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Posted January 18, 2012
Reviewed by Brenda Ballard for Readers FavoriteWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Todd and Kristen met, dated, fell in love and became the closest two people can be. They traveled, laughed, snuggled and enjoyed each other as individuals. Their wedding was memorable and beautiful as it should be. Brooke came along nine months after they began considering having a child. She was the love of their life and the mark of a change in dynamics for the couple. Struggling to regain what once was there, Kristen is at her wit's end and behaves badly for a while. Then, just when she realized the error in her ways, her beloved Todd suddenly and unexpectedly dies of a heart attack in the night of her sister's wedding. Everyone whose heart Todd touched is in total shock.
This book is one woman's journey from anger and disbelief, through the gamut of grief, to survival and moving forward. A gut-wrenching journey of loss so great that the heart might not stand it but somehow Kristen finds her inner strength not just to carry on but to share with others.
Two women I went to school with became widows around the same age as Kristen. As I read "The Best Worst Thing", I thought often of those families and the struggles they went through and will face in the future. This is a book of truth, sorrow, joy, and empowerment. I believe that anybody who has a hole left in their heart, the remnants of their loved one passing, will identify with Kristen and her journey. Fair warning: Do not read unless you have tissues nearby!
Posted September 13, 2011
Kristen K. Brown has it all, until one day when she wakes up to find herself a widow. Not wanting to be what she calls a "sad mom", she sets out to turn her negatives into positives. What follows is this memoir of her journey from the very real edge of despair to a successful, even joyous life that she created.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
From surfing to "getting inked", starting her own business (which takes her to Hollywood), with sheer determination, she becomes the ultimate role model. Her book is inspirational, but her life is a tribute to what a woman and a mother can do when she is faced with serious life decisions. This book is also confirmation as to what love can do, and does.
Posted July 19, 2011
Highly recommended and genuinely moving memoir
How can "The Best Worst Thing" change your life forever? Kristen K. Brown tells her very emotional tale of love, tragedy and loss, and the re-birth of her life in this newly published story. She relates her tale of meeting and loving her dear husband, Todd, and how their journey at first seemed as timeless and ordinary as the next couple's, but ended just in six short years time as an unknown heart condition destroyed their tranquility. Follow her story as she faces the grief of her loss, the daunting job of being a single parent, and the re-emergence of herself as she finds what in life makes her feel whole again. This was a very emotional read for me. I can't imagine the over-whelming grief that this author has gone through and to come out in a completely happy place is just wonderful. Her writing style is so honest and every-day that you can really get to know her and I thoroughly enjoyed that. I would highly recommend this story to anyone looking for an inspirational memoir that is genuinely tragic but uplifiting in the end. This book was kindly provided to me by it's wonderful author for my honest review.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 5, 2011
A great read by a terrific new writer!
Once I picked this book up, I did not stop reading until I got to the end late that same night. Kristen's story is both heartbreaking and uplifting. I cried and then cheered for Kristen as she peered over the edge and found the strength to turn around and make her new life work. As a Mom of two girls, her utter focus on being a positive role model for her daughter is a great reminder of how we should think every day, not only when tragedy strikes. Her honesty about her daily struggles is refreshing. Through this book, Kristen not only keeps Todd's memory alive for her daughter, but for everone who is impacted by their story.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 28, 2011
How To Mend A Broken Heart
"The Best Worst Thing", by Kristen K. Brown, is the story of a 34-year-old widow, mother, author and entrepreneur, who has found a way to deal with tragedy and manage the stress that goes along with it.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Kristen Brown found herself a young widowed mother when her husband died of a heart attack at the age of 30. Kristen experienced feelings of grief, regret, denial and anger as she struggled to survive the days following her husband's death.
This is a true story of love, loss, rebirth and self-discovery. This book is an amazing journey through the grief process and into a new life of acceptance and happiness.
It was hard to put this book down. Kristen really opened her heart and exposed her inner-most feelings. Most of us can't imagine what it would be like to lose a spouse at such a young age. This book will teach you how to mend a broken heart. Healing and acceptance is what this book is all about. A very good read.
Posted June 24, 2011
A MUST READ!
There are so many different things to get out of this book it is a must-read for anyone entertaining the pursuit of happiness. Kristen makes an incredible transformation after the tragedy of losing her husband much too young. Read for a new perspective on marriage, grief, parenthood, career, stress, depression, chasing your dreams, and living outside your comfort zone. This book is a life-changer. You will laugh and cry--hard, and you won't want to put it down.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 29, 2011
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Posted June 3, 2011
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