Ellen Who?: Story of a Secret Love Child

( 8 )

Overview

In her early thirties, Ellen discovered what she never knew: she was not her father's daughter; her real identity a guarded secret. She fought for her success, battled addictions, and raised two remarkable children alone in spite of the legacy of shame. For a secret love child, the toughest battle was within. Just when she thought all was conquered, there was one final revelation....

Clarion Review: "O'Neill’s writing is clear and crisp. The true hallmark of the book is her ...

See more details below
Paperback
$13.46
BN.com price
(Save 9%)$14.95 List Price

Pick Up In Store

Reserve and pick up in 60 minutes at your local store

Other sellers (Paperback)
  • All (9) from $5.52   
  • New (5) from $8.98   
  • Used (4) from $5.52   
Ellen Who? Story of a Secret Love Child

Available on NOOK devices and apps  
  • NOOK Devices
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 NOOK
  • NOOK HD/HD+ Tablet
  • NOOK
  • NOOK Color
  • NOOK Tablet
  • Tablet/Phone
  • NOOK for Windows 8 Tablet
  • NOOK for iOS
  • NOOK for Android
  • NOOK Kids for iPad
  • PC/Mac
  • NOOK for Windows 8
  • NOOK for PC
  • NOOK for Mac
  • NOOK for Web

Want a NOOK? Explore Now

NOOK Book (eBook)
$8.49
BN.com price
(Save 15%)$9.99 List Price

Overview

In her early thirties, Ellen discovered what she never knew: she was not her father's daughter; her real identity a guarded secret. She fought for her success, battled addictions, and raised two remarkable children alone in spite of the legacy of shame. For a secret love child, the toughest battle was within. Just when she thought all was conquered, there was one final revelation....

Clarion Review: "O'Neill’s writing is clear and crisp. The true hallmark of the book is her relentless honesty. She hides nothing...The book will serve as a startling and chilling—but, ultimately, healing—mirror for people who have endured dysfunctional family relationships, battled substance abuse, or wrestled with secret horror and shame.... Enjoyable."

Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

ForeWord Clarion Review
O'Neill's writing is clear and crisp. The true hallmark of the book is her relentless honesty. She hides nothing. And while the story may feel biased toward her own experiences rather than making sense of the family as a whole, it's a viewpoint she clings to openly. Readers will sense that O'Neill's focus on herself is her best means of self-preservation.

The book will serve as a startling and chilling—but, ultimately, healing—mirror for people who have endured dysfunctional family relationships, battled substance abuse, or wrestled with secret horror and shame.

Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780615575360
  • Publisher: WeThree Press
  • Publication date: 2/12/2012
  • Pages: 268
  • Sales rank: 967,010
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Her main loves are her two grown children, and her private consulting business, Ellenconnects, which focuses on philanthropy initiatives. Currently she is launching a column via www.alovechild.com called Ask E that focuses on coping with family secrets.

Born in Rochester, New York, she has since then lived all over the United States, and now resides in Los Angeles and Vail, Colorado.

A percentage of her royalties will benefit The CLARE Foundation in Los Angeles, a nonprofit organization providing treatment and recovery services-for alcoholism and substance abuse to individuals, families, and the community.

Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Average Rating 4
( 8 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(4)

4 Star

(2)

3 Star

(1)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(1)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously
Sort by: Showing all of 8 Customer Reviews
  • Posted October 3, 2012

    Every Child deserves to belong. . .

    I highly recommend this book. Ellen's writing has a raw honesty and straight openness that pulls you right in to her story. I admire her willingness to bring her own story forward as a way to help others in similar situations. She helps us recognize what we all intuitively know, that every child deserves to belong . . . to be loved . . . and to be celebrated. And that every adult still has that very same need. Ellen brings forward this often hidden situation, this taboo subject that some choose not to share. By doing so, she is bringing attention and visibility to individuals who may be in similar situations, and the insights in to her life that they may choose to do better. I wish Ellen the joy of knowing she's created clarity for her own children, and for her to enjoy the family that she has created, and to recognize the benefits of what she is doing for others by sharing her story.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted January 20, 2013

    Other reviews must have been written by her friends

    Poor narrative style. I felt like I was reading a grade schoolers story..."and then, and then, and then" you know what I mean how children just go on and on with no sense of direction. I also found it insulting that she wouldn't let her reader draw his or her own conclusions. If she wants to write a memoir then write the incidents and let the reader make his or her own judgements. Ellen hides the details and tells you that the ex husband did something unforgivable that gets him kicked out of Boy Scouts or that his parents were so awful that she can't tell you about it but she can now feel even worse for him...I'm thinking to myself, "did this guy really do something so awful or was he with a bunch of touchy yuppies?" "Were his folks neglectful or abusive or is she just being mush-headed about her ex again?" I don't know because she doesn't give me any credit to make up my own mind as a reader. I think there is probably a good story here and she sounds very successful; but she needs a ghost writer to make me care about her and her narrative.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted January 12, 2013

    I recommend this book for anyone who seeks to heal from the effe

    I recommend this book for anyone who seeks to heal from the effects of an extramarital affair resulting in a child.  She writes with raw emotion and honesty sharing everything of her experience.  I thank Ellen in being so candid as she has helped me to look at my own story and realize that my existence goes far beyond the simple act of a man and woman being together.  Thank you Ellen, your courage in sharing your story has helped me to face my own reality as a love child.   I am forever grateful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted October 31, 2012

    Good

    The book is good. The storyline was interesting,but the story tended to go around in circles. And while I have read better books, I still liked this one.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted August 20, 2012

    Could not put down!

    My sister recommended this book so I chose it as my "Memorial Day Holiday" read with hopes that I would have a fulfilling time off. It did not disappoint! I felt as though I was privvy to intimate secrets of celebrities and how they lived and thought. I want to know more about the all the characters involved. I am hoping for a sequel soon!

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted August 20, 2012

    I loved this book so much. Ellen's story was not only amazing,

    I loved this book so much. Ellen's story was not only amazing, it was
    enthralling. I literally could not put the book down. It made me
    appreciate how far one's drive can get them in life...she is a succes
    both personally and professionally, and I hope she writes another book.
    You don't have to be a "love child" yourself to appreciate
    this book...there's alot to identify with - no matter what path you come
    from in life. There is no need to be a victim, of anything or anyone.
    Thanks for writing this, Ellen!

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted August 20, 2012

    This book is unique in subject matter as well as approach. This

    This book is unique in subject matter as well as approach. This first
    hand account is a wonderful and inspiring example of how we do not have
    to let our past define who we want to be and a true lesson in how we can
    take accountability and responsibility of our lives, choosing happiness.
    Ellen's story is captivating; once I picked it up I couldn't put it down!

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted October 4, 2012

    No text was provided for this review.

Sort by: Showing all of 8 Customer Reviews

If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
Why is this product inappropriate?
Comments (optional)