Lessons Earned

Vignettes of a Journey to Forty

Non-Fiction - Memoir
174 Pages
Reviewed on 05/04/2024
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Author Biography

Nicole Ricci is Texas born and southern proud. She is a self-proclaimed self-improvement junkie who has read hundreds of books and attended countless workshops, courses, and events. For two decades, she’s volunteered in women’s groups as a mentor and leader.

She is passionate about inspiring others to embrace life’s messiness, get to know themselves and find meaning in their own story. Nicole lives in Summerlin, Nevada with her husband John and their two cats, Chloe and Luna.

    Book Review

Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite

Lessons Earned: Vignettes of a Journey to Forty is a work of non-fiction in the self-help, memoir, and inspirational genres. Penned by author Nicole Ricci, this is a raw and introspective memoir that delves into the author's experiences and life lessons as she navigates the complexities of entering midlife. Through a series of vignettes, Ricci shares her journey of introspection, facing truths, overcoming loss, and embracing self-celebration. Each snapshot of her personal experiences is accompanied by thought-provoking life lessons, offering a blend of wit, insight, and heart that every reader can benefit from and relate to. What results is a personal journey filled with unique insight, but one that has wider-reaching resonance for us to learn something about our own lives along the way.

Author Nicole Ricci has crafted a warm memoir where readers are invited to embark on a soul-stirring journey alongside what swiftly feels like a deeply trusted friend. The major highlight of the narrative for me was how genuine and relatable the author is, drawing readers into her world with warmth and authenticity. The unique format of vignettes allows for easy consumption while packing a powerful emotional punch. There are moments of delight, poignancy, and genuine surprise as the softly-spoken narrative suddenly invites you into something that hits much harder than you first realize. Ricci's willingness to share her vulnerabilities and hard-earned wisdom resonates, inspiring readers to reflect on their own messy, imperfect experiences and extract valuable lessons. Overall, Lessons Earned is a deeply felt memoir filled with practical wisdom that I would not hesitate to recommend.