About the Book
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)
I sandwiched my review between an excerpt from Jo Ann Simon's memoir, Rose Colored Glasses, so you would focus on Jo Ann and her amazing story. It has been too long since I've had a guest blogger or joined a blog tour yet when I saw this memoir I knew it was time to invite a fellow author to visit and start reviewing books again. To review a book is a win for all involved. First, it benefits the author because they are able to reach readers they may never cross paths with and second, as the reviewer, I typically receive a free e-book to read and review. I follow the WOW! Women on Writing website and they have a wealth of information. To join the blog tour (all stops listed below) means WOW also gets more visitors and more people are exposed to my website, even if it's only to check out this review. Blog tours are fun and and I meet so many people. I'm glad to be back at it, and to say Jo Ann's book is a perfect book to motivate me, is an understatement.
Jo Ann writes as if she is sitting in a comfy chair on the porch over looking Block Island. I feel as if I'm sipping tea and listening as she details a heart breaking love story. I'm not reading through the book as quickly as I thought because Jo Ann's word pictures and details captivate me. I find myself smiling, laughing, looking, and listening. I'm not going to share any more details from the story than above because this truly is a story of loss, love, hope, and renewal. It's one to be experienced first hand and you won't regret it. I'll finish it this weekend and look forward to reading it while sitting on my deck or I might even drive to Lake Ontario and sit where I can smell the lake's air and hear the waves. I'm thinking I might need a tissue or two but not a box, this is a good read. Kudos to you Jo Ann for sharing your journey and strength with all of us. You are an encouragement to your readers!
Meet The Author
About Jo Ann Simon
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.
Ways to Connect with Jo Ann
Visit Other Blogs about Jo Ann and Her New Release By Visiting...
Monday, July 23rd @ The Muffin
Author Interview and Giveaway!
Tuesday, July 24th @ JoAnn Simon
Crystal Casavant-Otto reviews Rose Colored Glasses by Jo Ann Simon - don't miss this opportunity to learn more about Jo Ann's touching memoir.
Wednesday, July 25th @ Bring on Lemons with Michelle DelPonte
Wisconsin mother, wife, and autism advocate Michelle DelPonte reviews Rose Colored Glasses by Jo Ann Simon and shares her thoughts with readers at Bring on Lemons. This is an unforgettable memoir!
Thursday, July 26th @ Beverley Baird
Beverley Baird reviews Rose Colored Glasses by Jo Ann Simon. This touching memoir is one readers won't soon forget! You'll want to add this one to your #TBRPile today!
Friday, July 27th @ Choices
The readers at Madeline Sharples blog, Choices, are in for a special treat today as Jo Ann Simon pens the guest post "Seeing Art Through the Artist's Eye". Readers can enjoy this post while also learning about Simon's memoir Rose Colored Glasses recently published by WiDO Publishing.
Monday, July 30th @ Selling Books with Cathy Stucker
Cathy Stucker interview Jo Ann Simon about her recently published memoir Rose Colored Glasses
Tuesday, July 31st @ World of My Imagination
Nicole Pyles reviews Rose Colored Glasses by JoAnn Simon and shares her thoughts with readers at World of My Imagination. Don't miss a chance to learn about this memoir of love and loss.
Thursday, August 2nd @ Memoir Writer's Journey
Today's post at Memoir Writer's Journey includes a guest post titled "Simplicity in Life" written by Jo Ann Simon. There is also a link to Kathleen Pooler's review of Simon's recently published memoir Rose Colored Glasses. Readers won't want to miss this opportunity to learn more about Simon and her lovely memoir.
Friday, August 3rd @ One Sister's Journey
Lisa takes shares how Jo Ann Simon's book is a perfect "come back" book for having books tour on her blog.
Tuesday, August 7th @ Bring on Lemons
Today's author spotlight at Bring on Lemons is Jo Ann Simon featuring her recently published memoir Rose Colored Glasses. Don't miss a chance to learn about Simon and check out Crystal's review of this touching memoir.
Wednesday, August 8th @ Lisa Haselton
Lisa Haselton interviews JoAnn Simon about her memoir Rose Colored Glasses (and more)!
Wednesday, August 8th @ Margo Dill
Today's guest author is Jo Ann Simon of Rose Colored Glasses - and today's topic is "A Positive Attitude". Don't miss this blog stop!
Monday, August 13th @ Write Happy
Catherine Brown reviews Rose Colored Glasses a touching memoir by JoAnn Simon.
Monday, August 13th @ Coffee with Lacey
Lacey reviews Rose Colored Glasses by Jo Ann Simon. Don't miss the opportunity to learn more about this inspirational memoir about love, loss, and hope!
Thursday, August 16th @ Ellen Valladares
Fellow author Ellen Valladares reviews Rose Colored Glasses by Jo Ann Simon.
Wednesday, August 22nd @ Linda Appleman Shapiro
Fellow memoirist Linda Appleman Shapiro shares her thoughts after reading Rose Colored Glasses by Jo Ann Simon.
Thursday, August 23rd @ Bring on Lemons with Cathy Hansen
Wisconsin educator, mother, and business owner Cathy Hansen reviews the memoir Rose Colored Glasses by Jo Ann Simon.
A special thanks To WOW and Jo Ann for stopping by today!
Lisa M Buske
P.O. Box 323