Published by Black Rose WritersDate Published: 15 July, 2021
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On her sixtieth birthday, Barbara spit into a vial, hoping a genetic search engine might lead to finding her fathers’ other children. Perhaps they could shed light on her fathers’ identity and her parents short-lived marriage.
She’d met her father just four times before he was brutally murdered in Miami Beach, ending any chance of knowing him in the future. Raised in poverty in the Bronx by her beautiful and brilliant mother, she accepted the narrative of her fathers’ deceit and abandonment.
In mid-life, she is confronted with a painful truth about her mother. The seeds of doubt and search for truth began in earnest. She was determined to make truth the legacy of their lives. In the absence of facts, she discovers the importance of forgiveness and understanding as a vehicle for healing.
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I haven’t been big on reading a lot of memoirs in the past, but this year, blogging for Suzy, I’ve changed that. I’ve been reading more and more memoirs and let me tell you. Each one gets better with each one I read. Case in point, this memoir. It was emotional, moving, and definitely worthy of 4 stars.
Barbara Santarelli tells her life’s story in a way that will draw the reader right to the center of her life. Being raised by a single mom and not getting to see her dad, really was emotional for me. I was divorced and was a single mom, so some of the events and Santarelli’s story hit home for me. I love getting to connect with a memoir like that.
This is definitely worth reading. You’ll follow the author on a page turning trip to find out answers, uncover truths, and find out the why’s behind being raised by her mother alone. Santarelli has a wonderful talent for writing and she is one I will read again!