Smorgasbord Posts from My Archives – Past Book Reviews – 2019 – Understanding: An Anthology of True and Significant Life Events-compiled by Stevie Turner

Welcome to the series where I will be sharing a selection of book reviews I have posted in the last few years. I would like to take the opportunity to showcase books that I have enjoyed and their authors and if you have not read the books, I hope it will encourage you to check them out.

I will be sharing the reviews out of sequence between 2017 – 2020 as some authors have more than one book in the folder…

Today I am sharing a review from April 2019 for an anthology compiled by Stevie Turner. Writers from all around the world contributed articles about the significant events in their lives, including my own.

The proceeds from this anthology go to Cancer Research and it is a very worthy cause.

About the anthology

The following authors and bloggers answered questions posed by Stevie Turner regarding significant life experiences they had undergone. These events include sexual abuse, a near death experience, alcoholism, being diagnosed with cancer, depression, losing weight, getting married, being a mother to many children, being the daughter of a narcissistic mother, and many more!

The contributors to the anthology.

Alienora Browning – Sally Cronin – Dorinda Duclos – Scarlett Flame
Bernard Foong – Darlene Foster – Janet Gogerty – Debbie Harris
Lucy V. Hay – Miriam Hurdle – Phil Huston – Pamela Jessen
Joe – D.G Kaye – Lynda McKinney Lambert – Jaye Marie
Clive Pilcher – Abbie Johnson Taylor – Beem Weeks 

My review for the anthology April 2019

Although I am a contributor to the anthology, there are 18 other writers who have shared significant events in their lives. They range from the devastating experiences of abuse in childhood through to being diagnosed with clinical depression. There are also major events that everyone can relate too and resonate with such as getting married and being mother to a large family.

Some might say that certain events or conditions were avoidable with better decisions such as obesity, but some issues are not one dimensional and there are usually underlying physical, mental or emotional elements to be considered. However, there can be no responsibility claimed for being abused as a child, being the daughter of a narcissistic mother, losing a brother at such a young age, becoming a carer for a loved one, or beating cancer, not once but three times.

Whilst many of life’s significant events are included in this collection of interviews, there is also an abundance of courage, perseverance, love and unbowed human spirit.

We cannot turn our eyes from the issues that are uncomfortable to read about, because they are far more uncomfortable and devastating to those who experienced them first hand. An inspiring read.

All proceeds will be donated to Cancer Research:

Read the reviews and buy the anthology for only $1.30: Amazon US – And for 99p: Amazon UK

Editor and publisher of the anthology Stevie Turner who also contributed an article on Thyroid Cancer.

About Stevie Turner

Stevie Turner works part time as a medical secretary in a busy NHS hospital and writes suspense, women’s fiction, and darkly humorous novels in her spare time. She won a New Apple Book Award in 2014 and a Readers’ Favorite Gold Award in 2015 for her book ‘A House Without Windows’, and one of her short stories, ‘Checking Out’, was published in the Creative Writing Institute’s 2016 anthology ‘Explain!’ Her psychological thriller ‘Repent at Leisure’ won third place in the 2016 Drunken Druid Book Award contest.

Stevie lives in the East of England, and is married with two sons and four grandchildren. She has also branched out into the world of audio books, screenplays, and translations. Most of her novels are now available as audio books, and one screenplay, ‘For the Sake of a Child’, won a silver award in the Spring 2017 Depth of Field International Film Festival. ‘A House Without Windows’ gained the attention of a New York media production company in December 2017.

Some of Stevie’s books are currently being translated into German, Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese.

Read the reviews and buy the books : Amazon US – And: Amazon UK – Follow Stevie : Goodreads  blog: Stevie Turner on WordPress – Twitter: @StevieTurner6

 

Thanks for dropping in today and I hope you have enjoyed my review for this wonderful collaborative anthology.. Sally.

38 thoughts on “Smorgasbord Posts from My Archives – Past Book Reviews – 2019 – Understanding: An Anthology of True and Significant Life Events-compiled by Stevie Turner

  1. Reblogged this on Stevie Turner and commented:
    Thanks to Sally Cronin for featuring my anthology ‘Understanding’ today, which focuses on many contributors’ true life event stories. My own cancer journey is featured here too as an example, as well as Sally’s struggle with weight loss. Eighteen other authors have also added their life events too.

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  2. Thanks Sally for sharing the review – I didn’t imagine when I wrote my piece that my story would come full circle quite so soon with Cyberspouse’s death in September. We were married for 43 years and he leaves two sons, three grandsons, a daughter and a granddaughter.

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  3. These anthologies are great because there is a little something for everyone. The bonus is that money goes to cancer research—something we’ve all been touched by in our familes.

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