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Heartstrong

By: Ellidy Pullin
Narrated by: Chris Pullin,Ellidy Pullin
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'If not with you, then for you.'

It was a perfect Wednesday morning when Alex 'Chumpy' Pullin kissed his partner, Ellidy, goodbye to go spearfishing. Most days Ellidy would go to the beach too, but that day she didn't. Later, there was a knock at the door. A man had been found unconscious on the ocean floor. It was Chumpy.

From that moment, Ellidy's world stopped. There was deep grief, disbelief and then the gradual realisation that this was real. Ellidy's partner of eight years, a World Champion snowboarder, a man of energy and music, was gone. And so was the life they had built together and the dream of the child they had been trying for. In the hours that followed a suggestion was made: did Ellidy want to harvest Chumpy's sperm and try for the baby they both wanted so deeply?

There was a ticking clock and the need to discuss with family and friends. They had thirty-six hours before it would be too late...

Heartstrong is an unforgettable book about love, joy, grief, hope and finding a way to keep going in the darkest of times.

©2022 Ellidy Pullin (P)2022 Hachette Australia Pty Ltd

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Such a well told story, just like you were sitting chatting with a friend. Such a sad book but also had you smiling at all the amazing memories of such a wonderful person chumpy and Ellidys dad was. 💕 Ellidy you should be so proud of the person you have become today. Minnie is so lucky to have you as a mum xx

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A sometimes sad but more times loving story

What Ellidy and her family and friends have been through is absolutely heartbreaking but there is so much unconditional love and optimism in this story also. A great listen.

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Raw, real, heart breaking, inspiring

Such an open and honest story, and I'm so glad Ellidy and Chris were brave enough to narrate it themselves. I loved hearing all the stories even though many brought me to tears. It's beautiful how your mess has become your message and that you're able to help others, even though I'm so deeply sorry for how it all came about. Chumpy was a legend, and remains a legend through memories and this book.

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Absolutely fantastic

Wow! What a fantastic book to read. You really are a wonderful person. Thanks for helping me with my grief.

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Lost for words

What an incredible story of love, loss and family. Had me in tears and complete awe from start to finish 🥹

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Couldn’t help but cry. Fantastic. Real

I am thankful that I listened to this in the comfort of my home, for the amount of times that I burst into tears. I loved hearing Chris share his parts which were equally tender and agonising. I enjoyed hearing familiar beach side places called out, but mostly, I loved the childlike exuberance in which Ellidy met her challenges with. A remarkable story that lives in my heart.

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Heart wrenching and raw

it was so honest and raw and I absolutely loved it!!! especially loved Chris's contributions

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Amazing.

Moved, touched and just so grateful. Hugged my partner and family extra right after this book. thank you, El.

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keep the tissues close

the earth wasn't capable of holding a love like chump and els, one that many pray for. beautifully heartbreaking story.

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Heartstrong, perfect title for this book. Pulled at my heart strings the whole book, whether it was happy or sad.

loved everything about this book 10/10. Emotions of sadness and happiness all in one told story. Will walk away a better person after listening to this audio book.

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