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Will Love For Crumbs - A Memoir [Kindle Edition]

Jonna Ivin
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (183 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Raised by an alcoholic mother and without a father, Jonna learned at a young age to put her needs on the back-burner. After her mother dies of cancer, she goes on a spiritual journey looking for enlightenment and a purpose for her life. Eventually, she ends up as a volunteer in the relief effort following Hurricane Ike. There she meets a man who will forever change her life.

In the swamps of Louisiana and the hills of Arkansas, Jonna follows her heart to build a life with an American hero - a 20 year veteran of the Army Special Forces. Only after uprooting her whole life, leaving everything and everyone she knows behind, do the pieces of this fairytale start to unravel. Realizing the man of her dreams is actually the stuff of nightmares; Jonna must once again go within and discover why she is a woman willing to love for crumbs.

Jonna Ivin is also the author of the crime thriller 8th Amendment


Attorney Lauren Atkinson has spent her career defending death row criminals. When a murder hits close to home and clues tie her to an old forgotten case, Lauren must stop at nothing to find the killer.

With her marriage crumbling and her life in shatters she begins to question everything she has been fighting for. Will her views on the death penalty change once the killer is revealed?


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About the Author

Jonna Ivin is the author of the crime thriller 8th Amendment and Will Love For Crumbs - A Memoir

She is busy editing Loving For Crumbs - An Anthology. Due for release in Fall/Winter 2012

You can read Jonna's weekly advice column Dear Ms. Behaved every Wednesday on Ms.Behaved.com

Visit Jonna on her website at wix.com/jonnaivin/jonnaivin or on Facebook at facebook.com/jonna.ivin

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  • File Size: 1323 KB
  • Print Length: 306 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006V1KQLU
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #168,393 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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67 of 71 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thank you January 23, 2012
By Stephen
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I found this book after a link was posted randomly on a website asking people to read and leave reviews. At first I thought it was a fun little read but after a couple of hours I found myself unable to put it down. It offers such an honest glimpse into the author's life and left me realizing that I myself may take people for granted without knowing the real reasons they end up where they are. I would give this book 10 stars if it were possible.
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41 of 44 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put it down January 21, 2012
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This memoir was awesome! I couldn't put it down. There is a certain humor about it that made me laugh out loud and there was other moments that pulled at my heart strings and made me cry. The journey of this woman is very intersting and i highly recommend it. Thank you
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Too short January 9, 2012
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This is a candid look at self discovery. Everyone can relate to times where we're embarrassed by our own behavior. How we can allow ourselves to be abused or taken advantage of with our eyes wide open. Ashamed of our weaknesses. This new writer taps into the emotional roller coaster of self discovery and our battles within with ease and humor. I only wish it were longer and included more of her childhood experiences.
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36 of 41 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Total Trainwreck February 13, 2012
By Jecca
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I, like a lot of the other reviewers, finished this book in one day. That wasn't because it was really exceptionally engaging or thought provoking read, though. This book is like the proverbial trainwreck. I couldn't put it down because I just couldn't believe what was really happening. The author tells an incredible story and scratches at the surface of the true role she played in the romance but doesn't really delve into the truth. That is understandable -- I can't imagine how difficult it was to face the humiliation of the situation and tell it all, good and bad, for the whole world to hear. Despite being understandable, the lack of depth takes so much away from the potential of this tale.

The first chapter made me hopeful that the author was going to have an incredible amount of personal growth and ultimately save herself but this just didn't happen in the text and I wonder if it happened in real life. She allowed a lot of innocent people to get hurt by covering for her man and never explicitly accepts responsibility or makes it clear that she knows she wronged not just herself, but others. It is implied, yes, but when people mess up, I want them to admit it directly instead of hinting around at the issue. I was truly shocked when I read that this all played out between two adults at least in their late 30s, if not early 40s. This is the kind of stuff we do when we are young and stupid. The lack of responsibility and ongoing explanation (excuse) that she was waiting to leave him until enough money was saved up is typical of someone young and stupid. It is hard for me to respect a mature woman that acts like an adolescent covering for her bad-boy boyfriend.

Despite my frustration with her choices, I do *like* the author.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sometimes we get more than we asked for February 11, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I really enjoyed this, read it in just a few days when I had time, and I don't typically read "chick" books, but this isn't really a chick book. It's for anyone who's ever felt burnt in a relationship. The author, in my opinion, set herself up to a degree, falling for a guy for some of "what she considered" the right reasons while ignoring plenty of the sensible reasons to keep her distance. I felt as if she unwittingly allowed much of the troubles upon herself but that's what we humans do, isn't it? We take chances after what appears to be the universe working its magic for us, only to find out later that maybe we were seeing through a veil or beer-goggles or something else that impairs 20-20 vision.
The thing I enjoyed the most about this book: the author's humor. She kept me laughing even though I was sympathizing with her every step of the way.
Well done, Ms. Ivin. This story will stay with me.
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39 of 49 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars WASTE - AWFUL - AVOID AT ALL COSTS May 27, 2012
Format:Paperback
WORST BOOK EVER WRITTEN. SAVE YOUR MONEY AND YOUR TIME. DO NOT BUY THIS.
#1 - I don't think anyone proofread this book. Some examples of mistakes are as follows: "He's had had..." Inconsistently opening/closing quotation marks, making dialogue very hard to follow. Inconsistently capitalizing Al-Anon. Mis-using you're vs. your. And don't get me started on all of her missing commas. I made the mistake of using a pen as my bookmark, and ended up using it to note errors literally every 5-10 pages. She should have paid me - or, quite frankly, a fifth grade language arts student - to be her editor. These errors were very distracting and made it hard for me to take her seriously as an author, when she would willingly publish such a poorly written book.
#2 - The story was even worse than her non-compliance with language rules. It is basically a really long story about a relationship she had, which involved her behaving like a child (I literally had to shake my head at times, when I recalled that she experienced this relationship as a 30-40 year old woman and NOT as a 17 year old); involved her making redundant, ill-informed decisions; and ending the book with no learning. And she calls it a memoir - which further shows that she does not know what words mean, as this book was by no means a memoir. She literally says that she would do it again... and for what? She doesn't say! If she had come full circle or taken something away I could maybe give her a little credit, but she really is just as dumbfounded about herself as we are. The catch is, she literally admits on the back of her book that she is doing this for money. She hopes to turn this into a screenplay - just further glamorizing an idiotic, pointless tale.
#3 - I could complain about so many other elements of this book for so much longer, but I'll save all of our time by ending it here.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars I found it very boring.
I am sorry that I bought this book, I just could not make myself continue reading it after 40 pages. I found it very boring.
Published 18 days ago by Beatriz De Nogales
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a wonderful book. I could not put this down
This is a wonderful book. I could not put this down. I saw myself so much in this book. Do yourself a favor and read it!
Published 2 months ago by Kristi J. Burks
4.0 out of 5 stars How Many of Us Have Not "Loved for Crumbs"?
While I was reading this book, I could not put it down. It was passionate, eloquent, and flowed with memories, some good, some bad in holding the reader's interest. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Susan E. Rau
5.0 out of 5 stars A different kind of book
Well written a story of her life. Interesting. She had it rough. Finally started knowing what to do. She was so honest in telling about all that happened. Well worth the read. Read more
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2.0 out of 5 stars Just okay
A little confusing, jumping from past to present all of the time. Very self involved and I would have appreciated more life lessons and depth. Great title though!
Published 2 months ago by Kacey Byers
4.0 out of 5 stars Honest account
Joanna Ivin shows great courage by sharing so honestly. I wanted to know more. Her memoir reminded me of the value of self acceptance and forgiveness.
Published 3 months ago by Claire Richmond
5.0 out of 5 stars Will love for crumbs - A memoir
An excellent read. It made me pause to consider some of the choices I have made in my own life.
Published 3 months ago by Patricia Urbanek
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Read
This book gave me so many different emotions at the same time. It became clear how Jonna grew up trying to be a "pleaser" and not rock the boat so to speak. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Pamela S. Shumate
4.0 out of 5 stars Nitty gritty
Opened up a new world I'd never considered. Gratific details of author's life. It made me want to cheer for her in the end.
Published 4 months ago by Barbara Carpenter
4.0 out of 5 stars enjoyed
I have really enjoyed reading this memoir. It was a random read, and I don't regret picking it up. Thanks!
Published 4 months ago by lilorfn
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More About the Author

Jonna Ivin, the founder of STIR Journal, is the author of the memoir Will Love For Crumbs and the crime thriller 8th Amendment. After barely graduating high school, she spent the next 25 years bouncing from one low-paying job to another while teaching herself how to write. She lives in Southern California, and when she isn't writing or watching bad TV, she keeps busy spoiling her ungrateful dogs. She does not do yoga.

Her coming-of-age humorous novel Sister Girl was released in April of 14. It is currently receiving rave reviews.

You may contact her on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/jonna.ivin




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