Sunday, February 3, 2013

[Books, Review] Goodnight, Brian by Steven Manchester


Fate was working against little Brian Mauretti. The food that was meant to nourish him was poisoning him instead, and the doctors said the damage was devastating and absolute. Fate had written off Brian. But fate didn’t count on a woman as determined as Brian’s grandmother, Angela DiMartino, who everyone knew as Mama. Loving her grandson with everything she had, Mama endeavored to battle fate. Fate had no idea what it was in for.

An emotional tale about the strength of family bonds, unconditional love, and the perseverance to do our best with the challenging gifts we receive, GOODNIGHT, BRIAN is an uplifting tribute to what happens when giving up is not an option.


When Brian was born, the doctors said that because of the formula fed to him since infancy, that he would be unable to walk, talk or be a vegetable his entire life. But Brian's grandmother; Mama, never lost faith in her grand baby. It was because of her faith and love for Brian, that things turned out great for the entire family. Brian was able to walk and talk, showing the doctors that they were wrong.

As I read through the beginning, my heart just broke. Hearing the news that Brian would have no hope in the world. But as I got to the middle of the book, it was very very heart warming. How everyone adjusted to the whole situation, how the entire family had faith that Brian would do what every normal person does. It really teaches you that anything can be possible as long as you have faith.

Brian's life would be completely different without the faith and love of his grandmother; Mama.

This book is a well-written, emotional, heartbreaking, lesson learning book that teaches the readers that anything can be possible if they have faith and believe. It provides the encouragement that one needs to improve themselves into becoming better people.

I recommend this to those who enjoy reading about heart breaking but absorbing contemporary fiction.


  1. Naddy- many thanks for the amazong review, and for sharing Goodnight Brian with your readers. I hope they enjoy the read.

  2. I wish I had a grandmother like Mama!


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