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Old Baggage: It's Never Too Late for a New Beginning Paperback – March 6, 2016
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About the Author
Toni Kief, a small town Midwestern nomad from a family of high spirits and laughter. Presently in the Northwest, she plans to stay for the view, trees and friends. Her life story includes years in Insurance as an adjuster in Florida and Washington state. A longtime civil rights activist, she shares stories about lunches with politicians, leaders, and artists. Toni’s defines her genre as OA –older adult. She continues to gathers stories prime for embellishment in unlikely situations. Toni is one of the founding directors of The Writers Cooperative of the Pacific Northwest.
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Old Baggage, however, is a different kind of story than her Mildred book, but that isn’t to say that I like it less. It’s just a completely different setting, and her character is a completely different personality from the other book, which is good. No one wants to read the same book over and over, under different titles.
I will not give away the story, but I will say that the story is well thought out, and worded great. I can see Elisabeth, (Main Character) in my head as the story takes her on an amazing adventure.
Leaving her abusive husband behind, Elisabeth sets out, not only to find her new life, a life of freedom and hopefully a new beginning, but also her son, whom she let go of at birth, because she knew he wouldn’t be safe at home with her husband.
This story continues to build as you read on, and you can’t help but feel heavy-hearted for this courageous woman as she trails on, trying to put her broken puzzle of a life back together again.
WARNING UP FRONT! You will likely shed a tear in this one, folks. I highly recommend this great read.
What is it? A coming into their own as a human being…suddenly seeing themselves for the first time as an individual with rights…recognizing that no one has the right to control them…that they can set boundaries without fear and, most of all, learn how to say “No” for the first time. This new, deeply felt transformation can prove amazing and powerful. I remember the first time I experienced it. A power surged through me, changing me into a person I never dreamed I could become.
Tony Kief’s story illustrates coming into this kind of freedom. It offers hope to readers who may be struggling with codependency issues, and imparts the courage to change.
I highly recommend her book.
The four stars are because there were a few annoying run-on words (asif rather than as if) and a few sentences just didn't make sense. Maybe it was just the transcription.
Overall, I would recommend the book. By the way, My "favorite" line is when he tells her that he FORGIVES her! A classic abuser's response.