Tears of My Life is a coming of age memoir about a young man growing up in Ghana. The story tells of Kofi’s poverty, both monetary and spiritual. The book describes Kofi’s disappointments in life, his loneliness, and his young loves. Tears of My Life is an interesting story about Kofi’s spiritual journey, the pitfalls in his life and his near brush with suicide.
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~4 out of 5 stars~Review by Peg Glover
Walking Over Eggshells is a well-written poignant memoir about a woman’s struggle to hold onto her self-esteem while her narcissistic mother endlessly tries to tear it apart. Lucinda tells her story from her abusive and difficult childhood to her life with a betraying husband who leaves her poverty-stricken in a foreign country with two children.
Lucinda writes with brutal honesty about her home life and what it was like to suffer emotional and verbal abuse on a daily basis. Even after Lucinda married Jeremy, a charismatic, but cheating and irresponsible husband, her mother’s scoldings and put-downs never ceased. Lucinda had a painful life and even though her story is compelling and downright amazing, it is not an emotionally easy book to read.
However, despite her mother’s abuse and her husband’s betrayal Lucinda was able to reclaim her self-worth and become quite accomplished. Kudos to Lucinda. She sends a clear message to her readers, self-blame is destructive and belongs with the abuser, not the victim. Lucinda gives hope to those who are still hurting, by sharing her life and proving that even after abuse, happiness is still possible.
~5 out of 5 stars~
Lights in My Life is a superbly written memoir, by Helen Drew. This courageous New Zealand woman bravely tells the world her poignant story with heartbreaking honesty. Helen Drew’s life story is one of survival and resilience. It gives the reader hope though, to know that healing from such atrocities as abuse, betrayal, and rape to name a few, is possible. In this book, the reader will witness Helen’s strength as she struggles to reach the blessed place called acceptance.
Helen’s three sons are the lights in her life. As she recalls the details of her family’s agonizing tragedies; the reader will feel their heart being squeezed. Helen’s raw pain is undeniably present in the words on each page of this book.
Helen Drew’s story is an inspiration and a reminder, to never lose hope because, nothing stays the same forever. I could almost hear her saying, “And this too shall pass” throughout the book. Some of the emotional pain from Helen’s hardships will never go away, but she does reassure the reader that the sharp edges do dull over time.
I found Lights in My Life to be a compelling story, meticulously written and sprinkled with humor. By the time I reached the last page, I felt as if I had just spent a day with a beloved friend; one who I hated to say goodbye to.
Thank you, Helen, for sharing your story.
I highly recommend reading this heartfelt and moving book.
~5 out of 5 stars~ Review by Peg Glover