Book Review: Live Your Life: My Story of Loving and Losing Nick Cordero by Amanda and Anna Kloots

Live Your Life: My Story of Loving and Losing Nick Cordero by Amanda and Anna Kloots


Amanda Kloots bravely reflects on love, loss, and life with her husband, Broadway star and Tony-nominee Nick Cordero, whose public battle with Covid-19 and tragic death made headlines around the world.

In the early spring of 2020, Broadway star and Tony Award nominee Nick Cordero was hospitalized for what he and his wife, Amanda Kloots, believed was a severe case of pneumonia. Entering Cedars-Sinai, there was no indication that Nick—a young man in the prime of life with no pre-existing conditions—would never return home. Diagnosed with Covid-19, this rising star—who only a few days earlier was the picture of health—soon deteriorated. Suffering a series of complications – minor heart attacks, an amputation, sepsis—he was kept alive for weeks, hooked to a ventilator, bypass machines, dialysis, and a specialized heart-lung bypass machine.

 Staying strong for Nick and their infant son, Elvis, Amanda shared their journey on social media, documenting Nick’s condition and the risks of Covid-19 for all ages. Her updates quickly made an impact, inspiring millions of followers around the globe who offered positive thoughts and virtual prayers, and danced each day to Nick’s hit song Live Your Life. When Nick passed away after 94 grueling days in the ICU, the world grieved for Amanda and her family’s devastating loss.

Live Your Life is her and Nick’s story: of their love and fairy-tale marriage, of the disease that quickly upended it, of the fight for Nick’s survival—those sudden tragic months that permanently changed her world and ours—of her grief and how she came to terms with his death, of keeping Nick’s memory alive for Elvis and the world. Offering courage and inspiration to anyone coping with overwhelming loss and written with her sister Anna Kloots who was with her every step of this journey, Amanda’s story is a thoughtful and poignant reflection on love, hope, motherhood, and the power of community in times of hardship. In sharing her experience, she shows us that, through positivity and community, even the most impossible circumstances can be endured. 

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Music Monday: Lauren Daigle “Hold On To Me” #MusicMonday #LaurenDaigle #Music #HoldOnToMe

Music Monday


This meme was created by Drew @ The Tattooed Book Geek. You pick a song that you really like and share it on Monday.

Last time I shared: Queen: I Want To Break Free

This week’s share:

Lauren Daigle

“Hold On To Me”

I just finished up a new book, Live Your Life: My Story of Loving and Losing Nick Cordero by Amanda and Anna Kloots, which is the story of Amanda’s late husband Nick Cordero and his battle with Covid-19. The book is much more than just a story of Nick’s battle, sharing details about the life they shared and their families. I’ll be posting my review of the book soon because it releases on June 15th, 2021. Anyway, it inspired me to share this song today. “Hold On To Me” isn’t mentioned in the book, but many other songs are. I’ll share one of those later on with my review. Lauren Daigle’s latest song came to mind while reading this book because of Amanda’s unwavering faith. It was inspiring to me, and this song just seems to fit. Hope you enjoy.

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