Incompatible with Nature

A Mother's Story

Non-Fiction - Parenting
358 Pages
Reviewed on 02/25/2019
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Author Biography

Born in Seattle, Washington, to a beauty queen and a domineering
entrepreneurial father, Tracie began working in the family real estate business at the age of nine by cleaning apartments on weekends.

By the time Tracie received her degree in Business Administration from Seattle University, she had been working in the family office full time co-managing four-hundred rental units.

In 1983 on a weekend jaunt to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, Tracie met her future husband, Helmut. She married him a year later. Undaunted by a language she couldn’t speak, Tracie packed her bags and moved to Cologne, Germany, Helmut’s hometown. There she gave birth to her only child, a son named Marc.

Residing in Cologne, Germany since 1984, Tracie has worked as a rebel, writer, and public speaker.

Tracie is an active member of the American International Women’s Club of Cologne.

She supports various charitable organizations, including the Parents Initiative for Children with Heart Disease of Cologne, the Ronald McDonald House in Cologne, Doctors for Ethiopia and the VITA Assistant Dogs Organization.

Together with her sister Dana, who resides in Seattle, Washington, Tracie writes an upbeat blog at www.menopausebarbees.com about the meaning, madness, and magic of middle age. 

Her son, her charity work, writing and travel are her passions in life.

She loves pink but will wear any color.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Romuald Dzemo for Readers' Favorite

Incompatible with Nature: A Mother's Story by Tracie Frank Mayer is a poignantly written, engrossing, and hugely inspirational story, a memoir that brilliantly captures the essence of a mother’s love, redefining what it means to be a parent. Afro-American Tracie Frank Mayer doesn’t speak German. She goes to Germany, following the love of her life, and it is here that she gives birth to her first child, Marc. But when the pediatric cardiologist tells her to let her newly born baby die, she knows something is seriously wrong. Yes, the child is born with a rare heart defect. This narrative chronicles her fight to keep her son alive and protected, a journey of resilience, love, and survival.

Here is a story that will fill the eyes of readers with happy tears. It is emotionally and psychologically engaging. Tracie Frank Mayer recounts her story in a very compelling voice, sharing her experience of pain and anxiety, her solitude in a country where she can only speak comfortably to her husband. The story begins with the birth of a much awaited son, an event that quickly becomes one that inspires anxiety. The reader follows her journey as she strives to give her son a normal life. Incompatible with Nature: A Mother's Story is a tale with a powerful message — love heals. Love finds answers. Love permits us to win in the most complicated, difficult, and trying situations. Beautifully written, this narrative extols the grandeur of the human spirit and teaches readers that there is always hope, even in the grimmest of situations.