I’ve read books that have left me bawling – others I’ve laughed so hard that I was rolling on the floor. Others where I didn’t like the characters at all, but thought the story was brilliant. In this *impossible-story-to-forget*, I felt INTENSE ANGER towards a character more than I can ever remember experiencing.
I can’t say enough high praise for author Helen Klein Ross in the way she wrote this book. (the roller coaster emotions & thoughts she pulled out of us readers).
If there was a voting award category for BEST BOOK CLUB pick for readers to vote, “What Was Mine” would make not only make the list … but could win the grand award.
There are many things I’d like to share in this review – yet almost anything I do, becomes a spoiler. So….. instead of a normal ‘review’… ( 5 stars from me)…I’ll share one detail: A Baby is Kidnapped and raised by the single woman who took her for 20 years. (but you may have already read that). Oh well! 🙂
As for the rest of this review, I will share directly to a few of the characters.
LUCY: Here is what I have to say to you > what you did from the moment you kidnapped a baby was WRONG… wrong … wrong … ( we all know that)….
However, I didn’t ‘directly FEEL “intense anger” towards you until one morning when you went for a swim when in China. I HATED you when you said “the water made you feel calmer”. I was pissed at you for feeling annoyed that you had to share the public pool with another swimmer. I wanted to kill you in that moment. Oh, I was soooo MAD at you!!!!! And yes…. ( at times), I even felt compassion towards you too. WE CAN THANK Our VERY TALENTED AUTHOR!!!
CHERYL: We need to have a conversation – sister!!! You said something that I will continue to think about long after having read this book. YOU KNOW WHAT YOU SAID… ( we can debate pros and cons later)… let’s not give anything away to our readers, though. ( they can read this themselves). Other readers might debate with later too.
MIA: I’m soooooo sorry sweetheart!!!!
TOM: Do you realize you were somewhat of a turd?? If you have doubts..I’m happy to set you straight!
MARILYN: What can I possibly say? OH MY GOD, my heart broke for you!!!
I was also very moved and inspired of the difference Yoga, meditation and a vegan diet added to your life. Your years of getting support – practicing forgiveness -was realistic and incredible. You became my hero. Thank you..I’m sincerely moved.
MOTHERS … [MOTHER TO MOTHER], CUT IT OUT!!!! Stop comparing who is a better mother by who cooks more – who is a stay at home mother – or a working mother. STOP THE MOTHER WARS! (daughters might take a lesson too).
“What Was Mine”, was more addicting than M&M’s!!!!