From Riches to Happiness

A Semi-Autobiography by an Enlightened Orange county Woman

Non-Fiction - Autobiography
84 Pages
Reviewed on 11/13/2009
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Author Biography

Judy Joseph Hamlin’s life as a real-life Orange County housewife, she had it all, big house, Mercedes-Benz, the designer clothes. However behind all their material possessions lay the bitter arguments and crushing estrangement of a lifeless, loveless marriage. Though it took years for Judy to admit that money wasn’t enough, she found the courage to divorce. Starting over without the wealth and social status that she once enjoyed, Judy struggled to pursue her dream of becoming a teacher while building a better life for herself and her children.

Judy now has a master’s degree and is credentialized in special education. She is currently a teacher in Newport Beach, California. ‘From Riches to Happiness’ is her first book.

Since the books initial release, Judy has received recognition from numerous book review organizations for her efforts and has been a guest on Talk Radio.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Anne Boling for Readers' Favorite

Judy Joseph Hamlin begins her book, From Riches to Happiness, by sharing a conversation with her soon to be ex-husband, John. When he dropped their sons off, he had seen a car in the driveway. That had set him on a tirade of how he intended to destroy her. Judy was from an affluent family. She and John were opposites. He worked long hours to attain more and more material possessions. He wanted the biggest, the flashiest, the best and the most expensive of everything. When Judy tried to discuss this with him he would became angry. Eventually she stopped trying to talk to him.

Divorce was inevitable. We’ve all heard the term dirty divorce. Judy’s divorce was worse than dirty. He took her to court over the smallest things. By the time the divorce was final Judy was deeply in debt.

Judy has a courageous spirit. She made mistakes but did not let that stop her from surviving. She went to college; she developed a product to sell. From Riches to Happiness is an encouraging read. Judy writes with more than a bit of wit. It is very easy to recommend From Riches to Happiness.