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Conflicted Hearts: A Daughter's Quest for Solace from Emotional Guilt [Kindle Edition]

D.G. Kaye , Talia Leduc , Katy Sozaeva
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Book Description


A Lifetime of guilt -- What does it take to finally break free?

Somehow I believed it was my obligation to try to do the right thing by her because she had given birth to me.

Burdened with constant worry for her father and the guilt caused by her mother’s narcissism, D.G. Kaye had a short childhood. When she moved away from home at age eighteen, she began to grow into herself, overcoming her lack of guidance and her insecurities. Her life experiences became her teachers, and she learned from the mistakes and choices she made along the way, plagued by the guilt she carried for her mother.

Conflicted Hearts is a heartfelt journey of self-discovery and acceptance, an exploration of the quest for solace from emotional guilt.

Editorial Reviews


"D.G. Kaye writes with an emotional, powerful voice. Her inspirational stories captivate with a unique blend of style and substance."--J. Thorn, Author of The Portal Arcane series

About the Author

D.G. Kaye was born and resides in Toronto, Canada. She loves to read, shop, travel, and play poker when she gets the chance. Kaye has been writing about her thoughts on life since she was a young girl, as pen and paper became her emotional outlet. Through the years of compiling her thoughts and memories in a journal, she wrote this book as a cathartic release. Kaye wanted to share her story in recognition of the many people who struggle with their past, perhaps shedding light on how powerfully a mother can impact a child throughout her life. Kaye is also the author of Meno-What? A Memoir-a humorous recounting of menopause, released in June of 2014, and Words We Carry-essays on life and women's self-esteem.

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a great find! December 19, 2013
By Karen B
Format:Kindle Edition
Yesterday I happened to come across this book and I am so glad that I did. It made me laugh, it made me sad, it made me angry but most of all, it made me cheer for D.G. Kaye! She writes with candor and insight, passion and heart. It is an easy comfortable read, much like having a conversation and I couldnt put the book down until the conversation was over. You can feel the little girl's worry and confusion, the teenager's guilt and angst, the sadness and the searching of the young woman and finally the strength of the adult. Ms. Kaye writes about the effects her mother's actions has had on her entire life and the decisions she has made but she is never mean spirited about it and it makes you love her more.

It is a book that makes you think, reflect, understand and most of all it is a book that shows you that with the right attitude and beliefs, you can forgive and move forward. I loved it!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A MUST-READ BOOK! August 21, 2014
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How can you sum up a life...your own or someone else's? It's a daunting task. Even a quiet, reserved life is hard to put into words. But what if all you have ever known is adversity, conflict, and neglect from your first remembered, conscious thought. How can beauty and serenity survive in a toxic wasteland? Yet, a sensitive, caring individual did just that--D.G. Kaye--and she shares her amazing true life story with us mere mortals. A guilt ridden young girl, who carries her guilt through life, but haven't many of us been there? Even knowing the guilt is not justified doesn't make the pain go away. Throw in heartbreak, abuse, an incurable immune-deficiency disease, and almost losing the love of her do you cope? How do you become spiritual, giving, loving, and caring? Read "Conflicted Hearts" by D.G. Kaye, and you will know a true angel walks among us.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Enthralling and emotional - a 'can't put downer' November 25, 2014
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This was my first time, reading a memoir. I am mostly a fiction reader, and occasionally I dip into the biography of a famous name that interests me, but memoir? Not something I'd considered trying.
I decided to read this particular memoir after meeting the author online, chatting on our respective blogs and by email. The other draw was that it promised some insight into a narcissistic personality (the author's mother), and I've always been fascinated by the psychology of personality disorders - a pretty useful trait for me as an author, as it gives me lots of scope for developing my characters.
So with this in mind, I opened up Conflicted Hearts and was instantly drawn into the tale. All too often, we quote Mark Twain's idiom, `truth is stranger than fiction', and here that indeed holds true. I was enthralled by the story of this woman who was only truly interested in herself, and in being admired by others, and the toll this took on her husband and children. The total inability to recognise that anything about her way of life was wrong, or to acknowledge the lifelong negative influence it would have on her offspring, was staggering, all the more so considering that this was not fiction.
This memoir is, of course, told from the perspective of one of those children, and chronicles the author's journey from her difficult childhood through the relative emancipation of leaving home and exploring her own life, to the later responsibilities of the mature adult.
Kaye's writing style is fluid and exceedingly readable, expressing the story in a series of vignettes of her life, sometimes emotionally raw and at other times charming and funny. I'd like to thank her for her honesty, and for sharing what has clearly been a difficult journey with such an outlook of hope and positivity, albeit at times somewhat strained.
Memoirs? If they are as absorbing and enlightening as this one, I may read a few more.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I Loved This Book! January 10, 2014
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Once I started reading this book, I could not put it down.
The author made me laugh and cry throughout.
I would recommend this book to others.
I look forward to reading other books written by D.G. Kaye
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing book January 6, 2014
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I loved the book from the starting until the final sentence.
I think the book deserves more than 5 starts.
I loved it so much that it was hard to leave it until next time I was going to read it.
Although her life was difficult, she had happy moments with good people that came in her life; her aunt Sherry, best friends and her husband.
I was feeling happy when I read the great moments and sad when I read the sad moments.
Although she had many tough moments in her life, she knew how to go on and show the others how strong she is and that she can overcome any obstacle.
A book that's worth reading !
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Boundless Compassion January 1, 2014
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This is a memoir about the power of guilt. It is a story about a woman's boundless compassion towards an emotionally abusive mother and the toll it takes on her own health and happiness.
The story has many layers: her loving relationship with her father, her siblings, her dear aunt and her different romances.
But basically it is a memoir of letting go of guilt. Kaye shows us how strong a mother/daughter bond is, even when it is destructive. Her wish to get out of the relationship is held back by guilt - a guilt which in itself is toxic.
Kaye is not a best selling author, nor is she a rock or movie star nor won any Olympic Gold medals. As memoirs go, she is on the bottom rung of "important" people to read about. Yet, her memoir is one of these books that I couldn't put down.
She especially shines in the romance sections and writes with a good mastery of suspense.
Perhaps its only flaw is that it is at times a bit repetitious but overall for anyone who loves strong, courageous and loving protagonist MG Kaye proves to be one in her own memoir.

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5.0 out of 5 stars True, Moving, and Powerful
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Published 20 days ago by debby
5.0 out of 5 stars Kaye shows us in “Conflicted Hearts” what it’s like when you catch the...
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5.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic read...
A truly heartfelt account of her young, dysfunctional life and the turmoil she endured as a result of her dysfunctional mother. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Sanja Read
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Read!!!!!
D.G. Kaye is an exceptional writer. I found her book Conflicted Hearts to be a touching story. She has the ability to make you feel as if she is talking directly to you. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Gary Skinner
5.0 out of 5 stars A life lived
This is a remarkable memoir of a daughter's battle to be free of a domineering, toxic mother. A young girl, D. G. Read more
Published 12 months ago by K. Springs
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read for anyone allowing guilt from another rule their lives!!
Reading this book truly felt like sitting with a friend over coffee, only better because unlike traditional conversations where you cannot know the other’s thoughts, by reading... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Christina M Gregory
5.0 out of 5 stars A tale of turmoil and triumph
Despite an emotionally abusive childhood, D.G. Kaye spent her life fighting the odds and learning about life along the way. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Carly
2.0 out of 5 stars Not A Good Read
The title and synopsis are misleading. The story is more about a self-absorbed woman who can't write very well. She needs to show, not tell. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Chris Cennedy
5.0 out of 5 stars D.G Kaye speaks from the heart and offers comfort from her painful...
You can't fail to love this author. She speaks from her heart and reveals her painful history. This is a brave book and I can tell it wasn't easy to write such a book. Read more
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More About the Author

D.G. Kaye hails from Toronto, Canada.

D.G. is the author of Conflicted Hearts - A Daughter's Quest for Solace From Emotional Guilt, Meno-What? - A Memoir, and Words We Carry. D.G. writes nonfiction and memoirs about her experiences, matters of the heart and women's issues.

D.G. began writing when pen and paper became tools to express her pent-up emotions during a turbulent childhood. Her writing began as notes and cards she wrote for the people she loved and admired when she was afraid to use her voice.

Through the years, Kaye journaled about life, writing about her opinions on people and events and later began writing poetry and health articles for a Canadian magazine as her interest grew in natural healthcare. Kaye became interested in natural healing and remedies. She encountered quite a few serious health issues--family and her own, which fueled her interest in proactive health care. Against many odds, D.G. has overcome adversity several times throughout her life.

D.G. began writing books to share her stories and inspiration. Her compassion and life experiences inspired her to write from the heart. She looks for the good and the positive in everything, and believes in paying it forward. "For every kindness, there should be kindness in return, Wouldn't that just make the world right?"

D.G.'s Favourite Saying: Live. Laugh. Love ...and don't forget to breathe!

When D.G. is not writing, she's reading. Her favourite genres of reading are: biographies, memoirs, writing and natural health. Kaye loves to read about people who overcome adversity, victories and redemption and believes we have to keep learning--there is always room for improvement! She loves to cook, travel, and play poker.

You can find D.G. on social media and her author and blog pages:

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