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JUSTINE by [Cathy Lynn Brooks, Ashley Barron]

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JUSTINE Kindle Edition

4.6 out of 5 stars 20 ratings

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B07BF62BRT
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ March 12, 2018
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 2432 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 33 pages
  • Lending ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.6 out of 5 stars 20 ratings

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Cathy Lynn Brooks is a wife, mother, and grandmother from

Ontairio, Canada. Brooks wrote Not My Story to Tell to

honor her late daughter, Justine. She hopes her work can

provide comfort to families in similar situations.

Cathy also spent forty years working with special-needs

children and young adults. Her experiences gave her new

insights into the problems her own family faced.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Heartfelt and full of love
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on November 7, 2021
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4.0 out of 5 stars Heartfelt and full of love
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on November 7, 2021
‘Justine’ by Cathy Lynn Brooks is an adjunct to ‘Not My Story to Tell’, published four months earlier. Brooks unashamedly notes in her introduction that ‘Justine’ comprises ‘a few anecdotes, stories, blog posts and meanderings that didn’t fit the thesis of [her] other book’, and it is all the better for that declaration.

Having read the sequel first, it is sufficiently engaging to click the purchase link on its predecessor for the following reasons.

Brooks’s style is as engaging as it is honest. ‘Justine’ is precisely what she says it is, a collection of thoughts, related but not dependent on each other in a structured way. Each vignette provides a glimpse of her daughter, but not the detail of her mental illness nor her unfortunate accident. Some of these thoughts are deeply personal, surely a struggle for the author to share, while others are humdrum but charming, the stories we all have of our families.

‘Justine’ contains insights into regular family life, the cost of tiny Disney figurines, Justine’s relationship with her sister, her need to live in an apartment with a pool. Brooks also shares people’s joy in hearing her daughter’s laughter, why unicorns are important, and a child’s determination. These are glimpses into a parent’s relationship with a daughter, not their struggles with bipolar disorder.

It is also matter of fact: the terse descriptions of Justine’s death, the colours of her memorial garden and Brooks’s brave decision to live a happy life. In the final chapters, Brooks’s emotions rise to the surface. In particular, ‘Justine and Josh’ goes some way to expose the author’s feelings about the car accident that took her daughter.

‘Justine’ shares the author’s feelings about not just her loss but the joy she shared with her eldest child. Although a short book, it is heartfelt and full of love.
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Julie Haigh
4.0 out of 5 stars More moving memories.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on March 30, 2018
Trekker Girl
4.0 out of 5 stars Memories
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on May 7, 2019
Judith Benson
5.0 out of 5 stars Justine
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on April 19, 2019
4.0 out of 5 stars Stories about Justine
Reviewed in Canada on October 18, 2021
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