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  • Publication Date: November 9, 2013
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  • Language: English
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More About the Author

*Writer, Personal Life Coach, & Speaker
*Dale Carnegie Coach & Stephen Minister
*Volunteer with numerous organizations
*Member of several writing groups
*Born in NC but spent much of my life traveling
*Been to 45 of the 50 states
*I love to travel, read, dance, watch movies and spend time with friends.
*Grandmother of four. Single by choice.
*This is my first book, but don't let this stop you from buying it!

Visit me at my website (http://www.margaretnortonlifecoach)to learn more about my business, Life Transitions; and you can find out more information about personal life coaching, motivational speaking, and my book, When Ties Break. I am happy to offer a free consultation for my personal life coaching business. I also have several topics I can speak on for your group such as grief recovery, memoir writing, and forgiveness; and my rates are negotiable! Please feel free to e-mail me at with any questions about personal life coaching, speaking, or my book!

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Karen Miller on March 8, 2012
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This book was so depressing. I kept reading because I hoped to read something positive and happy but each chapter just brough more dread and bad news. This woman never seemed to learn from her mistakes and bad judgement, she just repeated them over and over and over. I read 80% of the book and then I just could not take one more minute of it. Too negative.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on March 16, 2014
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This is a memoir by a woman from a strange Christian background who spoke in tongues as a child. She married early and often to abusive men, including one whose teenage son molested her very young daughter. Yet she remained with this man. The pace is incredibly slow. Every other paragraph is of the Praise Jesus sort, although, if these trials and tribulations are to be accepted at face value, The Lord has done little for this women. After a lifetime of bad decisions, this lady decided to make a career as a "life coach." It is difficult to imagine a less qualified person. Most likely the story is as much fiction as fact and contains numerous inconsistencies, such as the author ballooning up rapidly, while not eating due to poverty and talking expensive vacations, also without sufficient funds. Her account of family estrangement makes little sense. She accepts no responsibility for her actions and constantly vilifies others. She must have purchased the positive reviews.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Anne Chesterfield on November 11, 2011
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While it's not always popular to be ones own person, Margaret Norton illustrates it is indeed
possible to move on with your life despite your dysfunctional family ties and expected life path.
This is a preacher's daughter who redefines her faith and the preconceived notions of what a wife
and mother should be. After being suddenly and painfully ostracized from her family she relays to the reader
how she adapts in the years that follow. She goes through divorce after divorce despite the teachings of her Faith
and her family who taught her not to believe in divorce. When she is free from the broken system of marriage and the role of wife as it was perceived to be in the 70's she finds success in a fulfilling career, a move that may have been prevented had she remained an unhappy housewife. Without familial support she raises her two children as a single mother who truly lets go. Her daughter suffers a terrible drug addiction and the author lets go in a way that most mothers would be unable to do. She takes the bold step of moving out of state for work instead of clinging to her child,trusting in her faith, with a positive outcome for both. Ultimately she learns that what she was taught to want, expect and cherish in life is not what we always need as individuals, and it is possible to be much happier working against society's standards when you seek to find your place in the world. This is a helpful demonstration of one woman's path to her purpose.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kristin Jones on January 16, 2012
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Some may call this book depressing, but I found this book to be a real story that shows that life isn't always all about roses and reminded me that roses have thorns. A memoir written by Margaret Norton that takes you on the journey of her life through great loves and great tragedy, but she always looked to a higher power to help guide her back to a life that is centered around him. Whether you are a person of faith or not, this book isn't a preachy hit you in the face, instead it is a story where a person finds her faith to falter and yet keeps moving forward.

Norton has endured everything that a person can name when it comes to the tragedy list. Although at times I couldn't believe what happened in her life and wanted to be the friend that said STOP and just be single and happy; I kept reading to find out if she would find happiness in the end. What I found to be most uplifting was that she didn't JUST rely on God to pull her through life, but with God worked to find what was to be her next step after bankruptcy, divorce, the loss of a parent and it goes on and on. She looked for the next door, while God was providing it.

If you are at a low point after the new year has begun, this may not be the one to pick up just yet, but if you are in the middle of healing from pain - this could be the one to remind you that everyone has a heartache at one point in their life.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Suzy Paluzzi on April 7, 2012
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"There is a reason, "When Ties Break," is selling out on Amazon. This well-written book of overcoming heartbreak and adversity is an inspiration.

Margaret Norton tells the truth about her life and her brave account grips the reader. They say everyone has a story, but the trials this author shares are almost unbelievable in their magnitude. I was immediately drawn into Margaret's problems, and I found myself cheering for her as a friend at the end.

Margaret's testimonials of her faith and how it affected her life from its very beginnings to the outcome of "When Ties Break" are heartening. The book is a spiritual journey as well as a human one. The insights Margaret offer are reason enough to read the book. We also can empathize with Margaret because we are all doing the best we can, but have all made mistakes along the way. Margaret tells it like it is, and shows us the path that worked for her.

One would think a book with this much hardship would be depressing, but it is quite the opposite. The reader feels like he/she is part of a larger community and that there is hope, no matter what his/her current situation.

I recommend this book as a fast read and well-worth it. Adult readers would appreciate it the most."
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