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Diary of a Stage Mother's Daughter: A Memoir

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17 out of 17 people found this review helpful.

Melissa Francis, childhood star of Little House on the Prairie,

Melissa Francis, childhood star of Little House on the Prairie, writes a book about her life growing up with a stage mother. Having been an actress her whole life with her mom there every step made growing up anything but normal for Melissa. Between missing school fo...
Melissa Francis, childhood star of Little House on the Prairie, writes a book about her life growing up with a stage mother. Having been an actress her whole life with her mom there every step made growing up anything but normal for Melissa. Between missing school for auditions and her mother’s crazy mood swings her childhood was very emotional and challenging.

Not remembering Melissa Francis from Little House on the Prairie, I was not sure how much I would enjoy reading her story. I was very happily surprised by how much of her story really was about her mother and older sister, Tiffany. This was not a story only about Little House on the Prairie, this is a story about a mother who would only accept a perfect child and a picture perfect life and the kids that had to grow up with that mother.

Immediately I despised Melissa’s stage mother. How could a mother ever treat her daughters as she had? I do believe that she felt she was doing the absolute best for the girls, but nothing is further from the truth. As a mother myself, I would hope my kids would never feel the fear and pity Melissa and Tiffany felt towards their mother.

I loved following Melissa through her childhood journey to adulthood. My heart broke at her youth, getting put down and beat up one minute and the built up the next minute. I find it amazing that she made it to adulthood and to a normal adulthood with a successful career. It truly shows the strength Melissa has.

If you read this hoping for the inside scoop on Little House on the Prairie you will be disappointed. If you read the looking for a heartwarming and sometimes sad story about a young girl breaking away from her sometimes cruel mother and becoming a successful journalist, mother, wife and woman you will love this story as much as I did.

posted by CharlotteLynnsReviews on November 13, 2012

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5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

Illuminating

Give it a few chapters and the juvenile writing steps up a notch. The story in itself is compelling. As a big fan of Little House on the Prairie I remembered the scenes that Melissa describes and she really was so cute and a fine little actor. Her personal story is h...
Give it a few chapters and the juvenile writing steps up a notch. The story in itself is compelling. As a big fan of Little House on the Prairie I remembered the scenes that Melissa describes and she really was so cute and a fine little actor. Her personal story is harrowing, though. Melissa writes very convincingly of her struggle with an ultra-abusive, manipulative mother and a weak father who apparently cannot see his daughters are being hit and kicked out of cars by their own mother - let alone save them. He does not stand up to this mother and yet he is a successful business who chose the entrepreneur route because he could not take orders; somehow, though, he is so helpless and weak under his wife. A bit contradictory but the mother is a real monster. I felt so very badly for Melissa and her sister Tiffany but it was also clear that Melissa had a special inner strength from her earliest days and that strength carried her through. She was awake the the wrong that was her mother and she knew she had the power to stop that family cycle.

posted by TwistOfFaith on December 3, 2012

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    Posted January 31, 2013

    I LOVE U SWEETHEART AND WE ALL WILL LOVE TIFFANY FOREVER. I FORG

    I LOVE U SWEETHEART AND WE ALL WILL LOVE TIFFANY FOREVER. I FORGIVE YOU, MISSY... MOM

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  • Posted December 3, 2012

    I was a friend of the Francis family when Missy was on Little Ho

    I was a friend of the Francis family when Missy was on Little House and knew her parents and family very well. I was often invited to dinner for Holidays. I resent Melissa painting her mother out to be a "Deena Lohan." Mother Vinny never pushed the kids often turning the car around and missing an audition when Missy said she didn't feel like it today. Father was very successful and didn't need the money. Missy took off to Harvard in a new BMW with cash in her pocket. I resent the hurt and pain this must have caused her wonderful mother and father. Figures she ended up on FOX where money rules!!! Tony Falcone

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