the unthinkable happens, Cameron and her husband Andy, realize their daughter has a blood type that does not match theirs. This baby is not their genetic child. Tests confirm Cameron has carried Avery’s genetic baby, while Avery carried Cameron’s. 

What now? What would you do? I kept asking myself these questions throughout the entire book. Avery and her husband had their baby a few weeks early and have started to bond with their child, while Cameron and Andy discover the problem soon after birth, choosing to keep the baby at a distance until they can switch babies. This turns out to be harder than Cameron and Andy would have thought, as Avery and Graham would like to keep the baby they have. 
This book takes you on a roller coaster of emotions and keeps you wondering what will happen next. It is a book that I recommend to everyone! 

I was provided an advanced reader’s copy of this book for free. I am leaving my review voluntarily.

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