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Product Details

  • Paperback: 152 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (August 24, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1479177229
  • ISBN-13: 978-1479177226
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,317,110 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Ann Albers on January 14, 2013
Format: Paperback
It is through our stories that we touch hearts, and show others how to deal with our shared human experience. Christine's delightful book "Heart full of Hope," is a collection of her personal and poignant stories about life, love, and so much more. You'll laugh and cry as you read this delightful book, and realize that underneath it all life is truly miraculous.
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November 17, 2012

Christine Geery's book cover choice of vivid red and black design for HEART FULL OF HOPE signifies to me more than an arty gimmick

Read on. A moving revelation proves my intuitions. Deep!

After the usual introductory pages, next page is -- Whoa!-- an early portrait of our Christine Geery, toddling forward, bare bottom, dimpled knees -- this exquisite girl child --enticing me into her life.

One might project HEART FULL OF HOPE will be a quick read. Not so. I like chapters that make me fantasize stepping into an author's stories and anecdotes.

Who among us wouldn't yearn to dine in company with Christine, Daniel and her loved ones at any stage of her life? Christine's word sketch of her family friends from her early life, especially, Mike and Big Annie, are so real to me. I fantasize conversations and lots of laughter.

I gasp at the personal impact on me of the black and white photos, more often than not, a bit faded and slightly yellowed, all the more effective illustrations of Christine's HEART FULL OF HOPE saga.

I appreciate that Christine Geery's book title, HEART FULL OF HOPE,is the one she needed to choose for her first book.

BUT . . . I am so impressed with Christine's passionate attachment to good food, another book, another title lingers in the back of my mind: THE PERFECT BITE.

Christine tells me that her father, a Sicilian/Italian immigrant, taught her well, setting the example to Christine, regarding the soulful fulfillment of good food.

This phrase, THE PERFECT BITE,seems to be the key words,in English or Italian,to express total food presentation and satisfaction.
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Christine has a sincere wit that cuts right to the soul. In this book she presents stories about her life that are whimsical, inspiring, reflective, sad, and candid. Her writing is simple yet it still paints an intricate portrait of an experience that we can all relate to, which is comforting. True to the title, it is a heartwarming book that offers not only a glimpse into the life of a woman that appears to have a simple life on the surface, like many of us, but it also reveals the beauty and complexities of being a passionate and caring woman in America who follows the rules and cherishes family.
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Charmed.

By this lovely little book.

"Heart Full of Hope", by Christine Geery, is one of those books I hoped would never end. It has no plot, there is no suspense, no narrative thread that compelled me to keep turning the pages to find out what happened next, and no ending that made me gasp with surprise or delight or experience that sense of satisfying closure when all of the pieces finally click together and the whole makes perfect sense the way we wish it would in our lives. Yet, when I finished reading the final page of "Heart Full of Hope" and closed the covers for the last time, I felt an odd kind of loneliness. One thing many of these plotted books do have in common with "Heart Full of Hope" is that by the end you feel as if you know the characters, often as well as if they were family.

I had that feeling with "Heart Full of Hope" well before I'd read all of its 34 slices of Geery's life. I've never met her, have only the photos of her she's included in the book and maybe wouldn't recognize her if we met on the street. But I know her. I can hear her laugh and cry, and I can savor more than one of the Italian dishes that grace her popular table, even the last piece of apple crostata she confesses to having eaten herself despite her strict custom of always leaving the last piece for someone she loves.

Geery's writing is fluid and natural. It flows directly from her heart to her reader's, without the processed feel of craft or cleverness that compromises innocence and distances so many of the autobiographical sketches I've read from the intimacy that can open the heart as well as tickle the mind.

One image that's going to stay with me awhile is of Daphne, a mix of golden retriever and standard poodle she calls a "goldendoodle".
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By Brian G on November 4, 2012
Format: Paperback
Christine is a superb writer. Each story holds your interest and makes you want to keep reading about her heart full of hope. The book is collection of life's stories, some funny, some amazing, some sad, but all engaging. In many ways Christine writes like the bestselling author of The Glass Castle, Jeannette Walls. She turns her experiences in life into a page turner!
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It is no surprise that author Christine Geery's book is called "Heart Full of Love" as that is what Geery is in both words and daily life. I have never her personally but when I heard Christine was writing a book I could not wait to read it. To quote her dedication page "To Erin and Jack: I loved you before we met." I guess I feel the same way Christine, "I have always loved you and we have only met through words."

Geery has written a wonderful collection of stories about her life which could be any one of ours. Many of them I can relate to especially about being a constant Pollyanna in life or letting someone else have that last piece of pie. There are stories that made me laugh- or some that made me cry with enough Kleenex handy similar to watching a Lifetime movie. One of my favourites is her tale about hating Christmas for a long time (which barks right up my Christmas tree) but then in true Christine fashion she provides the ultimate of Christmases for her dying husband. From sorrow to joy Christine also writes about her present husband Daniel, who is not only loving and clever but has a sense of humour and style that I would pay to see.

The book would not be complete without the words of frustration and love about her children. With an open heart she tells it like it is and I feel I must end my review quoting her son Jack when he sent her a Mother's Day bouquet.

'Happy Mother's Day! Thank you for raising me to be the sort of person who really cares about the correct apostrophe placement is for Mother's Day."

I agree Jack. If your Mother had not cared about words and grammar I might not have ever met her online. That in itself would have been a great loss in my life not not to meet or read the words of this beloved soul sister.

"Friends by heart- sisters by soul" and what a soul she has in this book. Read it- you will not be disappointed!
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