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“Being Sarah” – Time For a Book Review and Give Away!

Have you had breast cancer or do you know someone who has?

Do you consider yourself to be a bit outspoken or perhaps wish you were a bit more outspoken?

Have you ever been a caretaker to someone with a serious illness, or do you know someone who has been?

Are you concerned about the pink ribbon culture that exists today in the world of breast cancer?

Do you wish more was being done in the realm of cancer prevention?

Have you wondered how a national health care system works?

Do you enjoy reading candidly written memoirs, the kind you can’t put down?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, then I have a perfect book for you to read and possibly even win!

The book is entitled Being Sarah. The author, Sarah Horton, is a new friend of mine from Liverpool, England. I would be giving this particular book a “thumbs up” even if she was not a friend.

Really, I would be!

Sometimes members of my family roll their eyes when they see or ask me what I’m presently reading. I know exactly what they’re thinking; don’t you ever get sick of reading stuff about breast cancer?

Well, quite honestly, no. I don’t; especially when the story is real and candid, especially when it is a book like Being Sarah.

Being Sarah is a wonderfully honest story about the author’s own breast cancer odyssey from D-day, diagnosis day as she calls it, to finish. Well, actually her story isn’t finished, because as Sarah so honestly states over and over in her book, a cancer diagnosis is not something that ends one day when treatment stops. Once cancer enters your life, it’s there for good.

I could not agree more.

Being Sarah is a perfect title for this book because that’s exactly what it’s about; Sarah being Sarah, Sarah questioning the status quo, Sarah not blindly accepting, Sarah being opinionated, Sarah challenging the pink ribbon culture, Sarah feeling like she does not fit the “proper cancer mold” and mostly it’s about Sarah being true to herself.

Sarah shares her unique experience with breast cancer, including the devastating emotional ramifications that also often accompany a breast cancer diagnosis, but aren’t always talked about.

Being Sarah is first and foremost honest and fresh. It is as it says on the cover, “A true story about choice, control and breast cancer.”

You won’t be able to put it down.

If you would like to win a free copy of Being Sarah, simply leave a comment stating so and your name will be entered in the give away. You can do so up until Tuesday, August 2. Be sure to include your email address. To double your chances of winning, visit Nancy’s Point on Facebook and leave a comment there as well in the Being Sarah post. Also, if you haven’t had a chance yet, be sure to “like” Nancy’s Point on Facebook.

If you have read the book, please leave a comment and let others know what you thought of it!

The winner of the give away will be announced on my blog and on my Nancy’s Point Facebook page shortly after the drawing.

Thanks for reading my review and be sure to enter the drawing for your free copy of Being Sarah!

Good luck!

About the author

In addition to being an author, Sarah Horton is an artist, film-maker, knitter, gardener and runner. She is also a speaker and breast cancer activist. She lives in Liverpool, England with her husband Ronnie Hughes, whose important role as Sarah’s caretaker is also lovingly written about in her book. Sarah blogs at Being Sarah where she shares her ups and downs, milestones and lingering fears. She also shares her joys in life and passion for nature through her writing, photos and film.

Being Sarah is published by Wordscapes and is available online at www.beingsarah.com. Being Sarah is also available to order from bookshops. Extracts from Being Sarah are available to read at her website as well.

 

 

                                                                                                                                      

34 thoughts on ““Being Sarah” – Time For a Book Review and Give Away!

  1. I, too, never tire of reading about breast cancer…and would LOVE to win this book.

    Thank you for doing this!

    -Holly (triple negative)

    1. Holly, I know what you mean. I just can’t read enough about it. You might think we’d get sick of the topic, but no… Glad to hear you’re like me! Thanks for throwing your name in.

  2. Read, and loved, Being Sarah. Sarah asks: “How come breast cancer has risen to this status, it’s almost glamorous?”

    My take on this important question: After breast cancer activists worked so hard in the early breast cancer movement to destigmatize the disease, claim a voice for the diagnosed, disseminate accurate and useful information, and affect the direction of research, some of us have been glamored to such a degree that the diagnosed (and anyone else for that matter) are re-stigmatized every time they ask questions or disagree with pink ribbon culture. We’re supposed to just smile and put on some pink-colored glasses for the cure.

    Not Sarah! Status quo just isn’t good enough.

    1. PRB, Thanks for sharing your thoughts on Being Sarah. It’s good to hear from someone else who has already read it and agrees with me! That particular question Sarah asked really struck me too. Sometimes it does seem almost as if breast cancer has been “glamorized.” What’s next, more smiling and acceptance? I don’t think so.

  3. Thanks for the review and for your kind words about me, Nancy. So often us caretakers are overlooked. I never have been,by Sarah, of course, but it’s great to be recognised here. So thank you.

    1. Ronnie, This is one of the nicest comments I have received since beginning my blog. The fact that you would take time to stop by to thank me for the review and for my mention of caretakers speaks volumes in itself. Your “behind the scenes” role throughout Sarah’s book did not go unnoticed. And we all know it really wasn’t a “behind the scenes” role at all was it? I, too, have a wonderful caretaker and I know in that, Sarah and I are both lucky. Thanks for your kind comment! It means a lot.

  4. Sarah, I’ve recently placed an order for your book with Amazon, but if I win a copy, then I’ll be able to give it to a friend, too. I can’t wait to read it, and I’m so glad to know you. And, Nancy, what a fantastic thing to do here!! Kudos to you, dear woman!

    And, Ronnie, you da bomb.

  5. Hi Nancy, I’d love to read Sarah’s book and will whether I win or not. It’s on my ever growing book list. Thanks for the great review. I love Sarah and this book sounds very special.

    1. Stacey, I think you’re like me here too. I just can’t read up on this stuff enough! You will enjoy Sarah’s book, it’s so real and honest. I’m glad you liked my review and thanks for commenting and entering the give away!

  6. Nancy, what a wonderful giveaway! I would LOVE to win this book, as would so many others. Always curious about others’ stories, I’m eager to devour these types of memoirs. And I’m also a friend of Sarah’s.
    Jan
    jan@janhasak.com

    1. Jan, I know what you mean about being curious about all those other stories. Memoir is my favorite genre anyway. Glad you are entering the giveaway. Thanks for commenting!

  7. Nancy, what a great giveaway. I would absolutely love to win this book, and to quote another would be reader…Have now added this to a wish list just incase I don’t win a copy. There should be many more publications like this made available worldwide. High Five Sarah and high Five Nancy for giving us a chance to win !

    1. Lisa, Thanks so much for your comment and for entering this giveaway. I appreciate your participation! I just read your post, now I’m pretty curious. Good luck with things, Lisa. I guess you don’t need any lessons on being outspoken! Of course, I already sensed that! ha. And that’s a compliment!

  8. Although I am too late to enter the contest, I sure appreciate learning about this book. I will check it out–as I, too, like to read and be informed. Thanks for the review.

    1. Kim, Thanks for reading and taking time to comment. I know I can never read enough about this stuff. Sounds like you feel the same way. Hope you will check out this book soon. It’s a good one.

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