In My Next Life I'll Get It Right

Non-Fiction - Humor/Comedy
228 Pages
Reviewed on 03/17/2021
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Author Biography

“To hope is normal, to expect is naïve”—wise advice that Rosemary Mild’s psychoanalyst father taught her, and which she too often ignores.
Rosemary is an award-winning writer of personal essays that have appeared in the Washington Post, Baltimore Sun, Chess Life, Generations, and elsewhere. As a retired career editor, she’s a long-time member of the Society of Professional Journalists and was a Silver Owl (twenty-five-year member) of the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. Rosemary grew up in Milwaukee and graduated from Smith College. In 2013, she and Larry moved to Honolulu, Hawaii, where they cherish time with their daughter, son-in-law, and grandchildren. When not dreaming up outrageous ideas for her essays, she and Larry wallow in crimes and clues as coauthors of more than a dozen mystery and suspense novels and story collections. They’re members of Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime (Larry’s a Mister), and Hawaii Fiction Writers. Read about them and all their books at

    Book Review

Reviewed by Lesley Jones for Readers' Favorite

In this frank and honest compilation of stories, In My Next Life I'll Get It Right, Rosemary Mild offers her unique insight into the joys of parenthood, grief, medical disasters, relationships, and other extraordinary mishaps. Rosemary will shine a light on the most emotional and heartbreaking events in her life too. From her divorce, becoming a working single mother, finding love again to the horrific loss of her daughter. There are tales about the sublime and the ridiculous, practical life lessons as well as interactions with some memorable and distinctive characters. Rosemary's superb storytelling ability highlights how pivotal moments and people can change the direction of your life or just bring a smile to your face when you most need it.

In My Next Life I'll Get It Right by Rosemary Mild is a wonderful heartwarming collection of stories that you instantly resonate with. I adored Rosemary's sharp perception of the quirky humorous traits of human behavior and awkward situations. There were so many laugh-out-loud moments such as the conversations in Jazzercise, Wally the Wheelchair, her 30-year-old vacuum cleaner, and her experience on the game show Jeopardy, to name but a few. I also loved her stories around family, motherhood, and being a grandmother. I thought her relationship with Larry was absolute perfection and their dialogue exchanges were both heartwarming, sharp, and witty. They were truly a match made in heaven and I can understand why their marriage has lasted 33 years.

There were also many heartbreaking stories of love, surviving life as a single mother, and grief. Her recollection relating to the loss of her daughter, Miriam, was very emotional to read. I thought the photography was a great addition as this put faces to the family members in her stories. I also thought including recent momentous events in history such as Lockerbie, the attack on the World Trade Centre, and the end of Communism brought another interesting layer to the book. I could not put this book down. Rosemary takes us on such a rollercoaster of emotions, from laughter to tears and everything in between. A highly recommended read.