The book will serve as a startling and chillingbut, ultimately, healingmirror for people who have endured dysfunctional family relationships, battled substance abuse, or wrestled with secret horror and shame.
Ellen Who? Story of a Secret Love Childby E. O'Neill
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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....
Without a clear identity, Ellen is an unstoppable force of nature, determined to survive and overcome life's obstacles.
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."
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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.
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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.
I loved it.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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!