Friday, February 25, 2011

Left At The Altar - BookSneeze Review

This is not a book for the faint of heart. Filled with jaw dropping moments of angst and epiphany, Kimberley Kennedy's reflection on that terrible day and the months that followed is actually a story of hope and healing.  With her no-holds-barred conversational style, Kimberley fills the pages of her book with stark honesty and humor.

A news anchor herself, Kimberley's heartache was front page news. The jilting of Kimberley Kennedy by her fiance' the day before her "perfect" wedding was a story carried by news channels across the country. From Good Morning America to Primetime, her nightmare was broadcast for all to see.  

But this is not just for jilted brides. It is for any woman who has felt the pain and loss of rejection. From the loss of a dream to the loss of a marriage, Kimberley's hard-won wisdom is both useful and encouraging.

With sections on How Not To Let Rejection Define You to How To Shape Your Future Story, Kimberley arms her readers with pearls gained from her terrible experience to uplift others.

Kimberley's book doesn't stop there. Personal stories from readers drive home the point that you don't have to be a national star to feel the sting of rejection or the triumph of coming out stronger after the fact. The stories, sent to her by women following her story, were both comforting and rallying for Kimberley and by extension, her readers.

To top it off, she includes the male point of view.  The "Dumpers" if you will. Something I didn't expect and learned a lot from.  The interviews from men of varying ages, socio-economic background, and relationship experience was eye opening.  What they have to say may surprise you.

If you've ever been rejected, you're often left with so many questions.  Why? What went wrong? How can I avoid this again? This book helps you come to terms with those feelings and offers advice on creating a future...a different one than you wanted, but hopeful none-the-less.

Through prayer and much soul searching, Kimberley comes to understand her own role in the disaster. This is important because the lessons she learns about control and trust are what she passes onto her readers.  With her spunky, no-nonsense attitude, Kimberley tells it how it is and helps others in the process.  Filled with insight and encouragement, Left At The Altar is great read. 

I recommend it to anyone who has felt the pain of rejection and wonders if it ever gets better.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.


Jess said...

This sounds like a good one, with a nice mix of sad and empowering moments. Thanks for the review!

Laura Marcella said...

This is a true story? Yikes! How terrible. That's wonderful of her to share her experience to help others going through the same thing.

Julie Musil said...

Wow, what a painful subject. I'll bet this was a tough book to write, and yet the process was probably healing. Great idea to include a man's perspective also. Thanks for spreading the word about this book.

Rogue Mutt said...

Guess it wouldn't do me any good then.

Erin Kane Spock said...

Sounds intriguing. I'm sure a lot of people can relate. Great review. :)

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Hey Raquel! Thought I'd come here and answer your question directly. I refused to see I am #4 after reading about the publishing house behind it. (I had a blog post about the whole thing a couple weeks ago.) James Frey owns it and pays teens $500 for their manuscripts. They don't even get author credit. Really a shady deal...

L'Aussie said...

Hi Raquel. I think I've read this (if it's set in Nantucket I have.)

I'm just finishing up my Publication Party series so now I've a little time to get around and say hi personally to everyone in my 2 crusader groups. I've made a blogroll in my sidebar especially for my groups so I can see your latest posts and comment (which is the idea as we can't keep up with 200+ crusaders!)

Oh, and I also created a badge which is yours to copy and take in my latest post of welcome to romance crusaders. I'd be delighted to see it in each of our sidebars.