This is an interesting, somewhat inspiring memoir, read very nicely by the author. Not great or earth-shaking, but really quite interesting hearing all the details about how she was able to climb from low to high. A really nice aspect was how I felt I could relate - how I could feel I was in her shoes with her struggles & successes.
Her start as a child was ugly and difficult, but not as horrific as she seems to think it was - more dysfunctional (yes, very much so) than disastrous. It does indeed have the appearance of less than auspicious beginnings, but this is true of many who rise to great heights. And not everyone is fortunate enough to have the unwavering support she had from her grandmother, even if often from afar. Having someone who believes in you and to whom you can always turn IS a blessing common to those who work their way up from great depths to great success, and many acknowledge and remark that they would not have succeeded without that grace.
Likewise, her successes appear to be made in no small part of incredible good fortune - I was rather amazed at how she rather "magically" transformed what seemed (to me, at least) as a rather mundane and relatively common talent into a blockbuster. She started by selling a window dressing - what I marveled at more than her talent, hard work (she DID work very hard), and business savvy, was how many people wanted window dressings, to be her customers!! I had no idea!! Then again, I'm not at all familiar with her work, maybe it's beyond fabulous. In fact, I'm not familiar with her at all, had never heard of her before. (Maybe because I don't watch TV?)
Which brings me to a very salient point: She is, as far as I can tell, NOT the same Sandra Lee who wrote some incredible Australian non-fiction stories available here on Audible.com!! THIS Sandra Lee, here on this page, seems like a nice enough person with good story to tell, and her book is in fact well-written and she's done an admirable job narrating it - but no hint that she is associated with those other books - nor Australia!! Just a heads-up to anyone who, like I did, thinks they are the same Sandra Lee - they are not! But still a worthwhile book, make no mistake!! I would, in fact, recommend it to anyone who IS looking for the American homemaker-TV personality Sandra Lee!! It's a good story!!
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