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Loving Natalee: A Mother's Testament of Hope and Faith

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2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

Compelling and Revealing

Exceptionally well written with new shocking details revealed. Finally the truth about Aruba's 'investigation' comes to light. There are many heartfelt passages which chronicle the pain and frustration of courageous Beth Holloway, who only seeks answers and justi...
Exceptionally well written with new shocking details revealed. Finally the truth about Aruba's 'investigation' comes to light. There are many heartfelt passages which chronicle the pain and frustration of courageous Beth Holloway, who only seeks answers and justice. Many questions come to mind, such as, 'Why did Aruba wait ten days to arrest the last persons seen with Natalee?' and 'Why did police fail to collect important forensic evidence at the start of the case?' Highly recommend.

posted by Anonymous on October 9, 2007

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1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

Important message for young travelers, but book lacks substance by not correcting her public false statements.

What an interesting story Beth tells in her book. The problem I am having is based on some of what I know her stories differed in many instances from what she has told previously. That is what has plagued this case, so many stories, what to believe? Most people however...
What an interesting story Beth tells in her book. The problem I am having is based on some of what I know her stories differed in many instances from what she has told previously. That is what has plagued this case, so many stories, what to believe? Most people however, will read this and feel her pain. And there is nothing wrong with that. Because after reading this book I do believe that the Aruban authorities in many instances were not doing all they could for Natalee's family. If even half of the incidents are true that Beth writes about, regarding those first few days, it is really a sad tale for any parent to have to deal with, if their child is missing. I certainly came away from certain parts of the book quite unsettled over what they faced down there. So, that part of the book I will give Beth the benefit of the doubt about, in regard to law enforcement. Beth and Dave have many good reasons to be outraged! Everyone has to be careful though where we allow our precious young people to travel. Many, many places, not just Aruba, are also incapable of handling such a disappearance. When one travels out of the United States, you have to realize that you are beyond the protection of our government, so you make that decision before you go, not after, trouble arises. There is so much about the book that just does not seem to ring quite true to the Beth we saw nightly on TV. It makes you wonder, what she is up to now? I have a feeling, based on the way this book was written, she does have some deviously, interesting plans in her future (perhaps a new religious career). I think they are much grander than her hastily created 'safe travels' organization. For me though, she really offers nothing for what she thinks happened to Natalee, other than the rehash of those statements, which she has been referencing for years now. And what do we know for sure about them? Were they signed, were they legit, what were the questions asked to get the answers stated, do we know anything about any of that? No, and neither does Beth, for sure. She is still going down the same road that has led to nothing so far, same old 'original perpetrators' and the 'going in and out of consciousness,' (a phrase she made up out of whole cloth) that we have been hearing forever! She also fails to mention the Skeeters recordings and explain how she heard things that clearly were not there to be heard. In my opinion, she needed to deal with some of that, since it was what she seemed so outraged about for almost a year. So, no revelations at all regarding the case! In the summer of 2005, she said she had information that would shock the world. I am still waiting! And Beth still does not seem to want to deal with her daughter's own partying in Aruba, which at this stage has been well documented by the other Mountain Brook teens. Does Beth still not understand that when Natalee began the day with Red Fires for breakfast, that she didn't need to have Joran or the Kalpoes to force strange drinks laced with anything down her throat 14 or more hours later? She showed that she was totally capable of that on her own. Beth, of course, knows all of this (it is well documented). And based on the the way she wrote this book, it is apparent, she still does not wish for the truth, as far as Natalee goes, to be told. That does not however, mean that Natalee deserved anything bad to happen to her! I have always felt very badly for the loss of Natalee, as a parent we all should. It is very sad. I cannot say whether people should read this book or not. I did, because I have been following this case since day one and I needed to see for my own eyes what Beth now thinks. I was surprised to see that Beth didn't mention boycotting Aruba, although she has called for it publicly. Her public tactic lately has been not to mention it... maybe she has been advised not to (that's not forgiving enough, I guess for her new religious tactic). I would have like to have seen her di

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 9, 2007

    Compelling and Revealing

    Exceptionally well written with new shocking details revealed. Finally the truth about Aruba's 'investigation' comes to light. There are many heartfelt passages which chronicle the pain and frustration of courageous Beth Holloway, who only seeks answers and justice. Many questions come to mind, such as, 'Why did Aruba wait ten days to arrest the last persons seen with Natalee?' and 'Why did police fail to collect important forensic evidence at the start of the case?' Highly recommend.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2007

    Insight

    This book gives you insight that you might not of seen on the news. Its the real story, and from Her Mothers point of view. I did not know a lot of the details learned from this book, yet I followed the case very closely. I will never travel back to Aruba, because of what I have learned. My heart goes out the Beth and Matt and everyone else affected.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 9, 2007

    A Loving Tribute in the Face of Tragedy

    I thought this was a beautiful, loving tribute to a daughter lost in a senseless tragedy. This is a story of how true faith in the Lord triumphs over EVIL that pervades our daily world. True-this could happen to anyone's daughter and what a gift Beth Holloway gives us in warning others about the dangers of travels to other countries. I have been to Aruba and was at the Carlos and Charlie's bar just 3 months prior to when Natalie Holloway was there. After reading this book, I will never set foot in Aruba again and I will tell everyone I know of my decision. No mother should have to go through what Beth Holloway and her family have suffered.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 5, 2007

    Natalee and Beth I pray for you!

    I have written letters to Beth and sent her presents. I know that doesn't help bring her daughter back. This is a great book. You should read it. I hope this book gets out to the people that heart her and makes them feel even worse. I will never go to Aruba.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 16, 2007

    A MUST READ FOR ANYONE CONSIDERING INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL

    Loving Natalee is a riveting true story of a mother's love and dedication to finding her kidnapped daughter on the island of Aruba. In this true account of Beth Holloway's horrifying encounters with a corrupt infrastructure that seeks to conceal from public view the violence inflicted upon Beth's daughter, Natalee as a means of avoiding negative publicity that might negatively impact tourism dollars to the island, Beth Holloway encounters corrupt police officials whose notion of law enforcement, led to slanderous accusations hurled at the victim, Natalee, her parents, her friends, even the FBI, while Natalee's parents were painfully ignored in their repeated pleas for help from Aruban island officials. Despite clear facts of suspicious evidence pointing to the three men eye witnessed as taking Natalee Holloway away, Aruban police instead pursued the arrests of two innocent black security guards, while creating opportunities for the real suspects to destroy evidence, rehearse false statements, destroy all traces of Natalee, and laywer up. This gripping true story will forever change the way you look at international travel, while providing a treasure of painful and frightening lessons concerning the infrastructure in Aruba, the painful truths about the island, gripping lessons suffered by Natalee's family, and safety tips offered by the author from a vacation turned into a nightmare from hell, for a beloved daughter, that Beth Holloway has not seen, since Natalee visited Aruba over two and a half years ago. To this day, police have failed to hold responsible, the men implicated in numerous lie-statements and conflicting reports concerning what they did to Natalee Holloway, while a confession made by one of the suspects to the killing and burial of Natalee was then retracted by police officials, and ignored as evidence. Amidst changed statements, numerous lies, and what appears to involve corrupt conduct on the part of law enforcement officials, - a corruption admitted to by one high ranking tourism official, no one to this day, has ever been held responsible for the disappearance of Natalee Holloway while the privileged sons of Dutch and island officials, believed to be involved in crimes that involved targetting Natalee, were permitted to lie repeatedly in their statements to police, and then allowed to go free. This book will forever change how you look at international travel, while the author provides generous insights for the reader to consider about how travel destinations are chosen, through the chilling realization that once you leave United States borders, you are at the mercy of the infrastructure of the nation that you visit. When that infrastructure involves corrupt police and judiciary officials, the notion of safety is seriously challenged, as the reader realizes that safety in travel is viable, only when integrity to law enforcement is a value operative within the infrastructure of the destination point to which one travels. Loving Natalee is a beautifully written and profoundly moving book, that every family with young children should read! Loving Natalee's message is for young and old alike: for mothers and daughters, fathers and sons, grandparents, business travelers, and young people everywhere. If coming home from your vacation, is something that matters to you or your loved ones, then reading this book is a must!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 21, 2007

    Should every child be so blessed to have such a couragous mother

    This book was amazing! Ask yourself, what would you do if this happend to your child. It is inexcusable how this investigation was handled. It is remarkable how this family fought for their child. I don't care if Natlie drank herself silly, no one has the right to violate, harm, abuse, murder another human being. Shame on Aruba for the mental anguish, the abuse, the threats, this family was dealt. I will NEVER travel there or any island close to it.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 4, 2007

    a must buy if you are a mom or dad

    this story is wonderful for moms and dads and even teens should read..to show that when we go outside our country we need to keep our mind in tacked..i will say one thing i will never go to this aruba and will tell other not to either..it doesnt seem that when you need help the most there you dont get it...i dont agree with the other reviewer on how its a sham and it all for the money..get real..everyone can have there own view on this but just the fact that she is a mother looking for answers and cant even get cops to do anything and when they do they stumble anlong through it...and to say that a crime didnt even happen umm...id say her baby is missing is a big crime and the guys who were last with her lied to cops is a crime...over all this book should be read with open hearts..this is written by a mother just looking for answers...this is a must buy..lets find what happen to natalee whatever the answer maybe

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 27, 2007

    scary

    A sad warning of what can happen on a graduation celebration when the amount of corruption at the destination vacation is unknown. Could happen to any of us and change our lives forever. Be informed.

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