Finding StrengthFinding Strength by Shevawn Michelle
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Ugliest. Cry. EVER.
It all begins in Chapter 1 when the main character Anna experiences a tragic loss. However, on the same day she meets Jacob, who becomes her rock and helps her find the strength to carry on and live.
“Live for her, Anna. Live for you.” His gaze turns pleading, his eyes burning into mine, searching my soul. “Live for me.”
Jacob, along with Anna’s best friends Amy and Shane, pick up the pieces that is Anna’s broken heart. Anna finds love with Jacob and the two have baby Braxton. As Anna begins what seems like her happily ever after, a second tragedy strikes. Once again Anna must find the strength to carry on and live.
Shevawn Michelle takes the reader on an emotional trip making this book hard to read through the tears.
There is no where to hide, no way to escape the torture that feels like a thousand knives ripping me apart. I do the only thing I can, I close my eyes and hold on to my little man while the tears flow freely from my eyes.”
This story is written as if Anna is remembering her life but at the same time you get the feeling that Anna is waiting for the final tragedy.

It’s in these final moments, I realize just how important every single thing that every happens to you, good or bad, is in your life. We are all on a path, we all have choices. Those choices eventually lead us to the place we are intended to be, no matter how much we fight it, or try to deny it. We can try and change our course, but in the end, we still end up exactly where we are meant to be.”

Shevawn Michelle gives us hope throughout this story. Encouraging everyone to dig deep in themselves and find the strength to live.
“If there is one thing I have learned, I know this for sure now, life goes on, whether you want it to or not. There’s no stopping the hands of time and there are no do overs. There are other lyrics memories that you carry with you and the rest is up to you.”

I struggled with just how stars to give this book. 1 star? Just because I cried and cried. My heart broke for Anna. But really that’s no reason for only 1 star. I didn’t hate this book just my own tears. 5 stars for exactly the same reasoning, my feelings. Thank you Shevawn Michelle for an emotional, heart breaking, inspiring story.

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