Mindful Monday – P. S. I Forgive You, by D. G. Kaye

Welcome to Mindful Monday. Each week I look at new or sometimes old things about myself on my journey to becoming more conscious about my life journey. I have found that being mindful encompasses the act of being watchful, aware, wary, heedful, alert, careful, or attentive, in whatever area in my life I feel it applies to, as I try to engage in the present.

Come and join me on my journey. You never know what you will learn about yourself.

I have something different for you this week. It’s a book review of a novel that touched me deeply. The subject matter had to do with a journey and a liberation of pent up emotions that enabled the author to find peace. If that is not a mindful journey, I don’t know what is.

Mindfulness is about change, understanding, and acceptance of who we are and who we want to become. We all have a journey, and who we are as children changes through the years into adulthood. Perhaps it has to do with maturity, but we all get to a certain age where reflection leads to deeper understanding and forgiveness of the things we simply cannot change.

Please let me introduce:

  • Title:  P. S. I Forgive You – A Broken Legacy
  • Author: D.G. Kaye
  • File Size: 358 KB
  • Print Length: 107 Pages
  • Publisher: Self-Published by Author
  • Publication Date: 9/26/2016
  • Sold By: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01LWOYPRP
  • Formats: Paperback and Kindle
  • Goodreads
  • Genres: Parenting and Relationships, Family Literature, Biography, Memoirs

IN THE AUTHOR’S WORDS:

“I hurt for her. She wasn’t much of a mother, but she was still my mother.”

“Confronted with resurfacing feelings of guilt, D.G. Kaye is tormented by her decision to remain estranged from her dying emotionally abusive mother after resolving to banish her years ago, an event she has shared in her book Conflicted Hearts. In P.S. I Forgive You, Kaye takes us on a compelling, heartfelt journey as she seeks to understand the roots of her mother’s narcissism, let go of past hurts, and find forgiveness for both her mother and herself.

After struggling for decades to break free, Kaye has severed the unhealthy ties that bound her to her dominating mother—but now Kaye battles new confliction, as the guilt she harbors over her decision only increases as the end of her mother’s life draws near. Kaye once again struggles with her conscience and her feelings of being obligated to return to a painful past she thought she left behind.”

MY RECOMMENDATION:

How many of us come from dysfunctional families? I know I certainly came from one. However, when you are the child of a narcissistic mother, those wounds fester and bleed well into adulthood becoming baggage that hangs around your heart. Almost certainly, these feelings are accompanied by guilt and a desire to understand why a mother could treat her own flesh and blood in such a demeaning way. Especially, when you would never think of treating your own children with such disdain.

This is the author’s journey to redemption. She sets out to explain the reasons why her mother treated her and her siblings in such a derogatory manner. What she discovers is her own strength and determination to come to grips with the revelations that none of this treatment was her fault. The final realizations pivot the reader to experience the liberation of a survivor, first hand, with empathy and compassion for the author and her family.

I followed D. G. Kaye’s path into a state of mindfulness, where she focuses on the present while acknowledging and accepting her feelings and thoughts from the past. At times, I cried right along with the family, feeling old emotions of my own boil to the surface. Ultimately, the story ends when understanding is achieved and the only avenue left is that of forgiveness.

This is a poignant novel filled with inspiration and strength. By the end of the story, I felt like D. G. Kaye, and I had become close friends, and she was telling me that my hunt to dispell my own childhood demons was going to be all right. If you have a narcissistic family member, this is the book for you. Believe me, you will never feel alone again.

MY RATING:

Character Believability: 5
Flow and Pace: 5
Reader Engagement: 5
Reader Enrichment: 5
Reader Enjoyment: 5
Overall Rate: 5 out of 5 stars



Author, D.G. Kaye

About the Author

“D.G. Kaye was born and resides in Toronto, Canada. She is the author of Conflicted Hearts – A Daughter’s Quest for Solace From Emotional Guilt, Meno-What? – A Memoir, and Words We Carry. D.G. is a nonfiction/memoir writer. Kaye writes about her life experiences, matters of the heart and women’s issues.

D.G. writes to inspire others. Her writing encompasses stories taken from events she encountered in her own life and the lessons that were taken from them. Her sunny outlook on life developed from learning to overcomes some of the many obstacles that challenged her. From an emotionally neglected childhood to growing up with a narcissistic mother, leaving her with a severely deflated self-esteem, D.G. began seeking a path to rise above her issues. When she isn’t writing intimate memoirs, Kaye brings her natural sense of humor into her other works.

D.G. began writing when pen and paper became tools to express her pent-up emotions during a turbulent childhood. Her writing began as notes and cards she wrote for the people she loved and admired when she was afraid to use her voice.

Through the years, Kaye journaled about life, writing about her opinions on people and events and later began writing poetry and health articles for a Canadian magazine as her interest grew in natural healthcare. Kaye became interested in natural healing and remedies after encountering a few serious health issues. Against many odds, D.G. has overcome adversity several times throughout her life.

D.G. began writing books to share her stories and inspiration. Her compassion and life experiences inspire her to write from the heart. She looks for the good and the positive in everything and believes in paying it forward.

“For every kindness, there should be kindness in return, Wouldn’t that just make the world right?”

D.G.’s Favourite Saying: “Live. Laugh. Love …and don’t forget to breathe!”

When D.G. is not writing, she’s reading. Her favourite genres of reading are biographies, memoirs, writing and natural health. Kaye loves to read about people who overcome adversity, victories, and redemption and believes we have to keep learning–there is always room for improvement! She loves to cook, travel, and play poker (when she gets the chance).”

You can find D.G. on social media and her author and blog pages:
www.dgkayewriter.com
www.goodreads.com/dgkaye
www.amazon.com/author/dgkaye7
www.twitter.com/@pokercubster
www.facebook.com/dgkaye
www.about.me/d.g.kaye.writer
www.google.com/+DebbyDGKayeGies
www.linkedin.com/in/dgkaye7

Thanks for stopping by and offering your support. It always makes the path easier when we have friends along for the ride.

Remember… If you would like to join me with your mindful goals, please do. The whole idea is to start thinking about ways that you can get in touch with your own mindfulness needs and how it pertains to your life. Write about it. We all learn from each other’s experiences.

If you’d like, you can link to my post with a ping-back each week in a separate post on your own blog. I will add your blog to a list of Mindful Monday supporters that others can visit to gain motivation on each of my Mindful Monday posts. I’m happy to see you!

Until next week. Don’t forget to let me know how your week is going. 

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54 Comments Add yours

  1. dgkaye says:

    Wow Colleen, I’m truly touched. There is nothing better for an author than to find that their words have reached and touched someone. You brought a tear to my eye when I read the part about my story bringing one to yours. Thank you for taking the tine to read, review and especially to include your review in this wonderful post that I will definitely be reblogging. (Oh, P.S. the book is 150 pages in paperback so I don’t know how Amazon comes up with 107) 🙂 ❤ ❤

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    1. Oh, my goodness! Thank you, Debby. Your journey is something I have gone through myself. I loved your book and hope it helps other folks too. ❤

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      1. dgkaye says:

        Thanks again Colleen. I do so hope it does give others a chance to learn there is forgiveness within all of us. ❤

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        1. I agree. Your book and journey should bring absolution to many. Many hugs to you my friend. ❤

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          1. dgkaye says:

            Thank you again Colleen. ❤

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          2. You are most welcome. ❤

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    1. Thanks for sharing, Kate. ❤

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    2. dgkaye says:

      Thank you so much dear Kate. ❤

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  2. Reblogged this on Colleen Chesebro ~ Fairy Whisperer and commented:

    A mindful book review of P. S. I Forgive You, by D. G. Kaye ❤

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  3. olganm says:

    Great review! Thanks, Colleen. More reasons to get to the book now!

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    1. Thanks,Olga. This one really makes you think. ❤

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    2. dgkaye says:

      Thank you Olga. ❤

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  4. Tina Frisco says:

    Heartfelt review, Colleen. I felt how moved you were as I read it. If Debby’s book weren’t already on my TBR, it would be now ♥

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    1. It really made me come to grips with my family situation. Very emotional! 😭❤

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    2. dgkaye says:

      Thank you T! Your copy is on its way! ❤

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      1. Tina Frisco says:

        Welcome, Deb. And thanks! I can read on the computer for only so long before my eyes begin to hurt. ❤

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        1. dgkaye says:

          I hear you girlfriend! 🙂 ❤

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  5. Norah says:

    What a fabulous review. I envy those who don’t suffer from a dysfunctional family. Are there any? Really?

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    1. LOL. My sentiments exactly, Norah. It’s what we do with our lives after we leave our parents care that defines us… ❤

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      1. Norah says:

        It is. I think it’s hilarious when adults are being interviewed and they state, “Well I was brought up to …” Sometimes we need to change those attitudes we were brought up with, but we always need to decide if they are the best attitudes to take with us through our lives.

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        1. Well said, Norah. I am so different from everyone in my family. I have always joked that I am the black sheep! Actually, I’m happy to be different. 😀

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          1. Norah says:

            Oh well, we’re both the black sheep then, and happy for it!

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    2. dgkaye says:

      Thanks Norah, and good question. It seems by many of the reviews I get, too many have endured. ❤

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      1. Norah says:

        Except for the families we create for our own children. 🙂

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  6. Lovely Colleen and Debby.. lovely to see you both together and a lovely post. Sally ♥

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    1. Hello, Sally. Thank you. Debby wrote a poignant journey that many of us should also travel. I found her book through one of your posts. A double plus for all of us. ❤

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        1. Thank you, Sally. Same to you. ❤

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    2. dgkaye says:

      Thank you so much Sally for your lovely visit and comment. ❤ ❤

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    1. dgkaye says:

      Thanks so much for sharing on your pages Adele. ❤

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      1. adeleulnais says:

        It is always my pleasure to share Debby xx

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  7. karenringalls says:

    I have read Debby’s book which deserves more than 5/5 stars! I am also from a dysfunctional family and found her book most moving and helpful. I have reblogged this on http://www.kareningalls.blogspot.com. Thank you, Colleen and Debby.

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    1. Many thanks to you Karen for spreading the word about Debby’s book. I couldn’t agree with you more. It was an emotional eye-opening read! ❤

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    2. dgkaye says:

      Thank you so much Karen for your most kind compliment and for sharing. It’s always mt biggest thrill when I know my words have left an impression. ❤

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  8. A lovely review of Debby’s book. It must be terrible to grow up in a situation like that. It is wonderful that Debby was able to write about it. I think there is a lot of relief in writing and sharing.

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    1. I agree, Robbie. It also helps those of us who grew up in similar circumstances cope with their memories. It was an emotional read for me. I know Debby’s story will help others. ❤

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    2. dgkaye says:

      Thank you Robbie. I think the relief set in with the first book, Conflicted Hearts. By the time I’d written this book, the sequel, it was the closure after 54 years. I wanted to write it so that others who could relate to similar situations could find that there is a way despite what we endure, to dig deep within and find a place for forgiveness with understanding. 🙂

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  9. A touching review of Debby’s talented writing.. And that she could evoke such emotions shows the depth of feeling she poured into her heartfelt journey to forgiveness..
    Love and Blessings Sue x

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    1. Thank you, dear Sue Dreamwalker. I love your name! I felt like I was on Debby’s journey with her. It was truly an empathic healing! ❤

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      1. Debby is a wonderful person who has come through a lot.. I am only too pleased she has found closure through her writing.. 🙂 ( we had similar Mothers ) so I understand her story 🙂 Many thanks for replying back.. and lovely to meet you xx

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        1. Same here, Sue. I had a horrendous childhood so felt Debby’s pain. ❤

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          1. I am sorry to hear that Colleen.. And children all over the world still suffer..
            May you have a Peaceful weekend.. ❤

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          2. Happy St. Patrick’s Day! ☘️☘️☘️

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  10. macjam47 says:

    Colleen, your review of Debby’s book is beautiful and heartfelt. Debby’s book certainly resonates with me, Hugs to you and to Debby.

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    1. Thanks for sharing my review of Debby’s book. ❤

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