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Love, Loss & Life Lessons: A Memoir of Cross-cultural Rift, Reconciliation & Ripple Effects

Love, Loss & Life Lessons: A Memoir of Cross-cultural Rift, Reconciliation & Ripple Effects [Kindle Edition]

Camille Parker

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When her minor children are snatched from her custody and whisked to Nigeria by their father on his first visitation with them following an acrimonious divorce, a mother is left to make sense of the betrayal and to determine a course of action in response. In her memoir, the author uses journal entries and correspondence – before the advent of e-mail, texts, and tweets – to tell the story of her attempt to recover from a destructive marriage and to bring the children home, while trying to create a life for herself separate and apart from them, in the face of overwhelming despair.

About the Author

CAMILLE PARKER, Ed.D, worked for 20 years to assist survivors of domestic abuse and single parents to forge better lives for themselves and their children through education and training. Now retired, she lives in California.

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  • Print Length: 162 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1499339690
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love, Loss & Life Lessons: A Memoir of Cross-Cultural Rift, Reconciliation & Ripple Effects 9 Sep 2014
By Linda Gonder - Published on
A must read that cannot be put down because of the need to know how things will unfold.

Often we are blinded by love, and do not really see the real person. Often we make excuses for a person's actions; we are too quick to forgive a person; we give a person too many chances to right a wrong. Until we finally take off the blindfold will we see a person for what they truly are.

In Love, Loss & Life Lessons, Dr. Parker writes brilliantly about some of the most difficult challenges in life we can face; how we must gather our fortitude to become fearless in our mission to accomplish what we must in order to survive, what we must do for the sake of ourselves, our sanity, our well-being, and our future.

5.0 out of 5 stars Heartbreaking, truthfull, and moving. 23 July 2014
By Gary Graves - Published on
This is a very moving, heartbreaking account of a family shattered by complex, heart-wrenching circumstances. No villains, and no heroes in this memoir. Instead, we follow a tale from youth to maturity, from love to loss, through reunion, and ongoing struggles. The writing is rich, sensitive, evocative and accomplished. It's a difficult journey, but one well-worth the travail, if you're looking for a brutally honest account of the breakup of a marriage, and a first hand account of what it's like to have your children stolen away, and spirited off to a distant land. As with the tale of Humpty Dumpty, however, putting the pieces back together again proves to be perhaps the greatest challenge of all.
5.0 out of 5 stars Camille Parker's excellent writing ability is exemplified in "Love 21 July 2014
By Robin - Published on
Camille Parker's excellent writing ability is exemplified in "Love, Loss & Life Lessons." Her memoir is about courage, strength, love, perseverance and dedication to connecting the head with the heart. She intuitively knew the right actions at the right moments. Many times while reading her heartfelt words, I cried out loud because in telling her story she has successfully made it possible for readers to relate their own life experiences to hers, gaining understanding and learning ways to achieve lifelong goals and follow one's dreams. She never gave up, not once that I can recall. Even though parts of the book were heartwrenching, I am came away with a renewed sense of strength and hope.
5.0 out of 5 stars Creating forgiveness... 30 Aug 2014
By Salene_S - Published on
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From a memoir's perspective, our author, a lifelong writer, courageously takes us on her journey.

Her education opens doors to opportunities made irresistibly intriguing by distant cultures. Then unforeseeable pain comes with the abduction of her children and shattering relationships. As so richly detailed from her journals, a harrowing search ensues, first to reunite her family, then continues towards emotional mending.

In her story, we find the hope to live through the most devastating of circumstances and then beyond. She creates the wisdom-seasoned forgiveness born out of compassion for others and, in no small part, a compassion for self.
5.0 out of 5 stars Just when you think... 15 Oct 2014
By Lana M. Roderick - Published on
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I was drawn to this book as I had worked with it's author. And while I didn't know Ms. Parker well, I soon realized I didn't know her at all. So many things became apparent as my reading continued. I was held captive to it's many endings. I felt surprise, worry, fear, compassion, and astonishment at her strength, all in just 150 pages. This is a testament to what a woman can endure and still come out on top. Camille Parker is a hero and I commend her for sharing her story. It's a quick, captivating read that you will not want to put down until you have finished and then it will continue to hold you captive while you digest it's content. WOW!
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