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Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite
Miss Fortune is a coming of age memoir written by Albina Hume. The author was born and raised in a small village in Ukraine. She became very self-conscious about her speech impediment when she began primary school. One of the other students, a little boy, made fun of her mispronunciation when she introduced herself, and he called her a crow. This ridicule deeply affected the bright young girl who henceforward would refuse to answer questions in class if they involved words she'd have trouble pronouncing. Even later, as a young adult, she passed on a coveted Miss School title rather than risk mispronouncing the answer to a tie-breaking quiz. Always ambitious and determined to prove herself, Hume got involved in a health product pyramid scheme which left her in debt, despite her success at sales. Her quest for love and success would lead her to the traveling she'd always dreamed of, even to that mythical Africa of her childhood song.
Albina Hume's coming of age memoir, Miss Fortune, is a most impressive nonfiction account that reads so beautifully that I had to check several times to assure myself that it was indeed a memoir. Her life story is a fascinating one, and her honesty and frankness in sharing it is deeply appreciated by this reader. I was fascinated by her stories about life in Ukraine, especially the early years, and smiled at the story of the strawberry business she set up with her siblings. Her accounts of the border crossings from Ukraine and Bulgaria into Greece for a job as a dancer made those terrifying and perilous trips come alive in my mind. Miss Fortune has action, adventure, danger and romance adroitly served up in a remarkable coming of age memoir. It's most highly recommended.