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Reviewed by Bernadette Longu for Readers' Favorite
In Hand Me Downs, author Michele Carter has written an inspirational, interesting, and humbling book. Once I started, it was hard to put the book down and I found myself reading well into the night in between trying to keep up with the rest of my work. Michele has taken her own life experiences and turned them into a most intriguing tale. The book really starts in the year 1936 and it takes the reader on a journey through the years up until 2003. Readers meet Cynthia from the age of 7, her father Harrison, Aunt Liza Mungi, Anna, Jesse, Florence, Laurence Greene, and Harry, Cynthia’s older brother. An assortment of characters wanders in and out; some stay for a long time, some visit for a short time, but each is important to the unfolding of this story based on the author's life.
Hand Me Downs shows us how our grandparents' and parents' actions can affect the life of their children and how they pass the same actions on to their children. As an adult, a person very rarely consults a child as to whether they are happy with the situation they find themselves in, such as having an affair, moving away from all the people the children know, standing by the chosen spouse even when it is evident that the spouse is wrong. The author brings to light how we have all been mentally or physically abused without realizing or being aware it was happening in our lifetime. This book is a must-read as I found it to be a big help with putting incidents in my life into perspective and understanding the withdrawal of my children’s friendship and visits, even if I don’t fully understand it yet. Michelle Carter has written a really wonderful, page-turning read. Thank you for taking me on a delightful journey of discovery and help. This is a book for all ages, not just for the young generation.