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All I Ever Wanted Was to Be Called Mom: A Womanas Epic Quest for Salvation on the Road to Motherhood by Vaspx

All I Ever Wanted Was to Be Called Mom: A Womanas Epic Quest for Salvation on the Road to MotherhoodAll I Ever Wanted Was to Be Called Mom: A Womanas Epic Quest for Salvation on the Road to Motherhood by Vaspx

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I was asked to read and review this book. This isn’t a book I would have selected on my own initiative. I understand that the struggle to conceive and have children is valid, emotional, draining, and heartbreaking when things don’t seem to be working out. I don’t discredit this emotional journey in any way. That said, I found the book very difficult to enjoy and I couldn’t connect with the authors. This causes a lack of empathy which is huge. I feel that while the message is valid, the method of delivery takes away from the entire experience. I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

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Living A Life That Matters: A Memoir of the Marquis de Lafayette by David M Weitzman

Living A Life That Matters: A Memoir of the Marquis de LafayetteLiving A Life That Matters: A Memoir of the Marquis de Lafayette by David M Weitzman
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book is highly entertaining if you enjoy reading about historical figures as I do. The writing is imaginative and is also intelligently written. While I cannot attest to the accuracy of everything contained within this book I can say much of it resonates as truth. It’s amazing how much our country depended upon people from other countries, especially the French. Without them we likely would have lost. Overall I enjoyed reading this book and found it a wonderful escape during stressful days and I found nothing to gripe about inside. I received an ARC through Smith Publicity in exchange for an honest review.

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Not in the Pink by Tina Martel

Not in the PinkNot in the Pink by Tina Martel
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is a vivid type of memoir anyone can look through and grasp the perspective of the author and everything she has gone through. I really like this style over other memoir’s. To me it’s more personal and rife with emotions. I’m familiar with the experience from a bystanders viewpoint. This book provides insight into what the individual experiences and goes through. Breast Cancer is nothing to take lightly. I feel this book makes a great statement. I love the organization and the images. Overall this is one of those rare gems. I received an ARC through Buy The Book Marketing in exchange for an honest review. This in no way influenced my opinion.

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Avenue of Spies: A True Story of Terror, Espionage, and One American Family’s Heroic Resistance in Nazi-Occupied Paris by Alex Kershaw

Avenue of Spies: A True Story of Terror, Espionage, and One American Family's Heroic Resistance in Nazi-Occupied ParisAvenue of Spies: A True Story of Terror, Espionage, and One American Family’s Heroic Resistance in Nazi-Occupied Paris by Alex Kershaw
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

As memoirs go this one is well written and enjoyable to read, if you are into reading about personal experiences and triumph during times of often terrifying ordeals. The topic is one that should be visited more often or else it will be repeated. I don’t think enough people realize just how wide-spread the Nazi regime was or how horrible life was during that time in history. Too many people either turn a blind eye or swear it never happened. Well it did and it needs to be taught on a broader scope. That said I’ll step down from my little soap box and tell you that this is actually interesting reading and the author did a fine job telling the series of events in a personal way. Overall this is an excellent choice in the memoir genre and one I can easily recommend. I received an ARC through Blogging For Books in exchange for an honest review.

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Holding Avery by Heidi Chandler

Holding AveryHolding Avery by Heidi Chandler
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I’m not typically a fan of memoirs as they tend to come across either preachy or like the writer needs to get a grip and grow up. This is far from how Chandler presents her story. The writing is honest, truthful and touching. How anyone can move past such a loss is something I hope to never understand but this is as close as it gets. I would highly recommend this to anyone who has lost a child. Reading the emotion and understanding that you are not alone in this situation is therapeutic and helpful in ways I can’t begin to provide words for. Bring tissues. I received an ARC through the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This in no way influenced my opinion.

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Falling in Place by Hattie Kaufman

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Author and four time Emmy Award-winning national senior news correspondent (Sunday Morning, 60 Minutes, CBS Evening News) Hattie Kauffman, has recently released the paperback version of her best-selling book, Falling into Place: A Memoir of Overcoming.

About Falling into Place:

From her humble beginnings to the bright lights of network television, Kauffman weaves a story both heartbreaking and redemptive in her new memoir, Falling into Place: A Memoir of Overcoming. Nationally recognized for her high-profile interviews and coverage of disasters and triumphs that affected millions, Kauffman candidly shares the experiences that made her into a perceptive and award-winning newswoman.

In this beautifully written memoir, you’ll get an inside look into the events that shaped this remarkable woman who thought she’d left the ghosts of childhood behind. But when her world came crashing down one autumn day, she was forced to face all she had been running from. What she learned about herself surprised her.

Says anchor of Inside Edition and New York Times bestselling author Deborah Norville, “Hattie Kauffman is determined, focused, and a gifted reporter and storyteller. Now I know where she gets it from. Hattie’s story of how she ‘made it’ is the quintessential American success story, only Hattie’s childhood was so impoverished she couldn’t afford the bootstraps to pull herself up with.”

About Hattie Kauffman:

Hattie Kauffman’s gripping memoir, Falling into Place, is being compared to the best seller The Glass Castle. Hattie unflinchingly examines a childhood that has readers glued to the book from first page to last. With three decades of network television experience, including decade-long stints in New York and Los Angeles, Hattie is the first Native American to file a report on a network news broadcast. She has reported on many of the major stories of the last quarter century and interviewed thousands of people. Now, she turns her reporter’s eye on her own life and the result is astonishing

After nearly 22 years with CBS News, Hattie left the network in 2012. While at the network, she reported for CBS This Morning, The Early Show, CBS Evening News with Katie Couric (and before that, with Dan Rather), 48 Hours, CBS Special Events, CBS Radio and more. Prior to joining CBS in 1990, Hattie was a special correspondent for ABC’s Good Morning America.

Kauffman is a member of the Nez Perce Tribe of Idaho and is also a speaker and writer.

My review: The writing style was easy to read and well edited. The flow is much like most memoirs; smoothly flowing back and forth in time before wrapping up with more current events. For many readers this will fill their hearts with hope when there seems to be none, but for others it will come across more like a religious testimonial. For those who might need it the most I doubt they would choose to pick up this book instead of the loaf of bread and peanut butter. I received an evaluation copy through the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This in no way influenced my opinion, which may not mirror your own. No compensation has been (or will be) accepted beyond the single evaluation copy of her book.