HAVING BEEN A CARETAKER I FOUND 'A WALK WITH VIRGINIA' BY JILL ZAPATA - NOT ONLY A GREAT READ, BUT SO TRUE TO LIFE AS A CARETAKER - IT IS WELL WORTH THE READ FOR EVERYONE - WHETHER OR NOT YOU HAVE OR WILL EVER EXPERIENCE IT!
To walk with another person can be as mundane as putting on one's socks and shoes, or it can be a twisting, turning, life-changing journey into unknown territory. It can also be everything in between. My walk with Virginia was life changing. It was unexpected. It was challenging. It was frustrating and confusing. We had highs, and we had lows. Thankfully, it was also awe-inspiring and extraordinary.
Have you ever been a caregiver for a family member or a friend? Is it, perhaps, on the horizon of your life? Or maybe you cannot yet see the horizon. Make no mistake, it is not a question of love, whether to provide much needed and potentially long-term care. It is a question of necessity. Love, and devotion born out of love, are the firmly rooted footings on which you stand when providing this necessary care. Humor is the grab bar you grip tightly when the ground below you begins to shake or shift. Patience is paramount. I survived it, and you can, too. I believe I am a better person having had the experience.
My story is a true account of my caregiving experience with my mother-in-law. It lasted only a few short years and, in that time, carved such deep and permanent remembrances too good not to share. Some would ask, "why share something so personal?", and my reply would be, "why not?". Life is so much sweeter when shared with others. I hope you find comfort, a little guidance perhaps, enjoy a few laughs, and chew on some 'food for thought' as you journey with Virginia and I through the blessings and blunders of Caregiving!
Robert W Collins
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book! A great read!
If you are a caregiver or just want a little inside look into how one person handled that difficult position with love and created great memories A Walk With Virginia is the book for you!
I just finished reading the most heartwarming, compassionate memoir by Jill Zapata ‘A Walk With Virginia.’ In it, Ms. Zapata recounts her time spent as a caretaker for her future mother-in-law Virginia.
Having spent time as a caretaker for my mother, I can attest that there are both the funny, as well as those that were heartbreaking, confusing, and yet as Ms. Zapata puts it a ‘fellow feeling’ happens that can only be, between those who you have spent the time as their caretaker.
For as they lose their mobility, ability to do things they once could, and sometimes even their ability to communicate, or hold onto a thought, or activity for long, they become not only your friend, but your child, and no relationship can you ever be quite as close to another, as you do when you become a caretaker.
Yes, it is at times challenging, emotional, frustrating, and difficult, but the joys, and laughter lives on in us so much longer than those harder memories.
I loved this book and shall be one I reread over the years.
CAN SARA OUTWIT A TEGEN WHO HAS VOWED TO HUNT HER TO HER DEATH? TEGEN HUNT (BOOK 4) BY USA TODAY BESTSELLING AUTHOR INGE-LISE GOSS - WILL KEEP YOU ON THE EDGE OF YOUR SEAT.
Can Sara Outwit A Tegen Who Has Vowed To Hunt Her To The Death?A dangerous, cunning Tegen has escaped and is determined to capture Sara and watch her go up in flames. Before the fugitive was taken into custody for a second-level offense, he confessed to Sara that he committed a heinous crime, for which the punishment is death by burning. No one else heard that confession. He’s resolved to prevent her from testifying against him at any cost. Sara is no match for the fugitive’s strength and proficiency in deadly techniques. As the lethal pursuer hunts her, a Tegen enforcer is hunting him.
Despite the risk to her personal safety, Sara can’t ignore a request for help to investigate the suspicious death of an acquaintance’s grandson in New Mexico. Disguised to evade detection, she is making progress in unraveling the jumbled threads of truth when Conner, her crime boss lover, shows up in the same town in the same seedy strip club. He’s there to seal a mysterious business deal with the same nefarious criminals whose misdeeds she is beginning to uncover. Uncertain of whom she can trust, Sara once again turns to Conner.
Will she survive if her deadly immortal enemy tracks her down?
Tegen Hunt reveals more secrets about Sara’s Tegen world as she struggles with the choices that lie ahead while unable to restrain her deep and irresistible attraction to Conner.
Fans of both supernatural fantasy and crime novels are sure to enjoy the blending of genres, which author Inge-Lise Goss does really intelligently...Overall, Tegen Hunt is a well-plotted fantasy adventure with plenty of dark little twists and turns to keep readers entertained from start to finish."--K. C. Finn, Readers' Favorite Reviewer
"Tegen Hunt by Inge-Lise Goss is a captivating urban fantasy with memorable characters and a conflict-driven plot that is well spun."--Ruffina Oserio, Readers' Favorite Reviewer
"This whole series is one of the most immensely detailed and engrossing and Sara's character is one of the most powerful in the genre."--Rabia Tanveer, Readers' Favorite Reviewer
"The story is exciting, fast-paced and what I particularly like about it was that the characters, especially the superhero Tegens, were far from perfect and all had their flaws...An excellent read."--Grant Leishman, Readers' Favorite Reviewer
"The Tegens are a unique, intriguing species, making this a vastly entertaining series,"--Martha's Book Reviews
"If you like thrillers with a touch of romance and chilling horror waiting around every corner, you will love this novel."--Peggy Jo Wipf,Readers' Favorite Reviewer
WHO WILL BE THE SPIDER'S NEXT VICTIM? THIS ACTION-PACKED FANTASY-THRILLER CONSTANTLY LEAVES YOU ON THE EDGE OF YOUR SEAT - AWARD-WINNING TEGEN PUNISHMENT (BOOK 3) BY USA TODAY BESTSELLING AUTHOR INGE-LISE GOSS
Who Will Be The Spider’s Next Victim?For over two years a treacherous Tegen has evaded capture by enforcers, executing anyone who crosses his path.
Recruited to assist a Tegen enforcer, Sara Jones is on a desperate hunt to stop the renegade who has no regard for human, or spider, life. To penetrate the religious compound he uses as his hideout, she must conceal her true identity. But finding the elusive Tegen is more difficult than she may have imagined, and the compound is far more dangerous than anyone could have known.
˃˃˃ A Dangerous Criminal Ally With His Own AgendaWhen a notorious crime boss shows up in town, Sara enlists his help, but he has his own agenda, one that may advance his criminal enterprise.
As mayhem erupts, she must outwit unsavory zealots and find the killer before her cover is blown. The clock is ticking.
Can she bring the fugitive to justice before it’s too late?
˃˃˃ This action-packed fantasy-thriller constantly leaves you on the edge of your seat.Tegen Punishment is the third book in the Tegen series. After reading the Tegen definition at the beginning of the novel, it can easily be read as a standalone story.
Critical Acclaim for the Tegen Series
"While many books are still dwelling on the usual eternal creatures, withTegen Punishment Inge-Lise Goss brings a whole new and refreshing species tothe genre of contemporary immortals. The characters are rich, well-rounded, andeasy to root for, especially Sara, who remains true to herself, no matter whois around her. As well, the pacing kept me wanting to read to the end."- Kris Moger, Readers' Favorite Reviewer ★★★★★
"...its originality will surprise readers and the plot lines will havethem turning the pages nonstop...[with] a compelling cast of charactersenmeshed in a deadly and very powerful conflict."--Ruffina Oserio,Readers' Favorite Reviewer ★★★★★
5.0 out of 5 stars Thrill of the chase, but first they have to find out who is chasing whom!
Inge-Lise Goss has a talent for combining spiders, an occult, and mobsters into an enthralling novel, Tegen Punishment (Tegens Book 3). The introduction gives you enough information about what Tegens for this novel to standalone, but may characters within its pages where key plans in previous books. Sara Jones broke the rules and her punishment could be serious, but they gave her a choice to bring in a rogue Tegen enforcer as her sentence.
Though I am not a fan of spiders, I could not put Tegen Punishment down until I read to the last page. Inge-Lise Goss keeps the plot around Sara while developing the other characters more. Sara found she is effective working with Tegen enforcers but I love how she is more sensitive towards mortals and strives to keep innocent people unharmed. She does well working with several groups at one time though she is too trusting. I loved the theme and characters and would love to read more from this author.
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