Posted by: irenesroth | May 21, 2013

Book Review: Rearview Mirror

Rearview Mirror: A Memoir
By: Alana Stewart

This is a compelling memoir that has so many important lessons to teach all women. Alana’s story is a testament to the fact that we can all face our past and move past it and learn some important lessons from those experiences.

Many women will be able to relate to Alana Stewart’s plight. On the outside, she seemed to have a GREAT life. She was an international model, actress, talk-show host, filmmaker, and bestselling author. But despite these accomplishments, she felt abandoned, was poor, suffered the humiliation of infidelity, and even violence.

Her life has been a journey from a one room shack in rural Texas to the high-fashion to the pulsating sexy dance floors of Studio 54. Alana lived in mansions in Hollywood. But her emotional abuse was really excruciating and it was taking its toll on her spirit. She struggled with bouts of depression, and there were many very difficult times for Alana.  Yet through it all we could see that Alana was growing as a person and a woman, through each negative experience.  I didn’t doubt even at the beginning of this memoir that Alana would ultimately rise up victoriously.

She also reveals some of the pains and insights of her two high profile marriages and divorces to two iconic stars, rocker Rod Stewart, and actor George Hamilton. She also discusses her life as a single mom, the effects of drug addiction in her family, and the tragic deaths of her mother and best friend Farrah Fawcett.

This memoir is so honest and compelling that I have suggested it as a must read to one of my book clubs which consists of women who have been abused in some way at the hands of loved ones. I know that every woman who reads this book will want to be more than she is right now, and will know that she can rise above abuse and humiliation. All every woman has to do is believe in herself and recapture her spirit—the spirit that was bruised and damaged by the emotional trauma.

Writing can be such a release and so therapeutic for women who are bruised by life.  We should all try to write our story.

Reviewed by:  Irene S. Roth

This book review was first published on Blogcritics

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