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Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Review - Echo of A Raven by Sharon Donovan

Title: Echo of a Raven

Author: Sharon Donovan

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Rating: You Gotta Read

Reviewed by: Val

Before losing her sight to diabetic retinopathy, Sharon was a legal secretary with a passion for painting. Devastated when she could no longer paint, she turned to writing as her creative outlet. And a new dream resurrected. Today, instead of painting her pictures on canvas, Sharon paints her pictures with words.

Echo of a Raven is a heartwarming read that educates the reader as well as giving the reader a small glimpse into the life of someone with diabetes. The hopelessness of dealing with something very real seemed overwhelming to me at times. I kept sitting there thinking, "would I be able to be as strong as Sharon?" Dealing with all that she had to, Ms. Donovan shows how much strength and grit she is made of. Echo of a Raven is not just another entertaining read, it is about real emotions of fear, denial, anger and acceptance. Ms. Donovan paints a portrait of just how all consuming this disease really is. There are so many questions to be asked about diabetes and not nearly enough answers. Just what do you do in a situation like this when your health is out of your control no matter how much you take care of yourself?

Echo of a Raven made me really take a look at a lot of the everyday things we take for granted. The sunset, taking a walk without stumbling, the faces of the ones we love, I would not know how to deal with not being able to see these things. When I finished reading Echo of a Raven, for the first time in a long time, I took a look around me and wondered, what if I woke up one day and it was all gone? Throughout the book, I was given a glimpse into the lives of those who have lost or are losing their sight and how society as a whole treats them. I never realized how differently people are treated until I read this book. Everything in life happens for a reason, of that I am sure and I believe Echo of a Raven is one of those books that was meant to be out in the world to comfort others as well as to educate them. We all think bad things will happen to others and not us. Echo of a Raven is a special book to me as my aunt is going through this very thing with her diabetes. I do plan on buying her a copy of this book to show her, your life does not have to end, you can make a very big difference in the world simply by telling your story and educating others. Ms. Donovan has suffered at the hands of diabetes and has conquered her fears and trials and come out on the other end a stronger, more compassionate person with the intent of educating you and I. For this alone, she gets my total respect and admiration.

This book is not all serious in nature. I was touched by the wit and humor that was displayed through the book. Ms. Donovan has approached a very serious subject with grace, wit and humor. One of my favorite parts of the books was when they were serving spaghetti and meatballs. Just the way the cowboy reacted, oh my gosh, I was rolling. I highly recommend this book to anyone! Not just those with an illness or a family member or close friend going through this but to everyone who needs to be educated on such a condition that takes a hold of you and won't let go. I was thankful for the information in the back of the book directing places to go to get more information. Echo of a Raven gets two thumbs up from me and I feel is definitely worth it's weight in gold.


  1. Sharon is having problems posting on this site, She really appreciated it and asked me to post the following for you, Val.

    "Thank you for a wonderful review, Val. You so eloquently put into words precisely what I wanted readers to experience. You just got Echo of a Raven, pure and simple. I know how near and dear diabetes is to your heart with your aunt facing the daily challenges. This is why we must work so hard to find a cure. On behalf of JDRF Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, I thank you from the bottom of my heart."


  2. I'd just to add my congratulations on a fantastic review, Sharon. I am so looking forward to reading this, myself. You are a wonderful, inspiring lady and from what I've heard, this book must surely give hope and inspiration to everyone who reads it.


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