The Fortunate Four and Other Journeys of the Heart

Published By: Beaver's Pond Press

Book Category: Non-Fiction, Biography & Autobiography

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Reviewed by Barb Greenber
Author of Hope Grew Round Me

Have you ever snuggled next to your Grandmother on the sofa as she gently patted your hand and talked about her adventures as a young girl? Or sat across the kitchen table from your favorite aunt, and while you sipped your steaming cup of tea, her eyes twinkled as she described her first love?

That is how I felt reading The Fortunate Four and Other Journeys of the Heart. Joy Kuby has interviewed women who have experienced most of what the 20th century had to offer. She has taken their stories, and sometimes their journal entries and precious love letters, and has shared them with her readers. Through the repetition of these ordinary stories you are reminded that no life is ordinary; that every life is filled with miracles and courage and is touched with love.

It is clear that Kuby cares deeply for each woman, and she marvels as they move through the Great Depression and World War II, building lives rich in experience and adventure. At the end of your life, Kuby is told, it is your memories that remain. And that is the challenge for each of us, to create memories of our own to cherish.

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