Again in a Heartbeat: A Memoir of Love, Loss, and Dating Again

Again in a Heartbeat: A Memoir of Love, Loss, and Dating Again

by Susan G. Weidener

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ISBN-13: 9781451581188
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 07/28/2010
Pages: 180
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.38(d)
Age Range: 1 - 17 Years

About the Author

A former journalist with The Philadelphia Inquirer, Susan began writing memoir in 2009. Her memoirs offer compelling glimpses into many contemporary issues from love and marriage, job loss, Internet dating and reinvesting in the adventure of day to day living after loss. Her critically acclaimed memoirs have been described as "honest and courageous." She writes a weekly blog at the Women's Writing Circle.

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BoydLemon More than 1 year ago
Susan Weidener's memoir reads like a good novel.  Again in a Heartbeat is a heartbreaking account of Susan's love, loss and dating again following the death of her husband from cancer. She describes with honesty, but without whining or melodrama, the ordeal she and her husband John endured and the impact on their marriage, and then goes beyond the grief she suffered into her new life as a single parent to two boys.  Her achievement in rising above the grief and starting a new life for herself is tremendously uplifting to the reader, after enduring with her the heartbreaking loss that she suffered.  In the end, this is not so much a story of the death of a spouse, but a love story. Susan was a journalist, a profession which provided the discipline to write a well crafted story.  Her ability to express beautifully her feelings of love and anger and a wide range of other emotions upon falling in love and then learning that her husband was dying of cancer showcases her talent to write an engaging, sometimes heartbreaking, but in the end, uplifting story.  I was completely engaged even though I knew the outcome. The fact that the story is true, as well as beautifully written, makes it all the more engaging.  Susan's honesty in expressing her own weaknesses is courageous.  She goes so deeply into her own psyche that I as a reader feel that I know her, like I know a close friend.  When I finished, I was ready for the sequel, which fortunately came along soon. 
SherreyM More than 1 year ago
Again in a heartbeat . . . an ordinary turn of phrase. We've all said it. Some of us mean it; some of us say it jokingly. Susan Weidener, in writing about her husband John and their life together, through good times and bad, means those words. In fact, she uses them as the title of her memoir, Again in a Heartbeat. Susan's writing style is comfortable and her story draws you in immediately . . .a young woman meets the chair of the English department at the military academy where her father had chaired the same department and went on to become dean. Immediately, the reader is caught up in the potential for romance, a life together forever, and dreams. Susan writes in an engaging manner of their joys and plans, of their intense love for one another. Their life together is so believable. And yet it will come to be a story of love, loss and starting over again. Soon, Susan and John are happy parents of two sons. But in the midst of that second pregnancy, something evil and daunting enters their life together, their family. John is diagnosed with cancer, and this uninvited guest begins to change the course of their lives forever. Susan Weidener is not shy in sharing her most intense emotions during this time in her life. In fact, at times the rawness of her exchanges with John are almost unfathomable to the reader. You ask yourself how could she love him and say that? But the reader must remember, he or she is not at the center of the story. The writer is opening a door onto her story, and the reader is allowed a glimpse of what was. Weidener takes her reader on a journey through serious illness, loss of John, and then to starting life over again on her own with two young sons. She tells this story with frankness and honesty, and anyone reading her words is soon awash with a sense of hope and promise. As the title so aptly states, Susan Weidener was willing to do it all over "again in a heartbeat." When the reader arrives at the last page, there is no doubt that Susan and John shared an incomparable love for one another, that Susan felt hope as she faced her tomorrows, and that this author has written a guide for anyone who has loved and lost.
MLovejoyMS More than 1 year ago
Refreshing! Renewing! A totally honest book about the most difficult subjects. Brief and powerful, this book is so well written that I couldn't put it down. Susan Weidener is a remarkable woman. Her unadorned journalistic writing style is perfect for telling her story. "Again in a Heartbeat" is that rare kind of memoir that imparts wisdom, strength and optimism.