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Dear Martha, WTF?

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This is the memoirs of a young woman who seems to have everything but is questioning her existence.

For some reason I couldn't get into this book, it just wasn't my cup of tea. I might try to re-read it later. I don't normally like to give these types of reviews but I didn't finish this book, I adopted a new attitude that I wouldn't try to force myself to read something that I can't get into.

I would like to thank the publisher and NetGalley for providing me with a copy of this e-galley in exchange for my honest review.
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An often heartbreaking memoir written in an incredibly honest fashion.  
Thank you to Netgalley for an ARC of this memoir.  I recommend this book to others.
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I enjoyed a good deal of this book. There is too much discussion of the author’s sexual struggles for me, as it seems unnecessary to advance the story. Other than that, though, it is an interesting twist on the traditional memoir.
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This is not an easy review to write. The tragedy of losing both parents definitely evokes a lot of emotion; however, the entire book consists of a collection of fragmented memories, often rambling and bounces around from the present to the past but it seems that is the point, a reflection of never-ending grief. There was a definite repetition of similar memories. Several times I stopped and thought...didn't I read this already. I also found myself skipping over sections about the author's sex life or more specifically how much her husband wants to have sex with her. Basically, I felt lost throughout much of the book wondering why this particular flashback or memory was even relevant. Definitely a tough read because of the tragedy and the author's difficult time moving on.

Thanks to NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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Oh, what a sad book this was. 

I knew I was fully emotionally invested, when I missed my train stop completely... oops.

Dear Martha, WTF? talks about grief and takes us on a painful journey towards healing those beautiful hearts of ours. It made me cry but it also gave me hope. I found LaVoice's writing raw, honest and sometimes extremely painful. But there were certain funny parts in it as well. I love nature and I believe nature has an immense healing power. Reading about Martha made me take more woodland based walks and appreciate all those wise trees around me even more. 

Trigger warning: dealing with loss, death of a loved one, adult language.
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They say to save the best till last and that is certainly the case this month.  What a fantastic book chronicling a woman’s journey through life and grief.

Sometimes, it is the case that you happen to pick up a book at exactly the right point in time you need to read what it has to say.  That was the case for me with this one.  If you are a regular reader of my blog you will know that I lost my Grandma at the end of April.  The author of this book lost both her parents in an accident just after having her first child.  This book follows her through the rest of her life and how she deals (and often does not deal) with not having her parent’s in her life.  Through moving (often and cross country), having children, family ups and downs we see what her reaction is and how she manages. She shows the way her grief impacts on those around her, reflects on her faith and learns different coping mechanisms.

I just can’t do this book justice ad really do recommend a read.  It will definitely be on my favourite books of 2018 list.  If I told you that, in fact, Martha is a tree you would probably say – Natalie, WTF – but honestly, especially when dealing with your own grief after losing someone, whatever stage you are at, this book will say things that you can understand completely.
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Love this book! Loved everything about it.  I'm not usually a memoir person but this book was great! Thank you so much to Tricia for this book and thank you to Net Galley for the ARC
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Dear Martha, WTF is a journey of healing, and the guides on our path. 

We are not alone - we have community in friends, mentors, other women that we connect with on the periphery. These communities serve a purpose - to accompany us, to guide us, to strengthen us. 

The women that we meet at different stages of life each serve a different purpose, fill a different role. 
LaVoice takes us with her and you feel like you are a part of her journey. 

As a side note, after I finished the first chapter I called my mom and told her how much I loved her. And now I make more of an effort to appreciate the time I have with her, even doing things like the dishes. 
I don't know what other struggles the women in my life are going through, but I do better understand that just because it wasn't recent, doesn't mean it doesn't hurt.
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I loved this book,  The author takes us through her journey to live with the tragedy of her parents death.  How her journey impacted on other people both family and friends.  A honest look at her actions around the intervening years between.  Her struggle with her faith and her re connection with nature.

Please read!
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Deep,thoughtful and heartbreaking this book will stay with you long after you read the last page. 
Thank you to author, publisher and NetGalley for the chance to read this book. While I got the book for free, this had no bearing on the rating I gave it.
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