This is one of the most unique memoirs I’ve read to date. Author Heather Chaplin tells her story through the Moleskine journals she started keeping the day she realized she no longer loved her husband. After finding the courage to leave her unhappy marriage, she is free to experience one adventure after another, and she lives life vivaciously but also at times recklessly. I admire the things she shared about herself and the details she did not hold back. Not many people would share their inner voices with the world without a fair amount of sugar-coating. But this brave and remarkable woman does just that. I could tell you a bit about what happens within these pages and try to keep it spoiler-free, but why would I when Heather does such a remarkable job of telling you herself? The settings are fantastic, my favorite being her visit to Dublin; and her encounters throughout the book are fascinating. This autobiography is utterly absorbing and sometimes heartbreaking – but ultimately, inspiring. Her garden epiphany made me sob and then smile. Ms. Chaplin’s writing is beautiful; it is so honest, her story so authentic, that I was incapable of putting it down, and I implore you to pick it up.
A huge thank-you to Simon & Schuster for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.