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Publisher's Summary

When Brooke Shields welcomed her newborn daughter, Rowan Francis Henchy, into the world, something unexpected followed: a crippling depression. Now, for the first time, Brooke talks about the trials, tribulations, and finally the triumphs that occurred before, during, and after the birth of her daughter.

In what will strike a chord with millions of women, Brooke Shields openly shares the story of how she battled a condition that is widely misunderstood, despite the fact that it affects one in ten new mothers. She discusses the illness in the context of her own life, including her struggle to get pregnant; the high expectations she had for herself and that society as well as others placed on her as a new mom; and the roles her husband, friends, and family played as she struggled to attain her maternal footing in the midst of severe postpartum depression. And, ultimately, Brooke shares how she found a way out through talk therapy, medication, and time.

Brooke has grown up in the public eye, but this is the story of what happened to the private woman, the one the world hasn't seen before. With intelligence, humor, and startling honesty, Brooke speaks directly to the listener, making us feel close to her experience, her pain, and her ultimate triumph.

©2005 Christa Incorporated; (P)2005 Hyperion

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A New Fan of Brooke

I have grown up watching Brooke Shields. We are about the same age and I can say that I have never really thought about her one way or another except that she was beautiful and probably vacuous. I bought this book reluctantly because my husband and I are trying to have a baby and I was reading everything I could find from science to moral support. Let me say that I was floored by her honesty and comforted by her courage. I can now say unequivocally that I am a fan of Brooke Shields. Her storytelling kept my attention from start to finish and the sound of her voice is a pleasure to listen to. I cannot recommend this book highly enough. I would give it 6 stars if I could. The only thing that would make it better is if it were unabridged.

10 of 11 people found this review helpful

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Brooke Shields' honesty and unwavering self-examination is remarkable. The struggle she describes is as courageous as her willingness to share her experiences with the people she has come into contact with and with her readers. Her tale will resonant with the countless women who have experienced postpartum depression, as well as those who struggle to become pregnant... for many it will become a favorite and a comfort.

It was not, however, anywhere near the quality work I'd expected. Ms. Shields' narrative fell into repeated very-very-very long descriptions of her dark feelings: when they first occurred they were described at length; when they resurfaced, they were again described and compared with the first description; later, to elaborate on her memory of those feelings at a different point of her life, she fully described them again; and, finally, she described them again when she wanted to remind the listener why her emerging insight was important. I thoroughly believe feelings need to be validated and understand why Ms. Shields felt the need to turn her feelings over and over in the process of examining them, but, frankly, the text (and her voice as narrator) got whiney.

Bottomline: My review is mixed. Ms. Shields has made very significant personal progress and this courageous book will encourage countless others to fight back again postpartum depression and other demons. But, although this book is a powerfully poignant journal - it is not a brilliant memoir nor even a well written commentary.

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fantastic look into this awful affliction

Brooke Shields does remarkable job at recounting her days dealing with post partum depression. This book was interesting and helped me deal with my own demons.
I believe it took incredible courage on her part to delve into the darkness and come out on the other side, an author, helping countless other women.
This story is compelling and inspiring.

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  • K.H.
  • Visalia, CA USA
  • 12-02-16

relatable, real!

loved it, helped me through my postpartum. finally someone I could relate to, she was raw and real and great at reading her own story, some of these audibles have horrible readers turning a good book into boring.

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Too Brooke Shields-y

Would you try another book from Brooke Shields and/or Brooke Shields?

No

What could Brooke Shields have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Choose someone else to do the audiobook

What didn’t you like about Brooke Shields’s performance?

She does let you forget she's Brooke Shields, movie star

Could you see Down Came the Rain being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

No

Any additional comments?

I am sorry to say I was not a fan of this reading. I had ppd and was hoping to identify with Brooke's struggle but her voice did not work for this story. She sounds like a stage actress rehearsing a monologue. <br/><br/>There are too many references to her Hollywood status. The whole last chapter is about the 'industry.'<br/><br/>She is also very judgmental about breastfeeding and medication. Ppd moms should not listen to this. It will upset you.

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Down Came the Rain

If you could sum up Down Came the Rain in three words, what would they be?

Sad and uplifting

What other book might you compare Down Came the Rain to and why?

Any woman journey into motherhood

What does Brooke Shields bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Her own expereince. Her words, her memories, her raw feelings

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No

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Bless you Brooke

The book is both beautifully written and read, and full of very clear descriptions of the inner experience of ppd.

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Immensely Helpful and Entertaining

This book was a wonderful accompaniment to my ongoing treatment for my post partum depression. It was recommended by my therapist and hearing Brooke's struggle and symptoms was so reassuring!

She is wonderful to listen to and it was wonderful to hear her share her story. It's helped so much with my own recovery.

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Shook me to the core

Very honest, was able to identify myself. Brook did an amazing job describing the abyss Post Partum Deppression can be.

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Honest

Wonderful, very honest account of postpartum depression, would recommend this book to anyone thinking of having a baby.