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Reviewed by Lorraine Carey for Readers' Favorite
"Strand of Pearls" is a poignant memoir that delivers a very powerful message to all of us. Here the author metaphorically compares her tragic early life to a strand of pearls. Deborah’s early years of verbal and physical abuse brought tears to my eyes as she becomes a prisoner to a father who was out of control. She was not at all a happy soul and took it out on his little girl. His wounded spirit was really helping her build a suit of armor to endure the rest of her life. As each event is chronicled I could not help but weep for Deborah. Whenever there was a positive touching moment for her I felt the well-needed comfort she wanted. The events are written with such emotion that you can feel the hurt in the author’s tone. You will also find passages where she reflects and makes a connection to the event that proves she interpreted each as a learning experience. This child is shattered throughout most of her childhood and the effects pour into her adulthood where she remains on a collision course with herself as she becomes self-destructive.
You cannot put the book down as you become vested in the soul of this character and have to read on to find if there is an end to the constant suffering. She has a few stable people in her life and strangely different people emerge into her life, just as she needed help and time to change direction. You will see that her life keeps following in the same destructive pattern. It seems some divine intervention is at play here for Deborah, but she will come to realize this later on in life. Just when you think her life was coming together it takes another shocking twist. The reader becomes her cheering crowd throughout the book. A surprising mystical spiritual awakening happens to Deborah and she finally puts all the pieces of the pearls together to restrict her once broken necklace. And how she does this will have you reflecting on your own life.
Deborah Livingston writes with such reflection and emotion. I found myself now coming to the realization of how all the events in our life and the people who come into it do so for reasons and provide us with that spiritual awakening. I did lots of reflecting during and after reading the book. "Strand of Pearls" will give anyone the incentive to seek within himself or herself the real power of our journeys. It gives you much hope that your life lessons are your own pearls and teaches you that how you assemble them is up to you.