It Rains In February: A Wife's Memoir of Love and Loss: Volume 1 Paperback – 24 Oct 2011
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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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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!
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.
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
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I’m not surprised this book has won an award, it was brilliantly written. It also sent shivers down my spine as I was in Durban when it all took place and many of the scenes... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Books R Best
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This book is really interesting. I love true stories. This opened a new world to see inside. Sad aswell. Fully enjoyed it.Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
This is such a well written book and I can only commend the author on her bravery which is unbelievable. Suicide is still such a stigma but she explores it with empathy.Published 18 months ago by Kindle Customer
I read this book and felt for the family and the suffering they all went through. Powerful and truthful and a sad reality that people do suffer like this.Published on 30 Mar. 2014 by Jooly
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