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Journeys Through France and Life by Glenda…

Journeys Through France and Life

by Glenda De Vaney

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de Vaney, a Francophile, gives us a wonderful travelogue as well as a candid memoir. We not only traverse through France we also witness the disintegration of a emotionally abusive marriage and receive a diagnosis of schizophrenia of a son.

This sensitive loving woman vacates her marriage and endlessly supports and encourages her son while together they manage his illness. On her own she discovers herself and her stealth independence as she moves ahead without looking back. Her positive mental state serves as an anchor for her son as well as herself. She stumbles upon a hidden talent of photography and travels abroad solo enjoying the calamities and blessings meandering through the terrain of France. I enjoyed touring France through the eyes and experiences of de Vaney. I respect de Vaney’s candor regarding her turbulent marriage and the affecting news of her sons diagnosis. Both topics fragile and sensitive, certainly difficult to share with strangers. Inspiring in her honesty as well as admirable.

Through her painful challenges this mature woman demonstrates strength, courage, and bravery. I admire de Vaney for leaving her emotionally abusive husband rather than allowing the mistreatment to continue. I applaud her for standing by her son, his advocate when his voice was silenced, her endless support and encouragement while they tackled his illness together. An uplifting story exemplifying the power of positive thinking, a woman’s new found independent streak, embracing the future and sojourn of self discovery. ( )
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Month-long trips to France twice a year – that was the life! Until real life intervenes and everything changes. Come on a journey through France with the author and her husband, eating delicious cuisine, seeing fabulous sights, mixing it up with the French. Stay on the journey as a crisis reveals that her son from a previous marriage has schizophrenia, and that her husband is not only unsympathetic, but something more. Travel with the author as she faces her fears, and finds a way back to her true self. Through her experience, others may find insight regarding dark corners of their own lives. She puts a human face on the stigmatized illness of schizophrenia, while sharing her love of France, where she finds frustration, humor, and joy.

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