Learning to Love Myself by Viga Boland
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
**I received this book for free from Story Cartel in exchange for an honest review.”
I did not read the first book in this memoir (although I have now just bought it for my e-reader because I HAVE to read it!). I could not put this book down. Viga’s story is very compelling and a testament to the human spirit. I cannot imagine how she kept what happened to her a secret until she was 65 years old! Her father was a piece of work and how she managed to maintain any semblance of a relationship with him is almost unbelievable, much less function in her life and marriage. I know it was for her mother’s sake alone, but still…… I wish she had told her mother when it was happening, as Viga was only a child, but I understand how the fear of her father was too great. And this happened so long ago, when things like this were not spoken about. If it happened today, I think/hope she would have spoken up at the beginning.
The writing of the story was seamless and flowed so well; I just wanted to read it straight through and almost did! At the end I even checked out many of the links, including to Victoria’s pages – very interesting.
I recommend this book, but I think it would be better to read No Tears for my Father first, in order to get the entire story (although Viga gives a quick summary of the first book at the beginning of this book).