The winner of Unstoppable in Stilettos was #6, Baby Favorite.
I always remind people to think positively. I truly believe it not only affects certain outcomes in life but also how we see things.
I get quite a few offers to review books; often I read the emails on my phone and respond with a quick “yes” or “no thanks.” Sometimes I don’t go back to read the details until I’m posting. I did not realize that the actual author was the person asking if I’d like a copy of the book—I feel a little foolish that detail slipped by me.
This memoir was a compelling read and I have the utmost respect for Lynda Fishman. She is a woman worthy of admiration. She suffered a terrible tragedy when her mother and sisters were killed in a plane crash when she was 13 years old. This tragedy is compounded when her father never recovers from the loss and marries a woman who personifies the evil stepmother stereotype.
Lynda uses whatever tools she can find, including her own considerable grit, to fashion the life she wants. To choose hope over despair. To survive and to thrive. She becomes a woman, a wife, a mother and a social worker who lives her life in a way that honors and celebrates the beginning her mother gave her.
When a book is the true recounting of someone’s tragedy it is hard for me to know how to describe my feelings about it. To say I “enjoyed” it or “liked” it or was “captivated” by it seems to me to be tone deaf in that the book would not have been written had something terrible not happened—something the author would give anything to not have had happened.
What I can say is I am very grateful to have read it—and I am inspired by Lynda’s resilience.
One specific thing I can say that really added to the book were the details the author included about the way Air Canada handled the aftermath of the crash; we all know that what happens behind the headlines is different than what we are told—in this case, it is very different and that information is both interesting and shocking.
I am happy to be able to pass my copy on to one of you—leave a comment telling me about someone in your life (maybe even you) that has shown you an example of resilience and I will pick a winner next week.
Thanks to Lynda Fishman for the chance to review and giveaway this book. You can visit her website at RepairingRainbows.com.