My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Review by: multitaskingmomma
My Rating: 5 of 5 Stars
Someone asked me what books I've read that stuck in my heart and mind and my brain went on an endless loop of classics and pop-culture books that I listed in my FB page. There is one genre I rarely touch but do read and that involves stories of survival. Take note I don't even watch survival movies except that one about the 10 dogs left in the Arctic and I cried a bucket for days-sorry, I get emotional. Then I see Broken by My Past Healed by My Future by Ann Mickan.
First off, I had a hard time reading this because it is a difficult story to read, and I think, the author had a difficult time writing this. It is a story of a little girl who never felt loved by her parents and when she left, she thought she'd turned her back on her past. Unfortunately, tragedy struck and she was the only kin left to have to deal with the last minute things involved in settling estates. It's hard enough for those whose families loved them, imagine an unloved girl who never expected much from her parents and be the one to settle their affairs. I don't even know where to begin thinking how ironic that twist of fate was. But Lyndall, she survived and moved on.
Her life truly begins as an adult, after her parents' deaths and her moving to a strange place and working in a hotel. She loves her new life, she has this fantastic group of friends who love her. What more could she ask?
Then she meets Robert and falls head over heels, and she got duped. The first love of her life and he betrays her. It was such a nasty shock, although I was thinking how stupid could she be having fallen for someone who she really doesn't know anything about but then think twice and ask myself, how could she not fall in love with a guy like this?
I mean really, with all the romance books we read, have we ever gotten to stop and think how the romantic tropes affect our own lives? For real? Well, for Lyndall, the romance swept her off her feet and she fell not only disgracefully, but on her head. She got hurt not only physically, but mentally, emotionally, psychically. It was bad. Really bad. Her friends (how I love them) came forward and helped her out but there was only so much they could do. Then another stranger steps in, someone she never would have considered to be the faithful kind, much less expect to enter her life when in such a sorry condition.
This is a story of survival and it hurt reading it because it felt real. To be honest, I could not relate with Lyndall because I am her polar opposite, in fact, if there is a further pole than the opposite, I would be there. I do, however, recognize her cries for help, her needs, her wants, she came out beautiful. Too real, too devastated, but beautiful.
The end, when it came, was expected and yet not, but it made me smile. There was a sense of hope, of healing and the love that came out of the mess her life was, it bloomed at that end. I can see it blooming still.
Love this book and no, it will never leave this head of mind.
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