Thursday, July 21, 2011

Blog Tour: Safe From the Past by Patricia Mauro


A kidnapping, the divorce of her parents, the loss of her father, temporary abandonment and extreme poverty are just some of the issues the author dealt with as a young child.


Her mother finally tells her she must go to college so she can break out of this cycle of poverty and hopelessness. But how can she when she has no money and absolutely no confidence or self esteem?


Read this true story to discover what hope, faith and determination can do to change a life.


A truly inspiring, deeply personal tale of perseverance in the face of unimaginable hardships, Safe from the Past makes clear the restorative power of an education.

Told in an open, honest voice with the deepest sincerity, the author's life story serves as a rousing inspiration to those with the desire to create a better life than the one they are currently living.


No matter how helpless you feel, everyone has the power to shape their own life.

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Patricia worked in New York City's financial district for thirteen years in the field of securities operations. At that time, she went on to obtain an MBA from New York University. She and her husband moved to Dallas, TX in 2001 where they are raising their two children.


During her time in NY, Patricia wrote an article entitled "A Tribute To My Mother" which was published in "The Recovery Journal" in 1999. Her book is a continuation of that tribute and serves to spread the message to those in similar situations that good news is on its way to children considering a higher education but who are afraid to dream. For more information please visit, www.patriciamaurobooks.com.

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Review (Received this book for free)

An inspirational story about a woman who is able to get through the horrors of her childhood, this is a book that shows true resourcefulness and spirit. It was a quick, though not easy, read, that can be finished in an afternoon.

The story is set up in an interesting style, the years flying by swiftly, sometimes to a fault. We see the author’s domestic problems, the terrible ways she and her sister managed to survive through years of alcoholic parents. The way that Ms. Mauro manages to find strength in her mother’s words to forge ahead on her plan to attend college is wonderful to read. Not many of us would have that will to make things work for us. The book would have benefitted from a slower pace, from a more detailed description of her school years, to give us a better sense of the way her life improve or didn’t. We are left wondering.

The writing itself could have been better. There are quite a few run-on sentences, and other uncomfortable grammatical structures. There are a number of clich├ęs repeated over and over, which is a fault in which many of inspirational books fall. It is not horribly painful to read, but many times it had me skipping paragraphs to avoid a gag.

All in all, I do recommend it, mainly because it is someone’s life and these kind of experiences do benefit everyone who reads them. If you like inspiring stories of survival against all odds, then this book is for you.



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