In a life that, in many ways, mirrored that of a star named Marilyn Monroe, the author of RagDoll Redeemed: Growing up in the Shadow of Marilyn Monroe has been able to move beyond the pain, uncertainty, and abuse of her past to a life of redemption.

Her story shows the reader the nightmare of a childhood tainted by her illegitimacy and her quest to find love and acceptance. Poverty and abuse by the men who married her mother would turn her life into a nightmare. Longing to escape, she grasped the first man who seemed to be her Prince. The fact that he was Joe DiMaggio’s son and had his own obsession with Marilyn was not readily apparent.

As we read about the struggles of a young woman who, despite her efforts to escape pain and disappointment, had found another world of hurt in this marriage, we also see that her persistence will ultimately be her saving grace.

Through her failed marriages, her alcoholism, and her desperate attempts to find independence and redemption, at some point there is a small glimmer of hope that shines through when she encounters some special people along the way. Those who reinforce her determination and show her another way. Another perspective.

Now the author has found her redemption, and the journey toward it is a captivating read. Four stars.


I purchased this book in May 2012, so my review will satisfy one of the tasks for the Mt. TBR Challenge 2013.


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