Friday, October 14, 2016

All the Pretty Things By Edie Wadsworth Review


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“The night the trailer burned down, I think Daddy was the one who set it on fire. . . . “

For a long time, Edie thought she had escaped. It started in an Appalachian trailer park, where a young girl dreamed of becoming a doctor. But every day, Edie woke up to her reality: a poverty-stricken world where getting out seemed impossible. Where, at twelve years old, she taught herself to drive a truck so she could get her drunk daddy home from the bar. Where the grownups ate while the children went hungry. Where, when the family trailer burned down, she couldn’t be caught squawlin’ over losing her things—she just had to be grateful anyone had remembered to save her at all.

And at the center of it all, there was her daddy. She never knew when he would show up; she learned the hard way that she couldn’t count on him to protect her. But it didn’t matter: All she wanted was to make him proud. Against all odds, Edie “made doctor,” achieving everything that had once seemed beyond her reach. But her past caught up with her—and it would take her whole life burning down once again for Edie to be finally able to face the truth about herself, her family, and her relationship with God. Readers of The Glass Castle will treasure this refreshing and raw redemption story, a memoir for anyone who has ever hungered for home, forgiveness, and the safe embrace of a father’s love.
Edie Wadsworth
Edie Wadsworth is a national speaker, writer, and faith blogger at life{in}grace. She has been featured in various media including Better Homes and Gardens. Edie is a physician and natural health enthusiast who left her medical practice in 2008 to raise her family and pursue her love of writing. She encourages and inspires women to live with more passion and purpose so that they can impact families and communities with their unique gifts.

 After overcoming her difficult upbringing to become a successful medical doctor, Edie left her practice to raise her family and pursue her love for writing. Her passion is to love her people well and to see women embrace the full measure of their life's passion and purpose. She blogs at lifeingraceblog.com on a variety of topics centered on home—including vocation, hospitality, faith, parenting, cooking, and life in the South. In 2012, she traveled to Nicaragua as a Compassion International blogger to advocate for children in need.

When she's not writing or teaching natural health classes, she enjoys cooking (with butter!), running, reading, banjo music, and the beautiful scenery of southern Appalachia, where she makes her home with her husband, Steve, and their awesome kids.

I recevied a complimentary copy.

Cassandra's Review Q&A-

- What did you like about the book and why? That is it real in a way that connects with some people while filling the heart of others.

- What did you not like about the book and why?  It has a lot of ups and down, but mostly downs and can get a bit sad.

- What did you learn?  The author had brute mental and physical strength and power, she also lists people up with God as a base.

- To whom would you recommend this book and why?  Older teens and adults, because little ones really should not have that kind of drama delivered at their age.

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