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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (4,339 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Matt Logelin, Matthew Logelin Narrator: Matthew Logeli Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Matt and Liz Logelin were high school sweethearts. After years of long-distance dating, the pair finally settled together in Los Angeles, and they had it all: a perfect marriage, a gorgeous new home, and a baby girl on the way. Liz’s pregnancy was rocky, but they welcomed Madeline, beautiful and healthy, into the world on March 24, 2008.

Just twenty-seven hours later, Liz suffered a pulmonary embolism and died instantly, without ever holding the daughter whose arrival she had so eagerly awaited. Though confronted with devastating grief and the responsibilities of a new and single father, Matt did not surrender to devastation; he chose to keep moving forward— to make a life for Maddy.

In this memoir, Matt shares bittersweet and often humorous anecdotes of his courtship and marriage to Liz; of relying on his newborn daughter for the support that she unknowingly provided; and of the extraordinary online community of strangers who have become his friends. In honoring Liz’s legacy, heartache has become solace.

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Quotes & Awards

  • Two Kisses for Maddy is less a conscious piece of writing than a spontaneous eruption from the heart. It will make you cry but not only out of sadness. Some of your tears will be for the beauty of love and its miraculous power to heal even the deepest wounds.”

    John Grogan, New York Times bestselling author of Marley & Me

  • “No one wants to read a depressing book. But how can you possibly call depressing what is so filled with love and life and the unstoppable message of how lucky we are to have what we have. Read this book and put your life back in perspective.”

    Brad Meltzer, New York Times bestselling author of Heroes for My Sons

  • “In Matthew Logelin’s honest and poignant story, we learn a great many lessons about the fragility of life, and about the strength we all can summon to move forward. With two kisses and an open heart, he shows how love can sustain us.”

    Jeffrey Zaslow, New York Times bestselling coauthor of The Last Lecture

  • “Almost unparalleled as a raw and unapologetic portrait of grief, Two Kisses for Maddy is a stunning testimony of the kind of love—fated, magnificent—that inspires novels. So vivid, so powerful and pitch-perfect, is his evocation of his beloved Liz that I could hear her laughter and see her face for days after putting the book down.”

    Claire Fontaine, national bestselling author of Come Back

  • “Heartbreaking, raw, moving and uplifting at the same time.”

    Hollywood Reporter

  • “A tender memoir that combines the deep sadness of loss with the joys of parenthood even under incredibly trying circumstances.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Suzanne | 2/14/2014

    " I loved this book. I have followed Matt's blog for a little while now so I already knew the story but it is a wonderful book and I definitely cried a few times while reading it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Ron Reimann | 2/9/2014

    " A great read, especially for new Dads...... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Alexandra Knowles | 2/5/2014

    " This book was raw and moving. I can't imagine the pain of the loss with the happiness of the gift. The book will be re-released in paperback with new photos and a new essay in the next few weeks. I will definitely buy my own copy, especially since 7% of the sale goes to the Liz Logelin Foundation. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Tracy | 1/24/2014

    " Matt's voice, love, and sadness poor through the pages of this book. I actually listened to the audio book and I'd highly recommend doing so. It's read by Matt and it makes it that more impactful. There's no doubt left in anyone's mind that Maddy saved his life and continues to fill him with hope and love. If you're looking for a lovey dovey tear jerking book then you're looking in the wrong place. This book was meant for Maddy in Matt's way. Don't judge that. Matt gives the facts, says the f word around 150 times, and I expect I would too if I'd lost my spouse and was left with a premie. "

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About the Narrator

Born and raised in Minnesota, Matt Logelin moved to Southern California after finishing his master’s degree in sociology to be with the love of his life, Liz. The two married in 2005, and Liz tragically passed away in March 2008 after the birth of their first daughter, Madeline. A former project manager at Yahoo!, Matt left his job in October 2009 to focus on raising his daughter and on writing his first book, Two Kisses for Maddy. The two live in Los Angeles today, where they enjoy hiking, shopping for records, and eating cupcakes. They travel often to see as much of the world as possible and have visited six different countries together so far.