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An amazing story ~ A new review for The Ashes of Innocence by Tammy-Lynn Wilcox

The Ashes of Innocence ~ Worth Reading!!
I have to admit, I had a difficult time reading this novel. Not because it was too long or too hard to get into, but because it was such a touching story to \”take in\”. For an innocent child to endure such cruel and selfish neglect is beyond me? And it just seemed to continue throughout adolescence and into adulthood. This story pulled at my every heartstring and angered me so much that it made me want to jump in and do this little girl… young lady… deprived woman ~  justice ~ with almost every page turn.
With that said, as difficult as I found it to read because of its sadness, I never put the novel down from the moment I started reading it because of its inspiration. As much as it upset me that Alexandra faced all these hardships, I found myself unable to stop reading. Throughout all the unexpected, and sometimes expected, neglect and abuse, she found a way to hold on to hope and belief that there was something better out there for her. With every sad experience, as a reader, you could also feel her hope and I found myself reading on because of it. Not just because I wanted to know what happened next, but because through reading her words, I wanted to feel and experience the hope and inspiration that is Alexandra’s life story.
I found this novel to be an amazing story of one persons astounding journey that teaches us to believe in something \”more\” and that holding on to love (of a father, a spouse, a child, a heritage) WILL make you a stronger person and help you get through all tragedies you may face in one lifetime.

Worth Reading!!!

Tammy-Lynn Wilcox

Fantastic vacation!April 2013

We just returned from Secrets Maroma Beach after 2 wonderful weeks ~ April 4-18th. We had previously been to Secrets Silversands & Secrets Huatulco and have now put Maroma on the top list. The beach consists of white, soft sand and easy on the feet. The aqua colors are like a picture post card! The reception was welcoming and we were escorted to our room without delay. We had asked for a quiet section of the resort and we were accommodated. Beautiful roses, a bottle of champagne and fruit were awaiting us ~ what a nice touch to our anniversary celebration. Our concierge Jean Deschamps (Villa 24) was the best ~ his warm smile and greetings to ensure everything was fine gave the vacation that extra touch. From italian, to French to Japanese to World Cafe ~ there was never a disappointment with our dining. Served elegantly in a nouveau cuisine fashion was picture perfect…and if you wanted a second helping, it was there! From swimming in the ocean to the heated or cooler pool, the choice was yours to make.The sunsets were magnificent and we came away with many beautiful memories. It was all that we could ask for and more. Since we have travelled this area of Mexico many times, we happily stayed at the property for the 2 weeks. Hello to Jean Deschamps ~ we miss you and will return!

Memories of Paris, France 2003 & 2007

When I read this poem, I instantly thought of the time I visited my Grandmother Tekla and Uncle Vladimir Tesluk’s resting place in Paris, 2003 and Krakow 2003 & 2005.  I felt their history untouched ~  my desire to learn more about them ignited instantly and with the passage of time that fire is still burning!
DEAR ANCESTOR,

Your tombstone stands among the rest;
Neglected and alone.
The name and date are chiseled out
On polished, marbled stone.
It reaches out to all who care
It is too late to mourn.
You did not know that I exist
You died and I was born.
Yet each of us are cells of you
In flesh, in blood, in bone.
Our blood contracts and beats a pulse
Entirely not our own.
Dear Ancestor, the place you filled
One hundred years ago
Spreads out among the ones you left
Who would have loved you so.
I wonder if you lived and loved,
I wonder if you knew
That someday I would find this spot,
And come to visit you.

Author Unknown

April 18, 2013 ~ Happy Birthday to my son!!

Loving you always,

xo

Happy Easter Bunnies, Megan, Daniel & Shawn

Always in my heart,

I love you xoxoxox

Soul Touching ~ a new review for “The Ashes of Innocence” ~ as posted on Chapters/Indigo website

Rating: 5/5

Soul Touching

Debre Saulnier

2 weeks ago

I can’t take my eyes off the creased picture of the child on the cover. So sad and lost, your heart breaks and you have this overwhelming desire to hold her tight and promise you will protect her from everything bad in this world. Turning the pages of this very intense memoir, there were many times when I fought to continue reading, but had to close the book; I was overwhelmed. Truly the cruelty Alexandra endured throughout her life mirrored my own to such a degree, I felt weak at the comparisons. I thank God to have found her at this time in my life and her book has been a true gift to me during a very dark time, as has her friendship. I am encouraged every day by her strength and inner peace, her love of life and above all, her never ending faith. Thank you Alexandra!

“Hope is My Absolute” – Book-cover Award!!! ~ What an honor!!

Reflections…….

Thoughts to ponder ~
…life is a continuous cycle with endings turning into beginnings….our grief is an awareness of this change – it is the transition if you will…
…we see an ending and would want to make it better or change it as if deep down we don’t want to let it go or let it be.
…between endings and beginnings lies faith and spiritual acceptance……
…Beginnings are like breaths of fresh air…we don’t realize of them because we tend to grief and not let go….but I recently realized that feeling gratitude after grief will bring reality much more clear and see the beginnings unfolding….
Grief is an important emotion because like a picture …we see grey, a misty cloud as we are at most powerless and hopeless….we feel sad and alone….but like in the picture there is a path…at the end of that path there is light and it’s waiting for us to be discovered…
…the picture is depicting the path, the bridge, the tunnel between the past and the future, between death and birth, between endings and beginnings …it’s up to us to find hope, courage and faith and follow the path….thanks to grief we face the next reality….
We need grief to accept and let go and we need gratitude to say goodbye… We need hope and faith to cross the path, bridge, tunnel and we need wisdom to make the most of the new beginnings….
Unfortunately if we are stuck with grief it will turn into depression…. I am thankful somehow I have an inner will to live and look at things positively ….because darkness can really cripple someone with fear, anger, jealousy, and hopelessness…
I pray for everyone to overcome our daily griefs and move on with gratitude and love for us to be a better person and make a better world… 

5 * for “The Ashes of Innocence”

Triumph over Tragedy, January 6, 2013
This review is from: The Ashes of Innocence (Paperback)

A must-read for anyone who needs a reminder about resilience and the power of the human spirit to rise above despair.

Alexandra’s journey will provide inspiration to those who have suffered abuse as a child or as an adult. Her unbreakable spirit and fierce determination gave her the courage and strength to slowly rebuild her shattered life, despite neglect, abuse and all of the obstacles around her. Also, rather than destroying her, a strong connection to her missing father kept hope alive in her heart and served as further fuel for her incredible survival.

Just like the proverbial “phoenix”, Alexandra rises from the ashes of her unfortunate circumstances with a rejuvenated spirit that lifts her into a new life. A poignant and unforgettable memoir that you will want to share with others.

We can make “life” beautiful!!

…life is a continuous cycle with endings turning into beginnings….our grief is an awareness of this change – it is the transition if you will…
…we see an ending and would want to make it better or change it as if deep down we don’t want to let it go or let it be.
…between endings and beginnings lies faith and spiritual acceptance……Beginnings are like breaths of fresh air…we don’t realize of them because we tend to grief and not let go….but I recently realized that feeling gratitude after grief will bring reality much more clear and see the beginnings unfolding….
Grief is an important emotion because like a picture waiting for us to be discovered…
…your picture is depicting the path, the bridge, the tunnel between the past and the future, between death and birth, between endings and beginnings …it’s up to us to find hope, courage and faith and follow the path….thanks to grief we face the next reality….
We need grief to accept and let go and we need gratitude to say goodbye… We need hope and faith to cross the path, bridge, tunnel and we need wisdom to make the most of the new beginnings….
Unfortunately if we are stuck with grief it will turn into depression…. I am thankful somehow I have an inner will to live and look at things positively ….because darkness can really cripple someone with fear, anger, jealousy, and hopelessness…
I pray for everyone to overcome our daily griefs and move on with gratitude and love for us to be a better person and make a better world…