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One Hundred Daffodils - A Short Book Review - no spoilers

 I had the opportunity to last week to chat with an author about the book she had written. The conversation will be released on the podcast Monday, but before that, I thought I would share some of my thoughts on the book with you because I found it a compelling novel of life lessons. The book is broken up into smaller sections, so it was easy to digest and read over a long period of time rather than chapter books.

As most of you know, I love to read and have created a book club on Facebook where we can read books that helps us grow, transform, and become the best version of ourselves. When this book crossed my path, it fit that aspect of my life, even though the author was unknown, I thought I would give it a shot. I'm glad that I did. This book gripped me from the prologue.

The book starts with the author (whose name is Rebecca Winn) sitting in her garden looking at a spiderweb. As she gets closer to the spider web, it disappears out of sight. Something about this hit me in the gut. It was a metaphor for life that spoke to me. Sometimes the closer we get to our hopes and dreams, the less clearly we can see them. The closer we get to people, the less clearly we can see them. Perspective is everything!

Rebecca wrote this book about her journey of finding beauty, grace, and meaning when things fall apart because her life fell apart. She had no idea how to process it or even grasp what was happening to her. This book is her journey of figuring it all out. She does a great job of being honest with how hard some things where. For example (without spoiling the book), she talks very openly about how, in the beginning, she wanted to shut herself inside her home. How she thought that to sort this out, she needed to shut out the outside world.

Rebecca uses the book to explain how each stage of healing happened for her, but she also gives us some of the steps she used to get there. The book is very relatable with stories throughout that are filled with humility, humour, and forgiveness for herself and the people in her life. I don't want to spoil the book for those of you who want to read it, but I will tell you there are stories throughout this book that will impact you on a deep level. One of those stories for me is about her grandmother's death and what it was like to relive her relationship with her grandmother after her death, as a way of healing.

We've all lost people who we loved but may not have had healthy emotional relationships with them. It can be a hard wound to heal that is compounded with guilt for our feelings because they have died. Rebecca tackles how she did this and tells a story that felt like it was out of my own life experience.

This is the first book Rebecca has written, but I hope it isn't the last. Her way of writing allows us all as the reader to feel the story at a personal level without comparing how we would react in a similar situation. I highly recommend the book to everyone regardless of where you are in your life because I believe everyone can take something positive away from this book.

Having talked to Rebecca for more than an hour for the podcast I can tell you she has a ton of wisdom to share with all of us. Her journey to healing this part of her life may be over but she is (like most of us) continually looking for ways to improve her life and become a better person than she was the day before. I can't wait until her next book. 

Please check it out here https://rebeccawinn.com and go to your local book store and ask for it. 

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