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5.0 out of 5 starsOrdering more copies for my friends!
Reviewed in the United States on January 25, 2018
I love this book! In fact, I like it so much that I’m ordering extra copies for my friends. This is a disturbing story of a deeply troubled family with horrific secrets. It’s also a story of survival and triumph. Somehow Ruth, the plucky and talented protagonist, overcomes numerous challenges, learning more about herself as she unearths her family’s history. This is a testament to endurance, hope, and success. The haunting illustrations add to the story. I googled one of the "secrets" and discovered that it's absolutely true. WOW! One wonders – is this autobiographical? True or not, this is an uplifting tale of the character’s indomitable spirit.
This book started out a bit slow for me, and I declared it to be "a very odd book" more than once. Around half way through, things really started coming together, and it has proven to be a very profound take on adverse childhood experience and protective factors. I feel that I have grown mentally and emotionally as a result I f reading it.
4.0 out of 5 starsit is not easy to write it all down and make it as ...
Reviewed in the United States on December 13, 2017
Despite having an unusual life, a fascinating ancestry and a lot of abuse, it is not easy to write it all down and make it as fascinating to others as it is to you. Kudos to Elizabeth Garden for her well designed structure, beautifully written scenes and to Barbara Bose for her lovely art. It goes beyond the traditional haunting 'ghost story' as her ancestor seeks redemption and relief and she comes to forgive her parents and move beyond a twisted script. This is a first book and it deserves notice.
5.0 out of 5 starsEngrossing tale of Ruth's life experience.
Reviewed in the United States on November 30, 2017
A great read as we follow Ruth's often abusive life experiences, and glimpse her vision of the next next world through the ghostly tale of treacherous Great Uncle Ray's search for the truth of his earthly life. As the gruesome family secret is revealed Ruth is able to understand the genesis of her family's dysfunction. The illustrations by Barbara Bose add another level of enjoyment.
5.0 out of 5 starsRuth learns how to love herself and love others
Reviewed in the United States on December 6, 2017
Take Ruth's journey through life with her as she tries to overcome a childhood filled with violence and mental illness. Shaking the negative influences of her past, Ruth learns how to love herself and love others. But this process is lifelong and often takes many wrong turns along the way. A beautiful book about a woman and her personal struggles and how she survived to become the person she was truly meant to be.
Wow. A memoir that will leave you shaken to the core by the heartache and tribulations that Ruth powered through during her life. Beautifully written and with brutal honesty, she tells her story from childhood to present day (and beyond) defining what it means to persevere. A MUST read.
5.0 out of 5 starsTrue story and Anyone can actually visit the places mentioned in the book
Reviewed in the United States on February 1, 2018
Very facinating family history read, a little mysterious at the start as most lives are but well explained in the middle with a happy ending. I could not put it down, had to know how and why it happened. Very visual of places and people read.
5.0 out of 5 starsRuth’s courage to get back up after being knocked down.
Reviewed in the United States on December 1, 2017
Tree of Lives was a great read. The story grabbed me from beginning to end. Ruth’s life struggles show how strong women are how families can destroy and make people who they are. I strongly encourage you to put this book on your must read list.