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Nancy's Notes - September 3, 2015

"Just What Kind of Mother Are You?” by Paula Daly, “Elle & Coach: Diabetes, the Fight For My Daughter’s Life, and the Dog Who Changed Everything” by Stefany Shaheen, “If I Could Turn Back Time” by Beth Harbison.

        Yesterday I finished the book, “Just What Kind of Mother Are You?”, by Paula Daly. It was a good, fast read. There was an unpredictable twist or two in the story, which makes it kind of fun. Lisa Kallisto is doing her best to juggle the demands in her life. She works fulltime running an animal shelter, cares for her three children, and worries that her husband isn't getting enough attention. During a very hectic week, Lisa loses track of her obligations, and her whole world descends into a nightmare. Her best friend's thirteen-year-old daughter goes missing, and it's all Lisa's fault. Wracked with guilt over her mistake, and having been publicly blamed, Lisa sets out to right her wrong. But as she begins digging beneath the surface, Lisa learns that everything is not quite what it first appears to be.
        Stefany Shaheen has written, “Elle & Coach: Diabetes, the Fight For My Daughter’s Life, and the Dog Who Changed Everything”. It is the story of hope for a family who’s critically ill daughter finds help from a service dog. Elle was eight-years-old when she was diagnosed with type I diabetes. Without constant monitoring she could face dire consequences or even death. She needed to check her blood sugar with a finger prick, ten times per day. When her levels began to drop without warning in the middle of the night Stefany would lay awaked worrying. Then they heard stories about medic-alert dogs and they decided to give a dog a try.
        Have you ever wondered what would happen if you could have a “do over” in life, knowing what you now know. That is the topic in Beth Harbison’s, “If I Could Turn Back Time”. Thirty-seven year old Ramie Phillips has led a successful life. She made her fortune and now she hob nobs with the very rich and somewhat famous, and she enjoys luxuries she only dreamed of as a kid growing up in Potomac, Maryland. But despite it all, she can't ignore the fact that she isn't necessarily happy. Lately Ramie has begun to feel more than a little empty. On a boat with friends off the Florida coast, she tries to fight her feelings of discontent with hard liquor. No one notices when she gets up and goes to the diving board and dives off. Suddenly Ramie is waking up, hearing her mother’s voice in the background: "Wake up! You're going to be late for school again. I'm not writing a note this time." Ramie finds herself back on the eve of her eighteenth birthday, with a second chance to see the people she's lost and change the choices she regrets.
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