Bloggers about Miss Fortune.
1) Classic Book Reader: Albina Hume’s Miss Fortune.
My Review and Thoughts:
Truly a touching and moving, emotional story. A wonderful example of writing a memorable, memoir. This is a book that I really never wanted to put down. It left a truly lasting impression on me. I in reality, don’t read many memoirs. So when I got the chance to review this one, it was a new experience. I have read memoirs, but the majority of my reading is fiction and so this was a different style. I have to say I really loved this book. The author Albina Hume did a fantastic job in writing her story, about her life and the struggle, hardships she has endured. She was born in the Ukraine, grew up and married a South African property developer and Rhino Breeder. This book details her life and childhood and the differences she faced. One of the sentences that describe the book showcases just what the story is all about: “Who would think that my inability to pronounce the letter R, would turn my life upside down and lead me from Ukraine to South Africa.”
A very touching and moving story that weaves her childhood and adulthood into a thought provoking story that you find yourself turning page after page to finish. I could not help but want to know what happened next in her life. From the horrors of jail, bad relationships, and the destruction of dreams, all come off the page as you read her plight. What I find amazing about this book is the beauty and wonderment of what Albina, and her husband do. They breed and protect African Rhino’s. There activist trying to stop illegal trade, and killing of Rhino’s which for that alone she gets my accolades.
Albina through her words, touches the heartstrings of the reader. She tells her emotional story in a believable way. She captures her pain, her frustration and ultimate love on page, so that the reader can understand, and feel as if you are a part of her persona. She gives a truly extraordinary testimony in this book of childhood fears, and ultimate choices, overcoming the obstacles of life, even when there seems to be no hope.
Albina comes off the page and touches your heart, makes your mind think. It’s a real life story of following dreams, stop living in the fears of the world, or the past. Albina gives a voice to all those suffering as a prisoner to their own emotions. Be yourself and walk away from the fears of the past, and follow your dreams. Albina had a rocky road getting to where she needed to be, happiness. This book is an emotional reality that we all can relate to and understand.
An inspirational and personal non-fiction book about dreams, love and becoming oneself.
Would I Return to it again: Yes I would. It’s a moving and touching experience.
Would I Recommend: Absolutely. A fantastic personal inspiration. I find that anybody could read this, and feel an emotional spark of understanding.
Year Published: 2015
Number of Pages: 255
My Rating: 4 out of 5
Four Words: Inspiring. Motivational. Emotionally charged.
2) Bev’s Blog: Miss Fortune by Albina Hume.
Albina Hume has a most interesting life. Born in a small village in the Ukraine, Albina found opportunities where most of us would just work on surviving. She faces down a number of setbacks, and her persistence and determination to follow her dreams is remarkable. We follow her to Greece, where she works as an exotic dancer. She is frank and honest about the string of relationships, some good and some bad, with the men and the women who she meets in Greece and when back in Ukraine. She tells of the horrors of jail, illegal border crossings and working for and with people who don’t share her desire to do the right thing. The matter-of-fact telling underplays some of the horrors she endures, which made for more engrossing reading. Albina is not ashamed of her mistakes and is open with us about her quest for love and the success that she believes that will bring. There is a lot to tell in this part, and I felt that perhaps some of the detail could have been sacrificed for a better appreciation of the characters involved. It is towards the end of the book that, for me, there is not enough unpacking of the emotions and personal development that lead to Albina’s happy ending. The last few pages felt rushed and that part of the story felt abandoned and underappreciated. From the information about the book, I can see that Albina and her husband, instead of merely being caught up with their happy-ever-after, are involved in saving rhinos, an important and noble pursuit. I would have enjoyed hearing about how she felt about this achievement, as it is clearly a passion for her, but probably a topic on its own. I do read (and review) some memoirs. This one has a great story line, but the telling starts off really well, lost me a little in the middle, and left me slightly disappointed at the end. A solid 3 stars for a very entertaining read.
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