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Title : Beauty in the Broken Places: A Memoir of Love, Faith, and Resilience
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ISBN : 9780399591679
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 372 Pages
Status : Available For Download
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Beauty in the Broken Places: A Memoir of Love, Faith, and Resilience Reviews

  • Allison
    2019-04-16 16:28

    I look forward to sharing this book with you all. Thank you so much for reading.

  • Mandie
    2019-04-22 17:16

    So many feelings for this amazing memoir! Allison wrote daily letters to her husband Dave after he suffered a rare and life-threatening stroke! Sharing her journey of trials and tribulations! And how she fell in love with her husband all over again! This book moved me in such a way that there are no worlds to describe! I shed some major tears! I would absolutely recommend this book, to anyone and everyone!I voluntarily read and reviewed an advance copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own!

  • Camille Maio
    2019-03-25 16:29

    Five stars to author Allison Pataki for opening up a window into the life of her family after a devastating and unexpected stroke befell her young husband. I know from experience that things we think we might have to face when we're older come as a great surprise when they happen many decades earlier. I was moved by her faith and the strength of her family, but also her honesty about the times she felt like giving up. A sure winner, Pataki's book will resonate with anyone who has struggled - that is, anyone who is human.I received a copy of this book from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.

  • Kristen Cook - A Book Ninja
    2019-04-22 16:15

    What a beautiful story with so many wonderful bits of wisdom. While I was reading this book, I felt like I was sitting down with a friend talking. Pataki does a splendid job of laying out the story of Dave and her courtship and early years in marriage mixed with the heartbreaking yet beautiful story of Dave's recovery. Pataki does an amazing job balancing out the story of Dave's recovery. It would have been so easy for her as the wife and author to not look at his side of the story and only focus on her feelings in the midst of this trial.I appreciate her inclusion of faith and her dependance on God during this time. Pataki's blunt statements on faith are so spot on that I wanted to weep in agreement. For someone that experience a traumatic unexpected loss of her dad the tender age of 25, I could not agree more. I had to decide that my faith had to mean the same when life was good and when life was hard and bitter. Pataki makes the statement throughout the book: "May we always remember". Just one of the many nuggets of wisdom in the book. I received an advance copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

  • Kait
    2019-04-21 21:33

    I was given an advanced copy of this book through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.It's scary to think that every single person on this planet could suffer a traumatic brain injury that will irreparably alter their plans for the future. Most of us get lucky and never have to face this conundrum, but Allison and her husband Dave are not so fortunate. Dave suffers a terrible stroke deep in his brain and must re-learn how to be a person again and at the same time, Allison gives birth to their first child while raising her husband from his own infancy.Pataki writes with so much emotion--I could feel her agonies, her frustrations, her joys. This book was an incredible work. Even though I am not religious, I honestly sat back and thought about Pataki's deep faith in God and what I would do in such a situation. I realized that I would pray to every deity out there. No sense in not stacking the deck in our favor. I love a book that makes me re-evaluate my own beliefs and goals in life. Pataki's Beauty in Broken Places did just that. Fantastic!

  • Kayo
    2019-04-25 19:13

    Fabulous book on a family dealing with a stroke. Heartbreaking to read, but very powerful. Thanks to author, publisher and NetGalley for the chance to read this book. While I got the book for free it had no bearing on the rating I gave it.

  • Rebecca
    2019-04-04 16:35

    Thank you to the author, the publisher, and NetGalley for a copy of this book! All opinions are my own.

  • Marya Myers
    2019-04-11 19:20

    A beautiful look at the power of a relationship during a trying time. It reminds us all to believe in the strength of the human spirit. Thank you for sharing your story!

  • Doreen Prentiss Gabriellini
    2019-03-27 22:31

    Beauty in the Broken Places A Memoir of Love, Faith, and Resilience by Allison Patakiis a beautifully written piece of literature. While this is the first novel by Ms. Pataki that I have read, I can assure you it won’t be my last. Ms. Pataki has a wonderful command of the English Language and her words are thoughtful, remarkable and heartfelt. Having lived in New York State, I was familiar with the Governor and his family. I had heard that his daughter had written a few novels but I never got around to reading them. Off the cuff one might think: “Oh this is the Governor’s daughter” and assume she had a leg up on the rest of the writers who were trying to be published. Let me assure you now that line of thinking is wrong. Ms. Pataki was an English Major in college. She was not published because she was some politicians daughter. She was published because she is an extraordinary writer.While I do not give spoilers, I will say that this memoir had to be heartbreaking to write. To recount the worst time in your life is not an easy thing to do. To be pregnant with your first child while you are going through the worst time in your life is not an easy thing to do. To wonder whether you will be a widow and single parent during the worst time in your life is horrendous. Ms. Pataki shares with her readers, the depth of family love not only in her immediate family but to her wider family and friends. I will say having understood that depth of love is amazing. Ms. Pataki makes you understand what her family means to her in the good and horrific times. The book is about Faith. Her faithfulness that her belief in God would see her and her loved ones through their darkest days. Naturally faith is never constant and Ms. Pataki shows her faith waivering when things get bad. She shares her immense effort to hold on to her present, left go of her past and look forward to an uncertain future. The future she had not written for herself. Resilience is a reoccuring theme throughout the book. From her husband’s, to hers, to her family’s the resilience is remarkable. As I neared the end of the book I was wondering if she would tell us how her family is now. Ms. Pataki gave us a glorious resolve to the ending. I wasn’t expecting it but I am grateful for how it summed up the memoir. This is a must read for anyone who has taken care of a loved one. It is also a must read for those whose path was not what they had written. This book affirms that you are not alone in this journey and your journey will change course. The book is joyful and sad, terrifying and ecstatic, boundless and loving. I would like to thank NetGalley, Ms. Pataki and Random House Publishing Group - Random House for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  • Curtis A
    2019-04-19 22:16

    This heart-wrenching true story reads almost like a fiction novel and I mean that in a good way. Allison is a fiction writer but transitions so beautifully to this personal and tragic story of hers. I was pulled into her story of life, love, loss, suffering, courage, and meaning. Allison has everything going for her, recently married to her husband Dave who's about to finish his residency as an orthopedic surgeon, they have their first baby on the way, and Allison's career is really taking off as a successful writer. But in an instant, they lose almost everything and their life takes a turn for the worst as Dave suffers from a sudden and rare stroke in flight to their babymoon. Dave survives but the recovery is long and difficult for them both. Now dealing with the sudden tragedy, Allison turns to the thing she knows best to help her through, writing. Allison's gift with this book is reminding us how fragile and precious life really is and that even in the greatest of tragedies we can persevere. “When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves.” ― Viktor E. Frankl

  • Marika
    2019-04-01 16:27

    Stunning memoir about Allison Pataki's husband suffering a major stroke as they were on a babymoon vacation. Delicately written, but the author holds nothing back as she recounts the struggle to regain what was once lost. For readers who loved "When Breath Becomes Air" by Paul Kalanithi.I read an advance copy and was not compensated.

  • Tfalcone
    2019-04-24 15:09

    Thank you Net Galley for the ARC. When the worst thing you can imagine happens, you better have the strength and resilience to make it through. Alison was pregnant when her husband was felled by a ischemic stroke out of the blue. He recovered, but the recovery was long and difficult. Alison survived the ordeal with the help of her family and faith.

  • Beatrice Copeland
    2019-04-03 23:35

    A touching reminder that love is unconditional and life changing!

  • Kary H.
    2019-04-15 15:23

    ARC courtesy of NetGalley. Beauty in the Broken Places tells the story of Allison Pataki and her husband, Dave Levy, as they navigate the shocking place they find themselves in after Dave suffers a life-threatening stroke. This is a powerful, moving, and personal memoir, yet it was filled with the universal truths of love, faith and perseverance. Pataki is not afraid to be honest, to write with raw emotion. Fortunately, not many of us will find ourselves in the position that Pataki or her husband were in, but all of us will benefit from reading this work and heeding the message to be grateful for each day that we are given.

  • Cynthia
    2019-04-23 22:34

    I love reading memoirs that deal with traumatic brain injury. Not sure why that is, but this one was another winner for me. Almost as good as Brain on Fire and Where Is the Mango Princess.

  • Aggie
    2019-03-27 19:33

    This was a beautiful novel. I recommend it. She was very good at writing.

  • Kayo
    2019-03-31 23:28

    Fabulous book on a family dealing with a brain injury. Heartbreaking but powerful. Thanks to author, publisher and NetGalley for the chance to read this book. While I got the book for free, it had no bearing on the rating I gave it

  • Rhonda Lomazow
    2019-04-03 16:36

    A beautiful look at love through the heartache of sudden illness.A young couple off on their baby moon&suddenly on the plane this healthy young man a medical dr suffers a stroke a story that will have you turning the pages of this amazing memoir.Thanks # Netgalley& #randomhouse for advance readers copy.

  • Rhonda Lomazow
    2019-04-12 17:15

    A young couple Allison & Dave off on their baby moon both with busy careers she as an author he a resident a medical Dr.As they sit on the plane he looks at her& says I can’t see from my eye with those words their lives start to crumbl an emergency landing an ambulance race to a hospital and the horrifying words this young healthy man has suffered a stroke.Allison draws us in and open honestly at moments raw emotion share with us this nightmare of Dave’s road to recovery.A memoir a couple you will never forget.

  • Joy Love Pickett
    2019-04-07 22:31

    Wonderful read! Moved by the raw feelings & the eloquent way it is written! A must read! Highly recommend!