I really enjoy books about moms and daughters, so I was very excited to read this book by Kimberly Williams-Paisley. You may recognize her from her Father of the Bride fame, or the fact that she is married to Brad Paisley, or if you were a Nashville television show fan like me, she had a small recurring role for a while. Now she is an author of this wonderful memoir about her life and her mom who was diagnosed with an early onset dementia called Primary Progressive Aphasia (or PPA).
This book is full of stories of Kimberly growing up, her parents, siblings, and a mix of good and bad things that happened to her. One of my favorite parts included Kimberly talking about seeing her therapist...
"Everybody I've ever met has had some sort of issue with one or both of their parents. It's what keeps therapists employed.... Karen and I didn't harp too much on the past. We talked a lot about moving forward. Turn anger into compassion, and fear into faith, she told me... For a long time, it was my mantra."
I do not believe a perfect child/parent relationship exists. All relationships are hard especially when feelings, emotions, and actions are put into play. I thoroughly enjoyed reading how Kimberly has started to come to terms with her mother's diagnosis. She is a better daughter, wife, mom, and friend with all she has learned through this. I am thankful she wrote this book and will definitely pass in along to friends whose parents are diagnosed with any illness.
*I received this book in exchange for my review. Opinions are mine.*