Sunday, May 5, 2013

Happy Beginnings: How I Became My Own Fairy Godmother Book Review

I have to admit that doing a book review is making me have flashbacks to school.  Trying to come up with the right words on if I liked the book or not and worried that I am going to be graded on it.

But, being an adult, the grading time has passed and I just let the words flow out now.

To start with, I love to read. I could easily go through a book that I was enjoying in a few days.  I'm mainly a fan of light-hearted writings, books on frugality and history.  Okay, unless it is a book that uses 15 letter words every other sentence, I give it a chance and will read it.  That doesn't mean that I finish every book that I start to read.  But, I do give the book and the author a chance to suck me into the story with them.

That (not finishing) wasn't the case here.  I received the opportunity to do a review of the book: "Happy Beginnings: How I Became My Own Fairy Godmother" by Lorena Bathey. 

Ms. Bathey really put me in the story with her.  Like I was one of those reliable "friends" that was there for a quick pick up, an ear to listen, or someone just to do some crazy and fun things with. Reading the story I found myself shaking my head as I am agreeing with what she is saying and what she is feeling.  Feeling let down when that phone call doesn't come in, or when someone, who you thought would be the right one, just turns into another one of life lessons that you must overcome before you are able to find yourself and do what is right for you.  Such as "becoming your own fairy godmother."

The way that Ms. Bathey writes really put a lot of things into perspective for me.  As I mentioned, it really touched home on some aspects.  Before I was married, I was in a lot of the same situations. I would, as well, get way to emotionally drawn in and then feel the world collapse around me when it fell apart.  I see now that some of these situations were learning experiences.  They were "Life Lessons," and they had to happen for me to get to the spot in my life that I am now.

We had quite a bit in common. Both of us losing a parent (our mothers) to cancer and the other parent remarrying. These are real life stories that she is able to find some humor in and keep on living, even through the sad parts.

As she puts it and what a lot of people believe is "everything happens for a reason." I'm a true believer in that.  I have always felt that. But she even brings it home further by saying that there even is a reason for "making those green traffic lights." Life Lessons. It is all about Life Lessons, and when you are able to learn from those lessons, you are able to become "your own fairy godmother.

Finally, I really enjoyed this book.  I do believe it is a must read for women and even men, as I believe it teaches us (or at least points us in the direction that we know we should be heading) on why we are where we are.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank Ms. Bathey for giving me the chance to do this book review.  

Disclaimer: I received absolutely no compensation for this book review.  However, I did receive a signed copy of the book so that I could do a proper review.  All words are my own and not influenced by any outside source. 

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.


Lorena Bathey said...

Thanks for the great review and wonderful thoughts. I'm glad you identified with my story..that's why I wrote this book.

Thanks for the support of my writing, it is greatly appreciated.

Lorena Bathey

My Journey With Candida said...

You do great at book reviews. I don't do them because there is no way I would be able to explain about a book without giving away the ending.