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Product Details

  • Paperback: 568 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (April 29, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1452842256
  • ISBN-13: 978-1452842257
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,263,580 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Barb has been a sales trainer/motivational speaker, teacher of couple communication and most recently is teaching senior citizens how to write the story of their life. She and her husband, Ron Hofmeister are authors of three books on full-time RVing and presented seminars on that subject all over the United States as they lived in one of three motorhomes over a period of 14 years. They currently reside in southern Arizona and Barbara has found a new hobby---that of directing and acting in plays.

More About the Author

Barbara Hofmeister (nee Sayles) was born during the depression (1937) and graduated from high school in the "fabulous fifties" where women were expected to get married and raise a family. Barb (as she likes to be called) only wanted to be a nurse (one of the few acceptable professions for a woman) and join the Air Force so she could save the world but when college was out of the question she simply joined the Air Force. She loved being free of home and family with the thought of adventure and travel until she found herself pregnant. Forced to go home and become an unwed mother she held her head high and marched to that drum. After a couple of failed marriages and lots of turmoil which included mental and physical abuse and even abortions she moved away and into a new life in the early 80s. In 1984, she met and married again but that time was a good match. She had grown and together they began a life of travel and adventure which included bicycling across England, Wales and Ireland, hiking mountains, volunteering for state and national parks and living a wonderful and happy life finally settling down in southern Arizona where she enjoyed acting and directing plays in their senior community. She also regularly has classes on Life Story Writing for retired seniors. https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100004522247353&fref=ts

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Very engaging book.
t6k9m
We enjoyed the Hofmeister's first books and followed their website.
Mary Williams
It will hold your attention and your heart!
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mary Williams on October 1, 2012
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We met Barb and her husband Ron somewhere around 1999 after we had discovered their books on full-time RV travel and were considering doing the same. We've been full-timers for twelve years now and our paths have crossed several times. We enjoyed the Hofmeister's first books and followed their website. But little did we know of the rest of the story! Barb's writing of her life story had me "glued" to my Kindle and I felt many of her emotions as I read how she struggled, worked, enjoyed and celebrated her life at various times through the years. As she wrote each chapter, Barb made you want to continue to the next one to see how things turned out as she wrote about the many ups and downs she and her family experienced. She can be proud of her writing as well as her place in the "good life."
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By P H Vandewarker on June 27, 2012
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What a fighter! From humble beginnings, the author is determined to have more out of life. And she does. As a dedicated and loving mother, she overcomes adversity brought on by the men in her life, some of which is life threatening. She works hard for skills and an education so she can provide for her family. She presents her story in a way that will keep the reader anxious for the next chapter, the next challenge, the next solution. There are lots of good times and, in this book with a promise of another, we find that they outweigh the not-so-good times. When the next half of her story is in print, I will be one of the first in line for it. Oct. 2012: Well, I recently read the rest of the story and was glued to each new chapter, each new experience. Biking across England and Ireland????!! I felt my legs ache just from reading about their treks. Barb and Ron have had a tremendous impact on thousands of people through their travels (full time RVing and biking) and their newsletters--not to mention their blended families and me, a former high school classmate of Barb. Barb is a very inspiring person and her Ron is a perfect mate and co-hort. Could there be The Rest of the Story after The Whole Story? Gosh, I sure hope so!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By t6k9m on July 13, 2013
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Very interesting read. By the end of the book, I wanted to do the same thing. I'm glad she found the right guy to do this with. Very engaging book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By D.Killen on December 31, 2012
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This is an amazing story, but I expected that, as I'm familiar with the author's story later in life. What I didn't expect was the REST of the story! Barbara gives you a window not just to her life but life as it was earlier in the 20th century. A life of struggles that were common to so many women. A journey that almost every woman can feel right down to her bones. I read this book and thought of my own mother, and it made me realize how much I owed her-and women like Barbara-for my life today and the choices I have available to me. I know it sounds trite, but I really couldn't stop reading once I started. My only regret is that I didn't purchase the hard copy so I could see the photographs I know are amazing. This book is a sweet surprise in it's simplicity. To say I read a lot is an understatement. I now what I like, and I'm a tough critic. You won't be disappointed, either!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ruth L. Hager on November 21, 2012
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The author courageously shares the twists and turns of her life from her birth in 1938 to the present (2012). This is NOT the story of a self-aggrandizing narcissist attempting to enthrall the reader. Rather, it is a story told in the voice of a very real woman whose authenticity sparkles through traumas and challenges as well as joys of her life. This book is a treasure for anyone who wants to know or remember more about what life was like for women in the United States during this time period. Also, any young person could learn a lot from reading about Barb's mistakes and successes and avoid some of the pitfalls that steal time and energy from more fruitful pursuits.
My one suggestion for this book is that the author submit it to more rigorous proofreading and editing.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By njn on November 11, 2012
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This is an amazing life story from early childhood to the present. It is written in small segments which keeps you interested and always wondering what is coming next. It's a great intimate insight into a person's life.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Karen Carnahan on October 30, 2012
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I started into the Kindle version of this book and was immediately grabbed up into the drama of Barbara's life. I had read her earlier book on the RV lifestyle and so much admired the successful life of she and her husband. I never would have guessed at the roller coaster her life had been a few years earlier. That is what she so ably reveals in this book. Her writing style is straight forward, chatty, and extremely involving. Her story is one of inspiration and hope for the future, no matter how awful current circumstances might be. It is well worth the investment of time and money. It is a real "upper!"
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