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Monday, September 10, 2018

Wisconsin Educator, Mother, & Business Owner Cathy Hansen Reviews "Rose Colored Glasses" by Jo Ann Simon

Thank you WOW! Women on Writing for including us as a blog stop on the book blog tour of Jo Ann Simon's  Rose Colored Glasses- it truly is a pleasure!

Head over to JoAnn's blog for more reviews and information about this fabulous memoir! 

Dear Tom,
I'm back on Anna Maria Island... missing you.
But walking down these beautiful beaches reminds me of us and makes
me feel a little less far away from you. And that encourages me as I am writing our story.
Hopefully this will help other people who are feeling our pain too.
I love and miss you every day, darling.

When he first saw me, Tom said that he would spend the rest of his life with me. To my surprise, he actually did. He was the love of my life. We shared a story that felt like a dream. Every moment was an adventure... and then Tom became ill. As his mysterious symptoms persisted we were hurtled through a maze of fear, tests, doubts and sorrow. But while doctors toyed with diagnoses--Lyme disease, ALS--we filled each day with joy, hope, good food, wine, music and travel. Even when death came to crush our storybook romance, we found that the human spirit is greater than the frailties of the body, greater than suffering and grief.

From the fateful tick bite on Block Island to central nervous system failure, to healing my grief and loss, I stayed afloat, upbeat, and connected to Tom through devotion, true love, and by donning my own special pair of rose-colored glasses.

Paperback:  288 Pages
Publisher:  WiDO Publishing (May 29th 2018)
Genre: Memoir
ISBN-10: 1947966049
ISBN-13: 978-1947966048

Rose Colored Glasses is available for purchase in print and as an ebook at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and IndieBound.  

About the Author:

Jo Ann Simon, a corporate executive, is a lifelong nutmegger, living in various locations in the Nutmeg state of Connecticut. She is a constant traveler, exploring the world including her favorite country, Italy. When she is not traveling, Jo Ann loves spending time with her family, friends and her seven grandchildren. Her day job running a company, painting fine art, gardening and writing fill in the blanks of her life. Palm trees are essential in her personal landscape with beaches to match.

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Review by Cathy Hansen:

Rose Colored Glasses is a story of love, loss, and optimism in the face of terrible obstacles. Jo Ann Simon bravely tells the tale of her journey with her husband, from their meeting and eventually falling in love and marrying, and through his health struggles that eventually took his life. One would expect this to be a sad tale, but Simon is able to point out the silver lining even through the difficult times.

Simon allows readers a window into her life as she shares her joys and her struggles, both the wonderful moments with her husband, as well as the heartbreaking days of dealing with his illness, doctors, and treatments. Rose Colored Glasses is a beautiful book for those dealing with the loss of a loved one, thanks to Simon’s positivism and the way she pushes on and works through the loss, never forgetting the good times. I particularly enjoyed the letters Simon included in the book, telling her husband Tom about her visit back to the vacation destination they had enjoyed together before his illness.

Rose Colored Glasses is also a book of hope, understanding, and awareness about ALS. Even though I know of families who have been touched by ALS, I didn’t know much about the mysterious illness or how families struggle to find a diagnosis. Simon’s story is a powerful tool to help others understand what families go through when an illness like ALS strikes. Thank you, Jo Ann Simon, for bravely sharing these moments with your readers.

About today's reviewer:

Cathy Hansen is a wife, mom, teacher, independent
beauty consultant, and small business owner. She and her husband operate SeedsNBeans, a local nature store, in Two Rivers, Wisconsin.

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