“Heart Warriors” is nonfiction, one written with heartbreaking honesty and an enormous amount of research. This book is not an easy read, nor should it be. At the beginning, we are immediately flung into the midst of her son’s—Liam’s—life in the hospital. Here we discover their family—Amanda, her husband Jim, and their children Liam and Moira. Adams draws you deeper than many authors I’ve read while simultaneously holding you at bay. We can sympathize with her. Families who have a member or who had a member with CHD, can cross barriers others cannot. But every step of the way, with the reminder of Liam’s unique heart, their family remains apart, yet accessible, to anyone who chooses to read this book.
How many of us know that CHD stands for “congenital heart disease”? Or that one out of 100 babies are born with it? Or that it is the most lethal disease children face? Can you believe “Over eighty million CHD hearts beat on this planet.” These are only a sliver of the things you learn on this journey. I commend Adams on walking the tightrope of heavy research mingled with the art of storytelling and being able to make it to the other side.
Amanda Adams serves as narrator, advocate, mother, wife, daughter, aunt, sister in-law, and so many other roles through the most trying time of her life. I walk away from this book knowing I will never forget Amanda, Liam, Jim, and Moira.
And never would I want to.
Review by Krystal A. Sital