EVERY AUTHOR LIVES for the early reviews of a new book, holding their breath
while hoping that the book they've labored on for so long will hit the
mark with its readers. Early reviews on Amazon
suggest that I'm on solid ground here.
One of the sweetest notes came from my cousin Sonnie, whose mother was Daddy’s sister Lil, who is mentioned often in the book.
After reading the book, she called, and there was so much excitement in her
voice that I
couldn't believe this was my usually quiet and soft-spoken cousin. Later she wrote:
"At this stage in our life, where could we get a better
understanding of our parents' era and all the things they went through! The open sharing of all three
of you girls of your family history was such a blessing to me, and I know
someday they may even make it a movie. I am going to think big because I have a
big God who knows what He has planned for you!"
That gave me a chuckle, because there is no "they" to turn my book into a
movie. However, by publishing this book, I've automatically positioned myself
for new and exciting things I'll be doing this year, including the presentation
of a series of faith-based workshops on life writing and how to write and
publish a memoir on Amazon. I believe this work will lead me to the writing of
another book for writers that I've been thinking about for many years.
Copyright © 2018 by Barbara Brabec. All Rights Reserved.
EXCERPTS from Early 5-Star Amazon Reviews for
Marcella's Secret Dreams and Stories
"A poignant walk down memory lane! I found the back-and-forth aspects of this
book fascinating as Barbara interjected her own thoughts and experiences with
her mother's written words. It was also thoroughly enjoyable to read about the
three daughters' different personalities and reactions to all the life
experiences recounted in this book." - Joan L. Green,
"More than a family treasure . . . The amount of work, effort and love it took
to tell this story is certainly apparent. It is compelling as you read excerpts
from letters, recollections, and personal reflections brought together with
Barbara's refreshing style of storytelling. After reading you may find yourself
saying as I did, ‘I wish I had known Marcella.' " - Linda Ann Lewis, author of
"A glimpse into yesterday--a remarkable treasure! Barbara has done a beautiful
job of putting this collection together. In interjecting her comments along with
her mother's thoughts, this is really a story within a story. Her descriptions
shine with such realism, humor, heart-break and clarity that she conveys a
picture with words. Indeed, the reader is transported back in time. In that day,
letters were the life-line that held far-flung families together. Without this
correspondence, and Barbra's foresight, Marcella's legacy would have been lost -
and that would have been tragic." - Daisy Trimnell
"Barbara Brabec knows how to tell a good story . . . Recorded memories are
always fascinating, but few of us could entwine them so well with corroborating
letters saved from several family members over many years. Covering decades,
they present a poignant history of the lives of several generations, reminding
the reader of stories from their own families and spurring us to record our own
life story for posterity." - Elizabeth Simmons
"While reading the book, I compared her mother's life to my mother's, who was
born in Cambridge, MA in 1911. Each page was interesting and made me realize
that, like Barbara Brabec's mother, I need to make life changes now, before time
catches up too fast." - Cathy Michaud
COMPLETE REVIEWS ON AMAZON.
Postscript: Something that's giving me special pleasure
now is the fact that the book I've just published
has become a blessing to my mother's relatives in Ohio, only one of whom I met as a
child. In the story linked to below, there's a special message for YOU if you're
wondering if it really matters whether or not you write the story of YOUR life for your immediate—and also extended—family.
Comments from Marcella's Relatives
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