In her memoir No One Knew, Renee Olivier rips open the many emotional wounds that a sociopath inflicted upon her. Joe entered into Renee’s life when she had been single for thirteen years. He swept her off her feet with his honeyed tongue and love talks. The man was skilled in convincing her that she was the love of her life and that he would die without her. With no reason to suspect the man, Renee dreamed of a bright future with him.
Scrapbook of an Unfound Songstress by Vicky Nolan is a heartfelt memoir written in a scrapbook style. While everybody pushes us to follow our dreams, nobody cautions us of the price that we might need to pay after we land amidst the stars. Everybody, except Vicky Nolan.
Being born as an illegitimate daughter to a woman who was way ahead of her time, put Mary Charity in a complex position. As much as she wanted a father, her mother did not wish to be married. Finally, she accepted her reality and vowed to not let her own child, Billy, be raised without a father. However, fate intervened and she found herself a widow at an early age. Along with an unbearable emotional trauma, his death brought financial troubles in her life.
James B. Hansom: As a Sailor for many years, one absorbs the rules of the oceans into one’s own life; as such every wave has a peak and a trough. Accepting bi-polar is no different, like a heart-beat you have the highs and the lows, just a little more intense! The mania phases can be really useful as one can get so much done in such a short amount of time, but afterward comes the crash which can halt you from achieving anything; so I guess things take about the same time overall.
In Un-Adoptable – Faith Beyond Foster Care, Janelle Molony shares an unfiltered part of her life that started after she and her husband, Ryan, decided to adopt a child. While some of her issues with the adoption process appeared completely normal, a lot of protocols did not sound acceptable. The adoption agency investigated the past and the present of Ryan and Janelle with a fine-tooth-comb. Yet, they failed miserably in sharing even the right age of Steven.
Love never came easy for Maria Guira, the author. With each failed connection, she felt more and more at loss. On the other hand, her sisters were either married or having babies or getting engaged. While she was happy for them, she could not ignore a pang of jealousy that continuously stabbed at her heart. Her family dynamics weren’t helping her either. So, when she received the undivided attention of a priest, she could not help falling for him. Yet, there was a nagging feeling inside of her that urged her to devote her life to God.
Reviewed by me for Reader’s Favorite. Mental illness has always been a sensitive topic, and, in a way, it has been a taboo in society. A discussion about physical ailments is acceptable; however, any conversation regarding your mental health must be done behind closed doors. Slowly but surely, this mindset is changing; unfortunately, the pace…
Reviewed by me for Reader’s Favorite. Even after losing a huge amount of money in an online dating fiasco, Alexis knew that she was not over love. James, the scammer, had succeeded in casting a gigantic shadow over her finances, but Alexis did not allow him to rule over every other aspect of her life….
Reviewed by me for Reader’s Favorite. Betrayal comes in all shapes and sizes. After reading Kathryn Taylor’s Two Minus One: A Memoir, I am pretty confident that there is no easy way to segregate an honest person from a dishonest one. Jim said all the right words and stood by Kathryn and her daughters for…
Reviewed by me for Reader’s Favorite. A stroke takes a lot away from our definition of a normal body (and a normal life), but does it mark the end of life? Trapped Within by Jo Ann Glim is a written testament of the fact that it doesn’t have to be the end. After suffering a…