Pale Rider, believe me, I don't exactly travel in celebrity circles! So, no, I'm not a "friend of Eric's," and after reading this book, uh, I wouldn't want to be! Even though Pattie is quite kind to him (she really is a gracious person), he still comes off as monstrous.
If you re-read my review, you'll see I gave the book 4 stars and recommended it.
I agree with you that this is, at its essence, an inspirational story and Pattie is a survivor indeed. To me, the real value of this book is seeing Pattie ditch her role as codependent and abuse victim and build a happy new life for herself. Quite a feat, considering she suffered abuse going all the way back to her miserable childhood.
I think Pattie is a fantastic person, but yes, I'm disappointed in the book. But I fault Pattie's cowriter, not Pattie. I'm sorry that after reading Wonderful Today I don't feel I now understand Pattie more fully. (I neglected to mention my other big beef re: Junor: this book jumps around in time too much; at times, it's hard to be certain which year it is, etc.)
Again, I would love to see a film based on this book; I'd love to see Pattie's story told with more detail and vibrancy. I certainly respect Pattie's right to not divulge any especially ugly moments in graphic detail (she's had enough pain), but I do wish she'd shared more.
Once again, I DO recommend this book. Despite its faults, it's great to see the lovely woman at the center of this epic rock story make her voice be heard at long last, after letting two powerful men define her for so many years.