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Loving Natalee: A Mother's Testament of Hope and Faith Hardcover – October 2, 2007


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: HarperOne; 1 edition (October 2, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061452270
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061452277
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (76 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,486,299 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Beth Holloway is the mother of Natalee Holloway, who vanished on the last night of her senior class trip on May 30, 2005. To this day Beth continues to search for the truth of what happened. She grew up in Arkansas, then lived and worked in Tennessee, Mississippi, and finally Alabama where she now lives with her son, Matt. Today Beth addresses schools, churches, law enforcement groups, and other organizations on personal and travel safety.


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When I saw this book, I simply had to pick it up and read it for myself.
Paul Allaer
Reading this book and realizing all the difficulties and emotional trauma that Beth Holloway and her family went through is actually very inspirational.
Sinbad
I hope someone in Aruba will do the right thing, tell the truth and help bring Natalee back home where she belongs.
FLmom

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Paul Allaer TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 1, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Who doesn't remember the mysterious disappearance of the Alabama HS senior while on vacation with her high school friends in Aruba, now almost 3 years to the date. When I saw this book, I simply had to pick it up and read it for myself. One may think that you know the whole story, but until you read this book, you really don't.

In "Loving Natalee: A Mother's Testament of Hope and Faith" (255 pages), Beth Holloway, the mother of Natalee, brings us in brutal details what she experienced as a mother when her daughter went missing (and is now presumed dead). Holloway kicks off the Preface of the book with "I am the parent who got the dreaded call. The parent no one wants to be." Right then and there, I got a sinking feeling in my stomach, and indeed this is no easy book to read, as Holloway describes the nightmare she and her family and loved ones went through upon arriving on Aruba, and try and find Natalee. The utter incompetence, if not outright unwillingness to assist and underlying corruptness, of the Aruba police authorities is beyond comprehension, even as it is clear that 3 young men are directly involved in Natalee's disappearance. Just sickening.

What keeps Beth Holloway going is her strong faith. I am deeply saddened by what she has had to go through, and (being a parent of a HS senior myself) can only hope and pray that I will never have to go through this. As to the culprits who did this to Natalee, they will receive their due, be in in this life, or in the next when they sit in judgment of our Lord. My prayers are with Beth Holloway and her family.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Sunnfllower on May 12, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I couldn't put this book down once I started it. I thought Beth Holloway did a pretty good job writing it. This is a mother's worse nightmare come true. She allows her daughter to take a vacation to Aruba with other schoolmates & teachers after high school graduation. On her last nite, Natalee & her friends hit the island bars & drink too much as most young adults tend to do. They end up at Carlos & Charlie's, a popular nightspot on the island. Natalee becomes infatuated with a local boy named Joran. When the bar closes she accepts his offer of a ride home & climbs into a car with 3 island boys. She is never seen again.

Beth Holloway & her husband, Natalee's step-father flew directly to Aruba after receiving the news her daughter was missing. I commend her for her guts, boundless determination & her stoic efforts to locate this beloved daughter of hers. At first the island townspeople are helpful & even assist her in her search. But she is upset & scared & ends up attacking the boys verbally that were last seen with her. This turns the island people against her & she gets nowhere. Natalee's father & Beth's ex-husband is also on the island searching for his missing daughter. She is never found.

It is only obvious that the 3 island boys had everything to do with her death, especially the Caucasian boy Joran. They were arrested for awhile & held, but then let go. This case is such a travesty of injustice it makes me sick. Joran is the kind of young man that mothers warn their daughters about. He is a narcissistic & arrogant young punk that knows whatever trouble, including murder, he becomes involved in, his rich & important judge daddy will bail him out.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By animal lover on March 8, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I could not put the book down. I cannot imagine how Beth and her family have dealt with this over these last few years. As far as justice being served in this case, with the corruption on that island, I can't see it happening. The "good 'ol boy" justice system is alive and well in Aruba. Beth was right, that we have no rights once we leave our country. Anyone preparing to go out of the country for business or vacation needs to go to the safe travel web site first. Natalee knew her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and I hope this brings comfort to her family.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Sinbad on March 14, 2011
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Reading this book and realizing all the difficulties and emotional trauma that Beth Holloway and her family went through is actually very inspirational. I heard Beth speak recently and also had the opportunity to speak with her after. She is a very down to earth person who had a very tragic loss in her daughter, Natalee. This is a very good book and provides a behind the scenes insight as to the true story.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By J. R. Evans on March 21, 2010
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I started this book and read it in maybe 2 days......Like a non-stop thriller but unfortunately, true....How can a girl disappear and without any explanantion at all..I think many people were involved in this cover-up....

Fascinating story of every parent's nightmare......Highly recommend this book!

God bless Natalee's Mother.
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28 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Audrey on October 8, 2007
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This is an excellent book for anyone who wants to learn more about Natalee Holloway and her disappearance, and also for those who have followed the case all along. After reading this book, I am amazed that people continue to question Beth's recollections and her sincerity. I found her notes on events to be extremely compelling and coherent - especially considering the trauma she was experiencing at the time. This is a beautiful story of faith & resilience in the midst of some truly ugly events.
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