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Cauliflower Heart: A Romantic Wrestler by Diana Hart, named after an acquired deformity or hardening of the ear affecting the fighters, reflects on the trials and tribulations of living in the wrestling milieu. Through the story of Claudine Bellamy, who grew up in the wrestling world and married a wrestler, Diana narrates the ever present romantic twists in a wrestler’s tale, some of them enjoyable and a few sad. The book describes how, with a superstar husband and the associated celebrity status, Claudine has to rise up in providing necessary help and assistance to her husband, as well as protecting her children who stand to lose the love and wisdom they deserved, wanted and needed from their father.
Cauliflower Heart: A Romantic Wrestler by Diana Hart is an eye opener of a story with a compelling narration. Just as the cauliflower ear is considered a badge of courage and experience, this tale is also the celebration of the superhuman strength of the wrestling crowd in finding answers to their challenges. This book reaffirms the adage, in the words of a famous poet, “The paths of glory lead but to the grave.” The romantic and whirlwind life of Claudine, and the brave face she had to put on for meeting the challenges of her family life, comes alive in these pages. Well written and describing all facets of a colorful life, this story is a great read.