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Reviewed by Peggy Jo Wipf for Readers' Favorite
Writing is Katie Keridan’s avenue of healing. Once Upon A Girl will amaze you as you read the author’s path of mending. As she recognizes who she is and the distance she traveled from her true form, she takes the time to embrace the moment, then rebuilds. She makes no apologies for who she is and admits her needs of love, repairing, and acceptance. You will read about her struggles and doubts. Her ups and downs become more ups than downs. Her brokenness becomes a strength, though frail underneath if you bother to look close enough. This is a powerful tale told in prose of an author who could live at night because the moon softened the edges.
Once Upon A Girl by Katie Keridan is not a poetry book neat with every rhyme and measure in place. Her style of prose is perfect to express the depth of emotions and growth she experienced. I would grab a phrase, “keeping my head above the fear”, knowing she was writing about an incident in her life, yet I felt she was looking into my soul. The pace is slow, just as healing takes time. I have the impression that although Katie Keridan reveals the darkness and brokenness of her soul, she is still an optimistic person and continues to dream. I admire her honesty as she exposes her essence to a world of readers who could judge harshly. Though I have my own trials, I can hold on to a verse or two and claim them for myself. She did an excellent job putting to words what a heart has felt.