The announcer on the radio just said, “Good afternoon” that means I have not even brushed my teeth and 1/2 the day is gone. the reason 1/2 the day is gone is the same reason I had to pull myself away from the house yesterday to take the puppy to the dog park because I had ignored her for most of the day. What the hell was I doing that was so important?
For the first time in I don’t know how many years; at least a dozen or more, I was reading a “book” I couldn’t put down. I like to read, but avoid it because if I get a really good book nothing else gets done until I am done reading it, and if it isn’t good, well then I don’t bother reading it. When my kid was young if Mom was into a good book forget about anything more than fish sticks and fries for dinner until she was finished.
I was sent a book to read a long time ago and have had a million and one things get in the way of me reading it and to be honest I forgot about it sometimes and didn’t think it was going to be spell binding, (Sorry Amanda) and I was going to have to force myself to finish in order to be polite.
I am so sorry I didn’t read it sooner and left Amanda waiting after she was kind enough to send me a copy. I don’t promote anything on my blog, never have that is until now, I am so impressed with this book “Toxic No More” by Amanda Smith that I am actually speechless digesting right now. Amanda writes of her life in such a way that I felt we were having a tea together by the lake, sharing a laugh, tears and hugs. At times she made me smile, knowingly, other times I cried for her pain, sometimes I cried for my pain, I felt protective of her and wanted to reach into the book and slap sense into her at other times but most of all I wanted to hug her and thank her for her honesty.
It’s a book that might be a trigger for some people but I can’t see it as being anything but healing. Amanda shares the most intimate details of her struggles to be loved and accepted with courageous honesty. Thank you Amanda for sending me the book, I feel privileged to have read it and will undoubtedly read it again and recommend it to others.
Bless you. Much love to you, you are a special lady.
“Classy, clever, unmatchable” Paul Abbott – creator/writer Shameless, State of Play, Clocking Off
How can you have a decent middle and end after a toxic beginning?
Amanda Smith’s raw, witty memoir reveals how after growing up in a hate-filled household with adoptive parents, she thought she’d found domestic bliss with the love of her life. Er..nope. Instead she fell, reckless, hopeless and powerless into..a psychiatric unit, alcoholism and a second failed marriage, finally succumbing to a relationship with a psychopath who encouraged her to commit suicide. At rock-bottom she realised her five children really needed their mother alive – and ‘present’. She lives to tell the tale.