After 3 renewals (at three weeks each), plus the original time I had it (also three weeks), plus the five day grace period, I finally found time to finish this book!!
It was good. ;)
I won't just leave it at that, though.
This is one young woman's story of survival. She lost her mother when she was eight to a fire, was abused by her grandmother for two years, separated from her brothers when her own adoptive father abandoned them at an orphanage on Christmas Eve, and faced further abuse from foster parents. My favorite part about this person is how she not only survived, but triumphantly so. She found God and chose to never give up though there were many who constantly told her she wasn't good enough and never would be. She lived most of her life in an orphanage, overcame her cleft palate and speech issues on her own, was never told about how a woman's body changes during puberty and faced those challenges alone, and dealt with her inner turmoil without the aid of others. She more than succeeded in school, earned her Master's degree and went on to become a nun as a way of saying "Thank you" to her Maker for always helping her through life. Included in this heart-rending book are letters to her mother asking questions she never got answered, begging for the nurturing and love she so craved, wondering how she could've died and left her alone.
I think it would be awesome to meet this woman. She's amazing.
I've been told by three different people that now I have to read "A Child Called It", as it's a similar story. I love reading real stories from real people. The book I'm currently reading (see right) is another one. :)