Through Someone Else's Eyes: Finding yourself while trying to please everyone else

Melinda Avenue
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 Can a smalltown girl raised in a house riddled with negativity and alcoholism find true happiness?
More importantly, does she deserve it?

How many times have you heard, You can't do this!  You're not smart enough, not pretty enough...You don't deserve anyone's love, it's not real...and you will end up alone...NO one will ever love you that much?!? 
What if ...the person saying it is you?

Emotional abuse, rejection and neglect hurt so much more than anything else.  Because your worst enemy becomes yourself.  Listening to that little voice holds you back from moving forward, achieving your goals and essentially living your life.

'Emelia' is created from love and showered with affection throughout childhood.  Then her world falls apart as her parents divorce.  A family once strong turns against itself.  Emelia finds herself alone as she enters adult life with an absent mother, an alcoholic father and siblings that turn their backs on her.  Looking elsewhere for love and acceptance, Emelia's path finds many puddles.  Can she put the pieces back together and move on?

Many of us had less than idyllic childhoods.  Mom and Dad are not always there to answer our questions nor do we have that older sibling to go to for advice.  Sometimes all we have is ourselves.  And even though I sometimes feel totally alone...I'm not, I still have me.

This story is one that will inspire anyone who is a child, has a child, or anyone that has ever loved and had that love taken away.  I am a 41 year old mother of 3 who is finally ready to break free of the fear of life and start living.  This book is about me, my life and things that I have learned.  My goal is to show that someone with hope and faith in themselves can get through anything.

Most people, young and old can relate to the issues facing 'Emelia' and how we don't always make the right decisions.  But we should never be ashamed of things we've done, because good or bad, those experiences make us who we are.  There are many self-help & feel-better books that are written by doctors, psychologists or celebrities.  However, sometimes the voices heard need to be from real people. 

Like me.  Like you.

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About the author

Melinda J. Moir is as passionate about life and love as she is her family. She has been writing for the last 23 years, eagerly encouraged by her loved ones. Even though a few of her short stories, including a genealogy book, ‘The Moir Family Tree,’ have been published this is her first actual book.

Melinda enjoys spending time with her better half Peter and her first loves, Cecely, Justice and Braeden playing Scrabble or watching a favourite movie.

Puttering away in the garden or reading a book

is what you will usually find her doing in their cozy little home in rural Ontario.

If you would like to read more from Melinda, you can read her blog at

You can also follow her on Facebook


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Melinda Avenue
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Nov 24, 2011
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Biography & Autobiography / Personal Memoirs
Body, Mind & Spirit / Parapsychology / Near-Death Experience
Family & Relationships / Death, Grief, Bereavement
Family & Relationships / Marriage & Long-Term Relationships
Humor / Topic / Marriage & Family
Psychology / Human Sexuality
Self-Help / Adult Children of Substance Abusers
Self-Help / Personal Growth / General
Young Adult Nonfiction / Biography & Autobiography / Women
Young Adult Nonfiction / Health & Daily Living / Diet & Nutrition
Young Adult Nonfiction / Health & Daily Living / Sexuality & Pregnancy
Young Adult Nonfiction / Inspirational & Personal Growth
Young Adult Nonfiction / Social Science / Psychology
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