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Monday, May 21, 2012

Book Review of Strand of Pearls: One Woman's Journey to Light and Peace By Author Deborah Livingston

Strand of Pearls: One Woman's Journey to Light and Peace

By Author Deborah Livingston
4.0 out of 5 stars A COMPELLING READ, May 21, 2012



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If the 1960's families stuck together even though it wasn't always for the best. Often to suffer
the consequence were the children. Deborah Livingston was one such child. Deborah's
parents were very diverse. Her father was much older than her mother and very controlling.
Her mother was young, innocent and tried to please her husband despite his violent
mood swings and drunken fits. And having unwanted children only flamed this reunion in an
ugly way - especially when sons were preferred to daughters.


As a baby, Deborah can remember breaking her mother's pearls. Her innocence faded as her father beat her. The hands that could be so gentle had turned into weapons of rage. This began a childhood of fear, confusion and pain. Being called "stupid" was a phrase often sent her way. Whippings were a common occurence. She was not the only one to suffer. Deborah's mother was another victim to her husband's violence. This woman had failed to protect Deborah in so many ways.

Emotionally scarred, Deborah grew up burying her emotions. This began a lifelong battle to control her roller coaster of feelings and learn how to accept them for what they are despite her fears of rejection. STRAND OF PEARLS is a heatfelt memoir, honest and intriguing as Deborah learns how to love, forgive and accept her fears. What a wonderful title so fitting to the emotional links in Deborah's story.

I thoroughly enjoyed this touching tale.

Nicely done.