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A beautiful story
My Angel, My Hero tells the story of the author’s early life and gives voice to her parents’ stories as well. Her mother, “my angel," was a kind and compassionate nurse who worked hard to care and provide for her children. Her father, “my hero," fought in the second World War but developed PTSD and Schizophrenia and fought the mental illnesses for the rest of his life. The book also includes photos of the family, from the author’s mother as a young nurse and her father as a young soldier to her and her brother’s school pictures. I enjoyed reading about the family and their history, and I think it’s beautiful that the author memorialized her parents with this book. However, I would have really liked to hear more details about their story. While the author could have elaborated on their lives, she chose instead to repeat many aspects of the story that were already told earlier on. More details and context would’ve helped readers picture and relate to the family more. It would have also given us more insight into the “angel” in the author’s mother and the “hero” in her father. The writing itself meandered and repeated itself and could’ve used a few rounds of edits for clarity and to remove redundancies. Still, merit can be found in the style in that it made the story feel as if the author and I had sat down over a cup of coffee and she had told it to me as she would’ve told it without debating over what to say, how to say it, and whether to include something or not. In the end, the light and life of her parents shines through. They were loving and godly people with a story that needed to be told. Now it’s here in the form of My Angel, My Hero. Please note that I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author. All thoughts and opinions expressed are completely my own, and I was not required to leave a positive review.
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