Thursday, August 18, 2011

Goodreads: At thirteen years old, Lynda's life comes to a disastrous halt when her mother and two younger sisters are killed in a plane crash. Her father, overcome with despair, simply continues to exist, in a state devoid of hope. After burying a wife and two young children at the age of 44, the overwhelming responsibility of raising a daughter along completely immbolizes him.

Teetering on that tender brink between childhood and adolescence, Lynda faces the responsibility of a father in a complete state of shock, a house to take care of and hundreds of decisions about how to proceed with their shattered lives.

Kritters Thoughts:  A heartbreaking story that from the beginning pulls you in to want to hear from the beginning the full tragedy, which allows you to completely enjoy the extreme hope.  I was swept in because she had the ability to easily switch from telling the current events to jumping into the past to share a tidbit which provided depth and back story that was both enjoyable and informative.

Fortunately, I have not experienced such a tragedy, so to hear a story where she can end peacefully with a family and fulfillment, it made me completely emotional.  I recently lost my grandmother, so to read this story of loss (extreme loss) I found it interesting to see each "character's" reaction to the experience.  I had a heart for this girl who was still trying to grow up, but was left without a stable adult to lead and guide her through both her adolescence and her grief.

This book is not for the faint of heart, it is a definite ride through the lowest of lows and the highest of highs.  As someone who is reading memoirs more frequently, I would put this at the top of your list to read and enjoy.

Rating:  definitely a good read, but can't read two in a row

Pages: 277

This book was provided for review by Tribute Books.

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one copy of this book free of charge from the author in conjunction with Tribute Book tours.  I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for receipt of the book; rather, the opinions expressed in this review are my own.


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