How to survive–and thrive–when life hands you one of its big surprises

March 5, 2022

how-to-surviveIf you’ve reached any adult age at all, you’ve either seen or experienced how life can turn in the blink of an eye. One moment, and everything has changed. How to survive it?

Managing through life’s big surprises–that’s really the business of life, isn’t it?

Many of you have been challenged in this way. I know I have. When my mother was suddenly taken ill and hospitalized for most of a year, and then died, well, that was a big surprise. All my ways of interacting with her had to change during her final illness, because she had changed. Her situation had changed.

I had to change. And as I did, my relationship with my mother became stronger. Richer. And even more loving.

For author Kathleen Canrinus, that reckoning came at the age of 15, when her mother suffered a traumatic brain injury and, once out of a coma, was a significantly different person.

Think about the relationship between a mother and teenage daughter. And then consider what it would be like if your mother was no longer the person she you’d known. And how hard it might be to pivot at that young age, before you’ve built up any resilience to life’s challenges.

how-to-surviveTHAT is the story written by Kathleen Canrinus, who is, by the way, a very good writer, indeed.  It’s called The Lady with a Crown.

You’d think a memoir like that would be sad and depressing, but it’s NOT. Exactly the opposite. In fact, this one is amazingly uplifting and even, at times, funny.

If you’re wondering how to survive and thrive through life’s big surprises, you’ll find one answer in this excellent memoir. I couldn’t give it any higher recommendation. Read it, and buy it for anyone who’s struggling with a life change.

Here’s where The Lady with the Crown by Kathleen Canrinus can be purchased in paperback and/or ebook format. Yes, all live links.

Order from Fuze Publishing, whose taste in books I love.

The Author: Order directly from Kathleen by email at She will sign it if you wish, and ship it to you.

Independent Bookstores
Order directly from your local independent bookstore. We love our indies!

Find it here at Barnes & Noble

And of course, Amazon


7 comments on “How to survive–and thrive–when life hands you one of its big surprises
  1. Thanks for this. I need this book!

  2. My mother and I role reversed when I was 13, and we never went back, and it was stressful on both of us. I married a boy when I was 18, just to get away from her. The last few hours of her life were the sweet loving relationship we’d always wanted, but it was hell getting there. xoxox, Brenda

  3. Meryl says:

    Thanks for the review. Looking forward to the read.

  4. I can only imagine how difficult it would be for a young girl to lose her mother. Sounds like a good book.

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