A Memoir About Courage and Resilience: My Review of The Winding Road by Miriam Hurdle #FantasticFridayReads #Memoir #Inspiration

Abbie wears a blue and white V-neck top with different shades of blue from sky to navy that swirl together with the white. She has short, brown hair and rosy cheeks and smiles at the camera against a black background.Photo Courtesy of Tess Anderson Photography

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What Amazon Says


In the summer of 2008, Miriam Hurdle was diagnosed with melanoma-an aggressive and invasive cancer in her internal organs. The survival rate before 2008 was low. Besides risking harsh treatments for a slim chance of survival, Miriam had hoops to jump through. By the time she received treatment at the beginning of 2009, her cancer had progressed from stage II to stage IV. It was a rough and uphill winding road. But alongside her was support and encouragement. Accompanied by the love of her family and community, this is Miriam’s journey of faith and miracle. It is a heartwarming story of resilience, courage, and the will to live.


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My Thoughts


I read Miriam’s work in Poetry Treasures 2, which I reviewed here. So, after reading reviews of this book, I was only too happy to pick it up, and I’m glad I did.

In 1999, my mother passed away at the age of 64 after suffering from cancer for six months. Because she’d received a good prognosis, her death was a shock. So, I enjoy reading cancer stories with happy endings.

I was right there with Miriam through her struggles in dealing with doctors and other hospital personnel, the insurance company, officials at the school district where she worked, and the side affects of her treatment. The overwhelming support she received from family and friends moved me. The poems and family photos add a nice touch. This is a story of courage and resilience in the face of cancer that everyone should read.


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New! Why Grandma Doesn’t Know Me

Copyright 2021 by Abbie Johnson Taylor.

Independently published with the help of DLD Books.

The cover of the book features an older woman sitting in a wicker chair facing a window. The world beyond the window is bright, and several plants are visible on the terrace. Behind the woman’s chair is another plant, with a tall stalk and wide rounded leaves. The woman has short, white hair, glasses, a red sweater, and tan pants. The border of the picture is a taupe color and reads "Why Grandma Doesn't Know Me" above the photo and "Abbie Johnson Taylor" below it.

Sixteen-year-old Natalie’s grandmother, suffering from dementia and confined to a wheelchair, lives in a nursing home and rarely recognizes Natalie. But one Halloween night, she tells her a shocking secret that only she and Natalie’s mother know. Natalie is the product of a one-night stand between her mother, who is a college English teacher, and another professor.

After some research, Natalie learns that people with dementia often have vivid memories of past events. Still not wanting to believe what her grandmother has told her, she finds her biological father online. The resemblance between them is undeniable. Not knowing what else to do, she shows his photo and website to her parents.

Natalie realizes she has some growing up to do. Scared and confused, she reaches out to her biological father, and they start corresponding.

Her younger sister, Sarah, senses their parents’ marital difficulties. At Thanksgiving, when she has an opportunity to see Santa Claus, she asks him to bring them together again. Can the jolly old elf grant her request?






Author: abbiejohnsontaylor

I'm the author of three novels, two poetry collections, and a memoir. My work has appeared in various journals and anthologies. I'm visually impaired and live in Sheridan, Wyoming, where for six years, I cared for my totally blind late husband who was paralyzed by two strokes. Please visit my website at: https://www.abbiejohnsontaylor.com

14 thoughts on “A Memoir About Courage and Resilience: My Review of The Winding Road by Miriam Hurdle #FantasticFridayReads #Memoir #Inspiration”

  1. Good morning, Abby, I am dictating so if it has misspelled your name, please excuse. I wanted you to know that I really enjoyed this review. This book has been on my to be read list for a while I think. Now that I have read your review, I am just going to have to set everything else aside other than what I must read and read this book. Thank you for your wonderful reviews. I love. Them because they tell the reader what to expect, what is good, what is not. All of that. You do a very good job. Sometime I might have to have you on my podcast to talk about reviewing books etc. I am thinking about doing an author show featuring several authors and the talents that they show on their blogs, etcetera, and I think you would make a great guest at that table. Have a great weekend and happy reading. PS to those reading comments, if you read this post via e-mail and you’d like to see the descriptions of the photos, visit this blog online for that. They are wonderful. Have a great weekend everybody.

    Patty Fletcher lives in Kingsport Tennessee where she works as an author and social media marketing assistant. Learn more at: http://www.pattysworlds.com

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  2. Sorry about your mom passed away with cancer, especially the prognosis was good. I can imagine it was shocking. My brother-in-law, thought his liver cancer was cured after six months of treatment. But it came back, uncontrollable, and died a few months later. It was shocking to my sister also.

    Thank you so much for your reading and reviewing my memoir. I’m grateful it had a happy ending. I waited for 10 years to make sure it didn’t come back. Then I started thinking about writing it.

    I’m on the plane flying to Portland for my granddaughter’s birthday. I don’t take my life for granted. I’m thankful to be able to enjoy my family. Thank you again.

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