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.
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.