But For The Love Of My Father

A Memoir

Non-Fiction - Memoir
351 Pages
Reviewed on 03/16/2018
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Author Biography

Dr. Julia E. Antoine began writing professionally at a very young age. She began with short stories and has since progressed to a whole lot more. She wrote and published a working curriculum for a career school, a business manual and its answer key, as well as, other literary works.

In 2010, not too long after major health issues, she took a different turn, and began writing for fun and enjoyment. She wrote her first children’s book that year, which was immediately followed by a collection of short stories. Her children's books won silver from Mom's Choice Award to wide acclaim.

Dr. Antoine currently writes children's books under her given name and romance novels under a pen name.

Visit her at: http://www.too-clever.com or on her blog at http://www.too-clever.blogspot.com

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    Book Review

Reviewed by Gisela Dixon for Readers' Favorite

But For The Love Of My Father: A Memoir by Dr. Julia E. Antoine is a detailed autobiographical account of Julia’s life and follows the events in a chronological manner. Julia talks about her childhood home in the Caribbean Islands, her early years, her parents' background, growing up with her step-siblings as well as with her biological siblings, her mother’s abuse and neglect towards her, her relationship with her father with its ups and downs, her romantic life, her relationships with men, children, and more. Throughout the book, Julia revolves a number of life episodes and experiences around her father, with whom she shared a close relationship in her early years, although it did fluctuate after that. This is her life story.

But For The Love Of My Father is a well-written memoir penned in an easy, casual, candid style. I liked how Julia does not seem to hold back and writes openly about her abuse and her relationship with her mother. She also doesn’t hold back sharing her traumatic experiences, including her rape as a teenager. Through all this, it is gratifying to learn that she has been able to overcome these early obstacles and that, despite having no parenting role models, has obviously raised functional and well-adjusted children of her own. I also liked reading about some of the island life along the way, but the highlight of the book for me was Julia’s difficult experiences in her childhood that inspire hope in readers that sometimes things can turn out well despite abuse, trauma, or neglect.