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It Rains In February: A Wife's Memoir of Love and Loss: Volume 1 Paperback – 24 Oct 2011

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  • Paperback: 246 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (24 Oct. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 146376359X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1463763596
  • Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 1.6 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,380,624 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Leila Summers is an author, coach and entrepreneur with a love for all things creative and human. She lives in South Africa with her two daughters and animal friends. As a book publishing and promotion coach, her forte is advising, inspiring, and assisting fellow writers and creatives to realize their full potential and authentically spread the word about their wonderful talents. Leila is also a licensed Heal your Life® practitioner who assists others in their personal growth and in learning to love themselves and live their best life. She has always had a passion for storytelling. It Rains In February: A Wife's Memoir of Love and Loss is her first book. She is busy writing her second memoir.

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I love biographies, in fact it is the only genre of books I read so have read loads during my time and this is definately one of the best.

Leila writes in a completely different style to most books, she is writing to her husband (think it's called the second person) which I think is quite genius.

I have the greatest empathy and respect for the writer because I myself lost my partner just under a year ago who had his own demons to battle. Since his death it has felt like a relief as the grieving started before he passed away and unless someone has experienced that themselves, will never really understand what surviving partners have been through. So although it may seem like we have found it easy to just carry on, it's only because we have suffered greatly beforehand.

Anyway back to the book and author. Leila (Robyn) wanted to do this memoir for her daughters as it is so tragic for them to lose their dad while they were very young. The book documents very compassionately what life was like during her husband (stuart) illness and the events immediately after his death. At times I felt so angry and frustrated for Robyn and wish she'd just put her foot down a bit more, especially over his love and obsession with another woman (Amanda).

It is a must read for everybody, it's not a sob wallowing feeling-sorry-for-myself story. It will also be rather educational to those who are a bit naive to the illness of depression and suicide.

I'd love a part II to this book to see what Robyn and her girls are up to in a few years. Perhaps chapters from the girls could be included.
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I couldn't wait to read "It Rains in February".

As a friend of the Author and as someone who had left South Africa prior to "Stuarts" death, I was not there during the time period that the book covers, I could only imagine what Leila was experiencing from the huge distance between us. I was keen for the book to "fill in the gaps" of a period of time that I missed and I hoped in reading it that I would be able to understand what had happened in the lives of my dear friends.

This is the first time and most likely the only time that will have read a book that concerns real life events of people that I know and love and I am in awe of Leila's strength and resilience not only in living through such an extended period of trauma, but in having the courage and resolve to put it in writing. I couldn't put it down and found myself laughing along with Leila at those tiny elements of her story that allowed humour and the sheer familiarity of what her text was describing, and crying at the sadness and raw pain that she and those precious to her and Stuart had to endure.

As sad as it is to "re-live" Stuarts death, I know that the writing of this book heralds a new start for Leila, Jane and Rose and I know that they have been healed not only through the passage of time but also through their sheer strength and quest to find a positive outcome from what was such a tragic loss of an astonishingly talented and beautiful man.

Please don't let the subject matter of Leila's story put you off of reading what is one family's story of love, loss and recovery.

He would have been so proud of you Leila and I hope as you move from your beloved Durban home so lovingly described in the book, that you can truly start that "country life" that you dreamed of!
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Thank you for sharing this incredible memoir. I can really empathise with all of your story, and although as a reader I could take a slightly detached view, I was overwhelmed by the emotion and strength of character in your writing.
I suspect that many people can relate to some aspects of your book and therefore will have a lot to learn from your experiences.
I commend you on your tenacity and ability.
Well written, well thought out, and well worth reading.
Thanks again.
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This book is the heart-breaking story of the way a wife copes with her husband's infidelity and depression. The book is engaging from the first page and despite being an autobiographical account, there is no self-indulgence or self-pity. The book is very sad, but I would highly recommend it.
The author's bravery, determination and endurance has stayed with me.

R.J. Heald, editor of Five Stop Story: Short Stories to Read in 5 Stops on Your Commute
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I am so in awe of the strength of the author, the depth of her love for her husband and children, many would have walked away and left Stuart to his own devices after he declares his love for Amanda. This is in a way a happy ending as the book allows the author to release all the emotions she has fought through out to keep hidden for the sake of the children and from fear of pushing Stuart to the edge. A story of love, tragedy and illness. I am sure many more will read.
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By Alistokes on 23 Jun. 2012
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This is an amazing story, well writen and compulsive! I know it is an over used phrase but it was "unputdownable". Tough topic but sensitively handled and bravely told. Great insight into a much misunderstood subject of suicide. You get to know the main characters so well that i feel i know them. Well done Leila and your girls, as this isnt just one persons story.
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