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Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite
Filling Her Shoes: A Memoir of an Inherited Family by Betsy Graziani Fasbinder is an honest and poignant memoir that revolves around the author’s struggles when it came to family problems and relationships. Betsy Graziani was soon going to be a mother for the first time and nothing had prepared her for being a stepparent. Her husband-to-be was a widower and she was gaining a son while getting married. Her memoir chronicles her steps of how to approach motherhood thoughtfully, her fears, her confusions, and her yearnings. The story represents what life was like for them as they became and endured as a family. It is a memoir about struggles, loss, being a stepmother, happiness, renewal, and commitment.
The memoir is honest and the author’s story is real and relatable. The journey of an imperfect childhood and the decision to start an imperfect life have been discussed nicely. The author writes her simple love story of her inherited family, capturing the ordinary and extraordinary moments inside her family, and how she falls in love with her inherited family. She shares her personal stories and experiences, making readers connect well with her feelings and emotions. Memoirs like this are eye-openers to readers as it helps them appreciate the special moments in life because of how fleeting life can be. It also makes many things in life seem unimportant when measured against losing loved ones. The subtle messages conveyed through the memoir are helpful for readers to look at the problems they face in life and appreciate them, and be grateful for what they have.