I don’t think I have read a book since I don’t know when. I started reading your book and was completely enthralled. I literally could not put it down. The writing  was very captivating. You had me laughing and crying at the same time. I wish you all the best. By the way, from what I read your life with Al was definitely near perfect. -R.R.

I can’t get myself away from the book! I have a hard time getting into a book, but this one is just more "real".   -J.B.

Just finished your book! Awesome...just awesome! I loved the stories, the memories, and the poetry. You could really feel the warmth and fun of your marriage.  -M.L.

Read slowly, digest the powerfully told story. So well written. -M.M.

I am not normally a reader but have been enjoying every page!  -N.D.

Finished your book. Loved every minute of it although what you had to endure in that plane left me unable to breathe. You did a fantastic job and left me yearning for years gone past. Your mother was right. This book helped someone…me. -J.M.

I had to stop reading and let you know how your writing has captivated me, I am so moved by your story. We really never know what others are going through. I know I would never have the courage to put my life experiences in print – I admire you for your strength. Your Mom’s message to you was accurate, this memoir is going to help people because it is helping me. -K.W.

Just finished the book…amazing. The way you wrote it was genius, writing in present then past, then present again was an amazing way to tell your story. -A.B.

I loved your book, couldn’t put it down. The love, pain and vulnerability you write about had me in tears at times. I have received a Big Al hug and they were the best. His kindness and that smile and twinkle in his blue eyes all come through vividly. -C.L.

I finished the book last night. I actually read quite a bit of it while I was on my deer stand. I don’t even know where to begin to try to explain how I feel about this incredible writing. So I’m just gonna summarize it by saying your insight to your relationship with Al was incredible. The way you peeled back the layers of emotion getting down to the nitty-gritty, was amazing. I can honestly say I don’t think I’ve ever enjoyed a book more. At many points I laughed, sometimes so loudly my wife asked what I was laughing at. And other times, the tears flowed freely. You’ve painted an incredible portrait of yourself, your relationship with Al, and Al himself. I’m grateful for the opportunity to be able to read this. My sister, who knew nothing of Al before I told her all of the stories after he passed,is anxious to read it. You wonder in a couple points in the book about whether it would help anyone. I can most assuredly tell you, it has and it will. Thank you SO much. -R.H.

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