Kimba on Life in the Land of IS – The Reader Salute

Kimba on Life in the Land of IS – The Reader Salute

I will always be thankful to Betty for asking me to review this. It is truly an inspirational story, of human courage and the power of living in IS moments. I laughed more then I cried, and Lani’s story touched me. It is the kind of story that stays with you.

When Lani was seventeen a diving accident left her a quadriplegic. This occurred in the fifty’s when Doctor’s knew little of the illness and most suffered from other infections and died. Lani not only lived, she changed the world she lived in, loved and was successful in so many areas of her life.

Lani and Crosby take us through Lani’s life beginning with her teens. Lani’s childhood was unique and had both beautiful moments and ones that made me cry. I laughed at her antics, cried for her loss and wavered back in forth in my opinion of her mother. We travel with Lani as she goes from hospital to hospital. We witness first hand as she learns to feed and take care for herself. When Lani finally returns home, she maps out her life. Some in her position might be tempted to spend their day watching television and holding pity parties. Lani took on the world and her story will inspire you.

Crosby delivers Lani’s story to us in such a way, that it feels like you and Lani are sitting at a table sharing a cup of Joe. The tale slips beautifully between past and present and kept me enthralled. Lani shares the good and the bad of her childhood. As a mother some of her actions made me want to scream and at other times I wanted to hold the child Lani. She so desperately needed to be loved and was passionate about animals. Crosby skillfully painted Lani’s life, inspiring us. Each time Lani had a setback, she dusted herself off and began again. Lani lived(lives) her life in moments and fully appreciates everything. She gave back to the world, her community and the people she loved. I cannot thank her enough for sharing her life with us from the past to the present. Lani I hope you see a hundred.

I find myself looking for IS moments and appreciating them, no matter how big or how small. I highly recommend this inspirational memoir to everyone. For anyone who has ever said, “It cannot be done” or “It’s too hard.” Look to Lani and her story, because it can be done.

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About the author

Bette Lee Crosby

USA Today Bestselling and Award-winning novelist Bette Lee Crosby's books are "Well-crafted storytelling populated by memorable characters caught up in equally memorable circumstances." - Midwest Book Review The Seattle Post Intelligencer says Crosby's writing is, "A quirky mix of Southern flair, serious thoughts about important things in life and madcap adventures." Samantha from Reader's Favorite raves, "Crosby writes the type of book you can't stop thinking about long after you put it down." "Storytelling is in my blood," Crosby laughingly admits, "My mom was not a writer, but she was a captivating storyteller, so I find myself using bits and pieces of her voice in most everything I write." It is the wit and wisdom of that Southern Mama Crosby brings to her works of fiction; the result is a delightful blend of humor, mystery and romance along with a cast of quirky charters who will steal your heart away. Her work was first recognized in 2006 when she received The National League of American Pen Women Award for a then unpublished manuscript. She has since gone on to win nineteen awards for her work; these include: TheRoyal Palm Literary Award, the FPA President's Book Award Gold Medal, Reader's Favorite Award Gold Medal, and the Reviewer's Choice Award.

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