Sunday, October 4, 2015

Three More Words

Three More Words
by Ashley Rhodes-Courter

Genre: Memoir

Synopsis:  In the sequel to the New York Times bestselling memoir Three Little Words, Ashley Rhodes-Courter expands on life beyond the foster care system, the joys and heartbreak with a family she's created, and her efforts to make peace with her past.

Ashley Rhodes-Courter spent a harrowing nine years of her life in fourteen different foster homes.  Her memoir, Three Little Words, captivated audiences everywhere and went on to become a New York Times bestseller as well as a movie produced by the team who brought you Twilight.  Now Ashley reveals the nuances of life after foster care: college and its assorted hijinks, including meeting "the one."  Marriage, which began with a beautiful wedding on a boat that was almost hijacked (literally) by some biological family members.  Having kids-from fostering children and the heartbreak of watching them return to destructive environments, to the miraculous joy of blending biological and adopted offspring.

Whether she's overcoming self-image issues, responding to calls for her to run for Senate, or dealing with continuing drama from her biological family, Ashley Rhodes-Courter never fails to impress or inspire with her authentic voice and uplifting message.

Review: At first I wasn't so sure what to think of this book because I felt like the beginning jumped all over the place and I was having a hard time following.  Plus I didn't feel the connection to her continuing story and felt like some aspects of the beginning were very trivial and not connected to her past as a foster child.  Once Rhodes-Courter got married and they decided to become foster parents, the story really picked up for me.  It's heartbreaking to read about the horrors that the children went through before entering foster care and then how they would get shuffled around and ended up in situations that may not have been much improved.  I think Rhodes-Courter does a good job of being honest as to the emotions that a foster parent goes through when finding out the child's story and also when they have to relinquish control of them back to the system.  I appreciated the rest of her story but I liked the first one better.

Rating: 3.5 stars

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