I love to read. In the past year, I have watched far less on TV preferring to curl up with a book. Because I love variety, there is not just one genre of book I read. Memoirs are one genre, though, that I don’t read as often. So, when the chance to review the book Everything and a Happy Ending came, I was interested.
Everything and a Happy Ending by Tia Shurina
My Thoughts on this Title
While some memoirs have a very nostalgic feel, this one is more raw. Nothing is held back if it needs to be shared. So, if you like things all prim and proper, this is not the title for you.
Tia starts by giving some background to her own personal philosophy of life. From that beginning, I could tell that our views of the world will be different. But, I have found that listening to the stories of others lives helps to enrich my own. We don’t need to all have the same view of the world and belief systems to learn something from each other.
She shares from her past experiences, weaving a tale that brings the reader into her life. And, while there are tales from the past, she interweaves life lessons she’s learned. Such as the fact you can not force another person to accept something or behave a certain way because you tell them that’s the way it should be. (Sadly, there are many who think that way not just with children, but also adults.)
Tia’s willingness to share her experience makes the world a richer place for those who read. Her story is there for any woman who feels stuck, wondering how to fully embrace their life. The primary audience is a woman entering mid-life, which is where I am. However, I could see younger women benefiting from her story as well.
While we can’t tell someone how to act or believe, we can share the wisdom gained and hope they internalize it. Ultimately, though, we often have to learn from experience.
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What Is Everything and a Happy Ending by Tia Shurina?
EAAHE, a memoir published by Mascot Books, details the journey & soulful shift of her story as Tia shares her holy grail & trail she took to transform her life. After moving through her own metamorphosis she then helped an old friend, Ray Romano, move through his own transition, going with the flow very privately, but most profoundly.
“My journey almost destroyed me. Almost. Boy have I come to like that word. What a pleasurable word almost can be. You may be ready to buy my book. You may be ready to begin an amazing new journey of your own. You may be over that rainbow Judy Garland sings about. What great potential can hold if you can flip your way of thinking. Just imagine, controlled pessimism, doubt & fear flipped into blind optimism, faith & love.”
That flip helped Tia move to a place where heaven meets earth…the pearly gates of her own happy ending. Changing the ending for her story brought a pure, precious, peace of heart, but kicked her butt a bit as she made her way…committed to keeping her faith. The book was a Plan C, maybe even D, but Tia was determined, after a dedicated intention & divine decision to start swimming more with the current of her life, instead of bucking that flow.
What This Book Offers
Her ordinary, relatable story took an extraordinary, fantastical turn when she showed the Universe she was committed to her intention & her desire to be given an opportunity to make some new, different choices. EAAHE is a memoir that shares the “how’d that happen?” & the “how’d she do that?” in a holy hope of helping others to see life in a new way.
EAAHE recounts 3 inter-connected relationships & love stories that enabled Tia to love truly, deeply, & most of all, love herself. Three special circles she rounded with Ray, her dad, & her ex-husband. A true woman’s full circle journey to learn how to really trust, how to “thine own self be true”, & then, the real & true love it led her ‘round back to.
It shares how the power of love & a journey to intimacy helped her make a faithful flip which began a sacred circle & new chapter…one that would allow a different ending for a story she had begun writing for herself when she was much younger. One that Tia feels strongly will inspire other women of a certain age to keep faith that it’s not too late to write a new ending for their own, as they embrace their history, not try to re-write.
Tia is, most days, filled with joy. She is, every day, filled with peace. She looks forward to a happy ending each new day now, however it unfolds, whomever it holds, & whatever way the Universe molds, as she continues to create a new “happily ever after”, staying committed to rising above her fears, moving out of her comfort zones, and going with the flow of her life.
Finding Everything and a Happy Ending by Tia Shurina
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