Songs of Willow Frost****

By Jamie Ford

This was an interesting read. It is incredibly sad but does touch on an important topic–the discrimination against minorities and women’s rights. Reading this book Screen Shot 2018-02-02 at 10.58.44 AMwill show you how far our society has come, but some similarities with today’s standards remind us that we have far to go.

The book starts out in an orphanage and then through several flashbacks shows the events that lead to the child being placed there. The story is about the injustice and tragedy in the mother’s (Willow’s) life. It is an eye-opening account of the harsh realities that ‘polite society’ places on women–but not on the men that are equally (or more) to blame.
You will want to reach into the pages of this book to make things right again. The author does try to make a happy ending, but it is clear that these characters will continue to suffer after the last page of the book is read.
My fours star rating is due to some facts that the reader already knows being repeated unnecessarily.

Running in Heels: a Memoir of Grit and Grace

I received this book in exchange for an honest review.

Running in Heels: a Memoir of Grit and Grace by Mary A. Pérez.
Gut wrenching! Mary Pérez has written a book that I found difficult to put down. Each page is filled with yet another thing that would be the end of most of us, but she continues to persevere. This memoir shows what many children of alcoholic parents must endure while they figure out what is normal for most children.

The book is written in a style that just tells the story like it happened. There is no fluff or attempt to make it more interesting, just raw, painful, events, one after another, like they happened in life. perhaps the book could have been made more “novel like” for our reading pleasure, but I don’t think there is any way to sugar coat a life like Mary endured.

This is a great book for book clubs to discuss, much could be learned about how children are affected by their parent’s behavior. Perhaps it would be a good read for AA members, it is a sobering reminder!

Rise

In her memoir, Rise: How a House Built a Family, Cara Brookins will make you wonder why you ever thought that little home improvement project you had seemed so hard.

Cara Brookins and her four kids set out to build an entire house in nine months. Yes, with their own hands. This was no little shack mind you, it’s a big beautiful home made of brick.

This is the story of a woman, who under incredible duress, from not one, but two mentally deranged husbands managed to rise above all odds. She weaves her story by alternating stories of her abusive marriages and her adventures in building a house.

This is an inspirational read if nothing else, but I think you will be entertained with Cara’s well-written book, Rise.