The best-selling solo R&B artist finally opens up about her rocky past and her path to redemption.
While Toni Braxton may appear to be living a charmed life, hers is in fact a tumultuous story: A tale of personal triumph after a public unraveling. In her heartfelt memoir, the six-time Grammy Award-winning singer and star of WE tv's hit reality series Braxton Family Values is unapologetically honest in revealing the intimate details of her journey.
Toni and the entire Braxton clan have become America's favorite musical family, but what fans may not know is the intense guilt Toni once felt when she accepted a recording deal that excluded her sisters. That decision would haunt Toni for years to come, tainting the enormous fame she experienced as a popular female vocalist at the top of the charts. Despite her early accomplishments, Toni's world crumbled when she was forced to file for bankruptcy twice and was left all alone to pick up the pieces.
Always the consummate professional, Toni rebuilt her life but then found herself in the midst of more heartache. The mother of an autistic child, Toni had long feared that her son's condition might be karmic retribution for some of the life choices that left her filled with remorse. Later, when heart ailments began plaguing her at the age of 41 and she was diagnosed with lupus, Toni knew she had to move beyond the self-recrimination and take charge of her own healing - physically and spiritually.
Unbreak My Heart is more than the story of Toni's difficult past and glittering success: It is a story of hope, of healing, and, ultimately, of redemption.
©2014 Toni Braxton (P)2014 HarperCollins Publishers
Toni's story had me at hello. I wish there was better narration though. The narrator speaks well, but her inflection at times falls flat.
Having a person who is not African American was a lil disconcerting at first as inflections are so important to African Americans but the story was inspiring
This book will give you a new and refreshing perspective of all Toni has endured, and the growth and insight gained as a result. I really enjoyed this book.
I really really enjoyed the story as I've been a fan of Toni's music since her very first album. I loved that she was sharing her truth and making herself vulnerable. Because of the personal nature of the subject matter, it was very strange to hear it coming out of someone's mouth that isn't hers, especially since I know Toni's voice and the voice of all of the people mentioned in the book. Another gripe, there are obvious moments of splicing and it's distracting. The narrator is reading a line and then all of a sudden there's an obvious change in tone and voice, like it was later added in and it made the reading sound amateur and quite unprofessional. Again, LOVED hearing the story, I just really wish Toni would've read it and gave life to her own voice...especially since in the book she talks so much about how she gave her power away to so many other people before in her career. Overall, I'd absolutely recommend this book to any fan of Toni Braxton, it's a great listen.
I didnt care for the narration too much but mainly because I am from the Maryland/DC area and some of the pronunciation was off.
I enjoyed learning about Toni's life from her perspective and how everything took place surrounding the bankruptcy.
I didnt like how some of the words were pronounced as it related to Toni's hometown.
I dont think Unbreak My Heart should be made into a movie. Braxton Family Values is enough of a glimpse into their lives. It would be interesting to get insight from the family on the book in their own words.
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