Monday, 18 June 2018

 

 "The Road Back to Hell"

A Memoir

Life can change in an instant, and no one understands this better than Diana Lynn. Lynn recalls a blissfully happy childhood with her mother and adopted father. She felt safe, supported, and loved. Then, after her sister was born, her parents’ marriage broke down, and there was no one left but Lynn to pick up the pieces. As their family grew bigger, it became increasingly dysfunctional. Lynn was forced to grow up quickly.

The brightest points of her new life were always her four younger sisters: Judy, Kim, Linda, and Lisa. Together, the five weathered the traumas of alcoholism, instability, violence, molestation, and attempted suicide. In her new memoir, The Road Back to Hell, Lynn honors these incredible women while also revealing the tragic consequences her parents’ violent and erratic behavior had on the lives of their children.

Lynn’s work celebrates the powerful bond of sisterhood and shows that there is hope in even the darkest and most difficult times. Lynn reminds readers that no one is beyond help—taking that first step away from a terrible situation can be the beginning of a rewarding walk toward peace and closure.

 

 

 

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5 Stars  'Can't put it down!'
By Kindle Customer on March 16, 2017

This is a riveting and very personal memoir of a life well lived considering all the obstacles that were thrown her way. Many of us grow up in June Cleaver type homes. I for one , did. But, others do not have that good fortune and Diana is one of them. She shares her personal struggles and loss with her audience in such a candid way that the reader cannot put it down. This book would especially be helpful to those who have come from dysfunction in their families or who are struggling at present. I highly recommend this read for anyone. Emotions are raw and I commend the author for her courage and literary talent . You will love this book...


5 Stars  'The book is great and definitely a page turner!'
By Kathleen Crooks on February 12, 2017

This book is a very compelling moving memoir. Diana presented her life in such a way that made me not want to lay the book down until the end. I have read the book twice now, and each time can sense the inner strength of the author. The book is a great read and definitely a page turner.

5 Stars  'Didn't want to put this book down!'
By B. T. Painter on September 5, 2017

Diana Lynn does a fabulous job of making you feel as though you are right there in the scene so that you feel like you are experiencing everything that happens. It was very difficult to put the book down. Diana shows that one can rise above the fray and make a good life for them self.

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Thursday, 01 March 2018 16:51

A Glimpse of Sunshine on a Cloudy Day

Last week, as I sat in the living room of an elderly friend listening to some stories about her life, I became excited when I thought I saw a ray of sunshine coming through the window behind her. It took a moment to realize it was an optical illusion. When I looked out at the cloudy covered skies on this cold February day, I realized that the 'sun's rays' were actually emanating from the sparkle in Betty's eyes and the glow on her face as she talked about her childhood. Betty's parents had thirteen children and she fell right in the middle. I was amazed how much she could remember about things that had taken place over ninety-years ago. After the long, cold winter we have been experiencing, Betty's enthusiasm for life brightened my day!

I met Betty five- years ago when my son Nathan and his family moved into the house next door. She was a pleasant little gray-haired woman who brought them a plate of freshly baked, orange cookies to welcome them into the neighborhood. During our conversation, I learned that Betty was considered legally blind, however that certainly did not stop her from coming over to greet her new neighbors, or walking 2 miles every day up and down the streets of Brookville.  It certainly didn't hamper her baking abilities because she continued to bake and deliver those delicious cookies nearly every week. At that time, she was 92!

As a writer, I have been intrigued by Betty's ability to recall so much about her life, and often thought I should be recording these stories for her family. When I finally approached her about the idea, she modestly said, "But who wants to know about my life? It's really been pretty simple." After pointing out some of the interesting tales, she had shared, she finally agreed. It has taken a while to make this happen, but we are both now eager and ready to begin recording the highlights of Betty's life. In April, Betty will be celebrating her 97th birthday. We will not have it completed by then, but hopefully, we will finish it by mid-summer and be able to present her family with a gift they can treasure forever.  

This weekend, I'm heading to Jamestown to spend a day or two with Sue Sharp―one of my dearest friends and my former sister-in-law. Sue and I have shared many memories over the years. We have laughed, we have cried, we have danced, we have sung and we have talked into the night sharing our deepest thoughts and secrets. I sat with for her for nine hours while my brother-in-law, Tom, lay on an operating table as neurosurgeons repaired the ruptured aneurysm in his brain. The next year, I rushed to her side to offer her my love and support as she buried her youngest child. I'll never forget the day she called to tell me her son-in-law had committed suicide. Through all of these tragedies, Sue has been the strongest woman I know. I love and admire her, and feel honored to be her friend. For every tear we've shed together, we've shared twice as many laughs, and I am very grateful for that.

Now is the time to do something I have wanted to do for a quite a while ― write Sue's story. This weekend will be the beginning of many hours and days spent talking and recording her life's memories.

I have been at a loss since I finished promoting my book at the end of 2016. I've contemplated doing several different things to fill that void but nothing really appealed to me. Now it seems, I do not have to find my mission, my mission has found me!

 

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