This author participates in the Readers' Favorite Book Review Exchange Program, which is open to all authors and is completely free. Simply put, you agree to provide an honest review an author's book in exchange for the author doing the same for you. What sites your reviews are posted on (B&N, Amazon, etc.) and whether you send digital (eBook, PDF, Word, etc.) or hard copies of your books to each other for review is up to you. To begin, click the purple email icon to send this author a private email, and be sure to describe your book or include a link to your Readers' Favorite review page or Amazon page.
This author participates in the Readers' Favorite Book Donation Program, which was created to help nonprofit and charitable organizations (schools, libraries, convalescent homes, soldier donation programs, etc.) by providing them with free books and to help authors garner more exposure for their work. This author is willing to donate free copies of their book in exchange for reviews (if circumstances allow) and the knowledge that their book is being read and enjoyed. To begin, click the purple email icon to send this author a private email. Be sure to tell the author who you are, what organization you are with, how many books you need, how they will be used, and the number of reviews, if any, you would be able to provide.
Reviewed by Romuald Dzemo for Readers' Favorite
Just the Way He Walked: A Mother's Story of Healing and Hope by Kathleen Pooler is a heartbreaking, heartwarming story of a woman who has to deal with divorce, illness, and her beloved son's addiction. It is one of the most beautiful stories of a mother's love. The story starts with moving and poignant words that capture the deep-seated fear and pain of the narrator: "For twenty-three years, I feared my son Brian would die from his addiction to alcohol." While suffering from a delicate health condition, the author had to worry about the welfare of her son. In this memoir, she captures the story and explores her relationship with her son and others.
The prose is beautiful and the author has the unique gift of exploring the different emotions of a mother as she watches her child on a path towards self-destruction. Scenes are well-written and focused, and the use of the epistolary style adds depth to both story and characters. It is easy to feel the motherly love, the devotion to her son, and her deepest fears. But Just the Way He Walked: A Mother's Story of Healing and Hope by Kathleen Pooler isn't a story of pain. It is one of love and hope and faith, and the satisfying end leaves readers with a powerful message to never give up. Kathleen Pooler's memoir is deeply human, beautifully written, and it gives inspiration to parents or anyone with a loved one suffering from an addiction. The humanity of the characters comes out strongly in the writing and I also loved the way the author explores the theme of parenting and family dynamics in this book.