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Reviewed by Sefina Hawke for Readers' Favorite
Nine Lives: Transition (Volume 1) ~ In The Beginning by Lucille Richins Flint is an autobiography about the life and pre-mortal existence of Lucille Richins Flint. Lucille was born to Leah Naegle and George Arthur Richins in New Mexico during the Great Depression. As a very young child, Lucille had a happy life with a loving mother and father, but that all changed when a drunken doctor overdosed Lucille’s mother. After the death of Leah, George married Lenore with the hope of providing his multiple children with a mother; this is when young Lucille’s life changed for the worse as the woman that should have loved and cared for her constantly abused her. Will Lucille be able to overcome a childhood filled with abuse to find love and forgiveness in her adult life?
Nine Lives Transition: (Volume 1) ~ In The Beginning by Lucille Richins Flint is a very well written book that took me on an emotional roller coaster ride and had me crying in sadness and laughing with joy. I have to say that I really liked the way the author kept the language her siblings used age appropriate, but provided the correct word in parentheses such as when Betty Lynn would use words like "wov" (love) and little "tither" (sister). I felt that this was how a young child of twenty-three months would actually speak and I much preferred this style of writing to that of authors who make it seem like young children can speak perfect English.
My favorite part of the book was when Lucille was a baby as I loved how the author created such a vivid picture of what life was like for her as a baby, and I enjoyed how she would share her future thoughts about aspects of her life as well. For instance, when Lucille was named, the author included the Hebrew meaning of her name and her ponderings about whether the meaning of her name played a part in her dreams and visions. Overall, I enjoyed reading this book and I was glad that that I chose to read it!