Official Review: Letters From Home: I Loved Ya Before I E...

Please use this sub-forum to discuss any non-fiction books such as autobiographies or political commentary books.
Forum rules
You must limit each topic thread in this section to only one book or only one series. Make the title of the topic the name of the book, and if possible also include the author's name. If you want to allow spoilers, you must include the word spoilers in the title of the topic, otherwise spoilers are prohibited.
Post Reply
User avatar
Posts: 173
Joined: 03 Jun 2017, 15:11
Currently Reading: Julu
Bookshelf Size: 72
Reviewer Page:
Latest Review: Tex Rickard: Boxing's Greatest Promoter by Mark Scott

Official Review: Letters From Home: I Loved Ya Before I E...

Post by Mindi » 17 Aug 2018, 05:22

[Following is an official review of "Letters From Home: I Loved Ya Before I Even Met Ya" by Barry K Free.]
Book Cover
4 out of 4 stars
Share This Review

I recently had the privilege of reading a novel by Barry K. Free, Letters From Home: I Loved Ya Before I Even Met Ya. This novel is a true story about Barry's emotional experience with losing his wife Cheryl. It is written in the form of letters that he wrote to his grown children during the first several years after his wife passed away. He shared random thoughts with them of what life was like without their mother around, as well as many tales of how she had inspired him and others throughout her lifetime.

Barry divided his book into six parts which each covered a different stage of time in his life after Cheryl's death. He actually published an earlier version of the book which did not have the sixth part. After his first version gained some attention, he published a sixth part that contained some of his musings on events that had happened after he released the first book.

I have to highly commend Barry on his style of writing. Maybe it was because the letters were originally intended for his children, and this made the thoughts seem more real, but he has a way of describing his feelings that really catches the reader's attention. He was able to create the perfect blend of poignancy, inspiration, and even bits of humor at times. I found myself switching between laughing and crying several times because of how the intertwining of grief and amusement in life was so well portrayed. Because of his openness in his writing, it was easier to see into his soul. He was very expressive, and it felt like a close friend directly talking to you.

Near the beginning of the book, in his earlier letters, Barry mentioned the different stages of grief. I feel like he strongly experienced each of those stages as he continued to write these letters of his thoughts. At times, they may just seem like ramblings, but over the course of his reflections, I could detect that he was truly encountering the stages of grief.

As far as editing, the book was very well written. There were only a few grammar mistakes. I saw a word that should be capitalized, and occasionally there was a misplaced comma. Overall, though, everything was well-written, organized, and edited.

I give this book 4 out of 4 stars. I know many readers will be touched by reading it. I hope many will decide to check out this very moving account of Mr. Free's experience with loss.

Letters From Home: I Loved Ya Before I Even Met Ya
View: on Bookshelves

Like Mindi's review? Post a comment saying so!

User avatar
Ruba Abu Ali
Posts: 621
Joined: 01 Jul 2018, 09:47
Currently Reading:
Bookshelf Size: 85
Reviewer Page:
Latest Review: Unfinished business by Lacrecia Hillis

Post by Ruba Abu Ali » 18 Aug 2018, 05:24

I was deeply touched by the authenticity and the transparency of the book. Your review encouraged me to add this one to my reading list. Thanks for the honest and charming review. :tiphat:

User avatar
Sahani Nimandra
Bookshelves Moderator
Posts: 1746
Joined: 27 Nov 2017, 22:49
2019 Reading Goal: 100
2019 Reading Goal Completion: 5
2018 Reading Goal: 100
2018 Reading Goal Completion: 100
2017 Reading Goal: 5
2017 Reading Goal Completion: 5
Favorite Book: Harry Potter and The Sorceress Stone
Currently Reading: The Sparrow
Bookshelf Size: 590
Reviewer Page:
Latest Review: Insectual by Barbara Sala
Reading Device: Huawei

Post by Sahani Nimandra » 18 Aug 2018, 05:28

I admire the author's love for his wife. It may have been 6 years yet she still lives in his heart. Love as strong as this is very difficult to find yet very much admirable. Thank you for your descriptive review!
The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel, must be intolerably stupid! - Jane Austen :techie-studyingbrown:

User avatar
Posts: 1826
Joined: 08 Jun 2018, 22:16
Currently Reading:
Bookshelf Size: 152
Reviewer Page:
Latest Review: Joseff of Hollywood: Putting the Tinsel in Tinseltown by Michele Joseff

Post by Cecilia_L » 18 Aug 2018, 14:42

This seems like such a sweet legacy the author wrote for his children. I admire his devotion to his wife and family. Great review!

User avatar
Special Discussion Leader
Posts: 7014
Joined: 31 Dec 2016, 20:31
2019 Reading Goal: 95
2019 Reading Goal Completion: 17
2018 Reading Goal: 115
2018 Reading Goal Completion: 94
2017 Reading Goal: 100
2017 Reading Goal Completion: 94
Currently Reading: The Royal Trials
Bookshelf Size: 253
Reviewer Page:
Latest Review: The Fourteenth of September by Rita Dragonette

Post by kandscreeley » 20 Aug 2018, 12:08

Wow! This sounds like it would be awfully sweet and yet heartbreaking at the same time. I love my husband dearly and can't imagine my life without him. It would be interesting to see the author go through the stages of grief. Thanks for introducing this one to us. I'm just not sure I can handle this one right now, but I will keep it in mind for the future.
“There is no friend as loyal as a book.”
― Ernest Hemingway

User avatar
Eva Darrington
Previous Member of the Month
Posts: 1341
Joined: 18 Nov 2017, 11:21
2018 Reading Goal: 50
2018 Reading Goal Completion: 52
Currently Reading:
Bookshelf Size: 83
Reviewer Page:
Latest Review: Cocoon by Veronica Red

Post by Eva Darrington » 20 Aug 2018, 23:50

What a beautiful way to chronicle the stages of grief - through the letters. I think I would enjoy the range of emotion you describe in your review. It sounds like a great book all the way around. Thanks for the great review.
Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep. -Scott Adams
Latest Review: Cocoon by Veronica Red

Post Reply

Return to “Non-Fiction Books”