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Reviewed by Darin Godby for Readers' Favorite
Triumph Over Tears by Nava Chernoff is a moving autobiography that takes the reader through the many emotional twists and turns of her life. Some ups and downs will keep the reader turning the pages to find out how that particular situation will turn out. Not only are Nava's experiences told, but there are resources shared for the reader to reach out for help should they be experiencing similar circumstances. Nava Chernoff shares a compelling point when she says: “Your first step to recovery is to stop the abuser! There is no justified reason to abuse anyone!” (Chernoff, 2018. P. 31). Years later the abuser was confronted and asked for forgiveness. The reader can quickly connect with the writing and how the events impacted the author’s life.
There is excellent detail concerning the courtship, marriage, and children that would come into Nava’s life. This is where the reader feels a secure connection to her love for her family as well as sorrow for some loss. Soon she falls in love with a man from the US and tells her husband she wants a divorce and is moving to the US. There she finds herself with a man 40 years older than her and two children to raise in a new country. There are many financial ups and downs, but the commitment of love and marriage survived until Tom’s death. This is a great story of endurance, love, patience, and acceptance. This should be a source of encouragement for others who may be going through difficulties in life, wondering if there will be any solution to their situation. This is a great read.