Reviewed by Alyssa Katanic

Letters from a Distant Shore, by Marie Lawson Fiala, is a mother’s memoir about her son’s unfortunate experience with AVM (in easy terms: a bad artery to vein connection in the brain), which ruptured, causing a brain bleed. Fiala describes going through their son’s comma and waking, brain damage, hospital experiences, and the deep faith and prayer from around the world that carried them through.

Such a memoir is one to be read with tissues close at hand, yet it is also uplifting as Fiala shares the family’s experiences with healing prayer, and the family, friends, and strangers who surrounded them with love, encouragement, and support.

Ultimately, Letters from a Distant Shore is a story of hope. Hope that our struggles will transform our inner selves for the best. Hope that we have more loved ones thinking of us and praying for us than we realize. Hope that we can walk through life’s tragedies, one step at a time, and truly make it through.

Fiala’s writing and relating is highly skilled and beautiful. Her well-read mind shines through the included quotes and references.

Best of all, their family’s story ends (or rather continues) happily ever after – as much as this life can.

Letters from a Distant Shore is a book that will encourage you to hold the children in your life that much closer, with that much more patience for their difficult days, and thankfulness for every day that you have with them.

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

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Alyssa is a wife and stay at home, homeschooling mother of five, with two boxers, two cats, a soft shelled turtle named after Bob the Builder, and 7 frogs (admittedly a homeschooling project gone froggy). In all her spare time, she loves to read and believes that there is no such thing as having too many books!

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Pasta Queen PR. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.