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Review of My Dad's Ashes

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[Following is an official review of "My Dad's Ashes" by Laura Hughes.]
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3 out of 4 stars
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My Dad's Ashes by Laura Hughes is a memoir the author wrote after her dad's death. Laura delves into her life in a wealthy, privileged family before and after her dad adopts her. Laura was only six months old when her biological father, Dick, abandoned her family after getting their 16-year-old babysitter pregnant. Left alone with three small children and enormous marital debt, she was desperate for help, and Walter fell madly in love with her. They were married when Laura was two years old, her brother, Richard, was four, and her sister, Ann, was nine. Four years later, her brother, Bryce, was born. Laura loved her new little brother, would do anything for him, and vowed always to be there for him. It sounds like everything was perfect in Laura's life, right? Unfortunately, Laura's life was not perfect, and as she grew up, she learned many secrets and learned to keep secrets of her own. To learn more, read this emotional book of lies, secrets, betrayals, abuse, and deceit. As the author states at the beginning of the book, this is "her story, her life, but not her shame."

This emotional book has many positive aspects. Laura Hughes has done a fantastic job in describing her family members and friends. I could feel her hurt, rejection, and lack of self-worth being raised in a dysfunctional family where she never experienced a mother's love, kiss, and hug. The author shows a deep understanding of the theory of nature versus nurture in her writing of this book. Individuals are born with specific characteristics, but life experiences and influences may teach you to have many other features. I enjoyed the tidbits Laura shared. One example is that Salmon P. Chase is on the $10,000 bill.

The main aspect of this book that I disliked was that I had to put it down to stop crying for Laura Hughes and her family. Another negative aspect is that the PDF version I read is in draft format with editorial blocks on the side of the pages. I recommend that readers obtain a final copy of the book that does not include the editorial blocks.

Unfortunately, I have no option but to give this fascinating book 3 out of 4 stars because it has not been professionally edited. A professional editor would have found over ten mistakes in this book. I have no reason to give this book a lower rating because I enjoyed reading it, and it has a smooth-flowing plot that kept me intrigued.

I recommend this book to mature readers of memoirs. I do not recommend it to younger or sensitive readers because of the content of non-borderline profanity, child abuse, rape, murder, inappropriate student and teacher relationships, and alcohol and drug abuse. Laura's family was not religious, and the little bit of religious content will probably not be offensive to anyone. However, you may want to avoid this book if you have no religious tolerance.

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Post by Ada Chris »

Laura's life is filled with what seems like a lot of disappointment. it is so sad that her biological father abandoned her and her family. finding out all the secrets that Laura has to stomach will surely be an interesting past time. But the issue about the editing is a bummer. hopefully the author gets to fix it.
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Post by Marvel+123 »

Sometimes, I wonder why adults who promised forever would come to a point where they would think of quitting. Feel so bad for laura. Nice review.
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Post by Ikechukwu+12345 »

Laura story is sad one, going through all of that as little child is so pathetic. Thanks for a detailed review.
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Post by julietmumbua23 »

The book is profound and personal. Great review.
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Post by kajal31 »

I love to read memoirs. This one also sounds interesting. Laura's story seems to be sad because of how he had to bear all the things as a child and her biological father also abondoned her. The story seems to be interesting, but the editing part needs to be done by the author. Thank you for your great review.
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Post by Cheryl Cubresis »

Through all the trials she been through it might be that's the reason how stronger she is.
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Post by Profeddy05 »

I am not really a fan of memoirs. However this sounds as uplifting as it is sad. Great review.
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Post by Sogzy d_Optimist »

Everyone has their own story to tell. This book is about Laura's story, and I think hers is a sad one. I feel sorry for her.
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Post by Mrs D O »

As the author states at the beginning of the book, this is "her story, her life, but not her shame."
Too right! The shame is well and truly with the perpetrators (no matter how much they try to blame victims). I acknowledge the author's courage for disclosing her experiences.
I admire your responsibly written review about a book containing so many sensitive issues Bertha Jackson. You have also shared how emotional it is to read and made considerate recommendations about readership. Thank you.
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Post by Uwe Neufeld »

I love emotional memoirs. Too bad it has so much profanity and violence. The title of the book also is kind of negative.
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Post by Richard Azubike »

I love how religious contents were added to the book, I really loved that as a Christian. Thank you for your review
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