Monday, August 22, 2011

**4 Star REVIEW~~THE LONG JOURNEY HOME** Margaret Robinson

A Memoir~~Margaret robinson

The Mother of Bestselling Authors Augusten Burroughs(Running with Scissors) and John Robinson(Look Me in the Eye) finally tells her own heartbreaking story, recalling her Southern Gothic childhood, tormented marriage, motherhood, mental breakdown, and journey back to sanity and contentment.

~~Amazon Vine Review~~
Geraldine Ahearn"Author GeriAhearn"


It was an era when the subject of madness within a family unit was silenced and hidden under the carpet. An era when the trauma and ill effects of mental illness were misunderstood. During this era, one woman was forced to battle abuse, alcoholism and the responsibility of raising two children, while fighting for survival from a psychotic breakdown. In desperation, Margaret Robinson searches for answers as she faces one challenge after another. During her struggle to regain her sanity, after confronting psychological chaos, her soul begins to heal as her faith turned into writing. This riveting memoir is highly recommended to all those who seek strength and inspiration from a story that's written with honesty as it tugs at the heart.

Thursday, August 4, 2011



  There was a time when a young boy remembers the closeness of his family, how much he loved both parents, and the joys of childhood. Then one day, his parents were divorced, his teen years were more than complicated and his entire world began to shatter, like broken glass. At the age of seventeen, Jesse began to live in a world of his own. As an only child, who was faced with separation, betrayal, anguish and one brave teenager who fell to the ground in a desperate search for answers on how to survive. What drew Jesse further apart from his mom, and was his dad the hero that he made him out to be? What ran through Jesse's mind, while watching the twin towers in flames, what fears and guilt terrified him? What did his mom write in the note, and what message was left on the answering machine? I highly recommend this book to young adults, parents, and teachers. Sara Dean penned an incredible story that relates to today's society, family unity, divorce, and loss of a loved one. The author takes the reader on an emotional roller-coaster ride from beginning to end, the characters come to life, and the story will tug at your heart, page-after-page. What secret did Shandy share with Jesse, and was she telling the truth? What did Jesse do to Nicky in an outrage, and why? Why did Jesse want to enlist in the Army, and did Nicky follow his footsteps? Does Jesse bond with his grandmother, and does he get his life back? "FORGIVING JESSE" is as heartfelt as PAY IT FORWARD, as entertaining as A WALK TO REMEMBER and as emotional as STEPMOM, with Julia Roberts, and Susan Sarandan.