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Reviewed by Sarah Stuart for Readers' Favorite
Dennis O’Donnell’s 40 for 40 is less a memoir than a bucket list, a“wish list” that, for years, was subconscious. He reached each memorable milestone and learned from his experiences. As a youngster, he was subjected to peer pressure. In his twenties, he became aware that life is a learning curve – sometimes as difficult to climb as Mount Langley. Many of the stories are family centered. His marriage to Colleen resulted in the births of five children, with all the joys and trials every parent will recognize. In 40 by 40, Dennis O’Donnell has written a memoir with universal appeal.
Christmas struck an instant chord with me, and not just because the true meaning has been swamped by commercialism. Dennis O’Donnell takes that thought a step further. We struggle to find the perfect gift to express our feelings for the ones we love, but when the wrapping paper is trashed, what next? For children especially, new toys will only hold their interest for a short time. What do you remember? I thought back to the walks, and the games… and so does Dennis. His descriptions of family outings are a delight. But he offers hard-gained wisdom. Problems that have no easy answers. Above all, Dennis O’Donnell offers hope in 40 by 40. Learn from experiences and be open to new ideas and the next twenty years will be better than the last two decades. The book sparkles like its cover!