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Reviewed by Lesley Jones for Readers' Favorite
In this frank and honest compilation of stories, In My Next Life I'll Get It Right, Rosemary Mild offers her unique insight into the joys of parenthood, grief, medical disasters, relationships, and other extraordinary mishaps. Rosemary will shine a light on the most emotional and heartbreaking events in her life too. From her divorce, becoming a working single mother, finding love again to the horrific loss of her daughter. There are tales about the sublime and the ridiculous, practical life lessons as well as interactions with some memorable and distinctive characters. Rosemary's superb storytelling ability highlights how pivotal moments and people can change the direction of your life or just bring a smile to your face when you most need it.
In My Next Life I'll Get It Right by Rosemary Mild is a wonderful heartwarming collection of stories that you instantly resonate with. I adored Rosemary's sharp perception of the quirky humorous traits of human behavior and awkward situations. There were so many laugh-out-loud moments such as the conversations in Jazzercise, Wally the Wheelchair, her 30-year-old vacuum cleaner, and her experience on the game show Jeopardy, to name but a few. I also loved her stories around family, motherhood, and being a grandmother. I thought her relationship with Larry was absolute perfection and their dialogue exchanges were both heartwarming, sharp, and witty. They were truly a match made in heaven and I can understand why their marriage has lasted 33 years.
There were also many heartbreaking stories of love, surviving life as a single mother, and grief. Her recollection relating to the loss of her daughter, Miriam, was very emotional to read. I thought the photography was a great addition as this put faces to the family members in her stories. I also thought including recent momentous events in history such as Lockerbie, the attack on the World Trade Centre, and the end of Communism brought another interesting layer to the book. I could not put this book down. Rosemary takes us on such a rollercoaster of emotions, from laughter to tears and everything in between. A highly recommended read.