Book Review: P.S. I Forgive You (A Broken Legacy) by D.G. Kaye

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P.S. I Forgive You: A Broken LegacyP.S. I Forgive You: A Broken Legacy by D.G. Kaye
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

My month of memoirs continues with an autobiography by D. G. Kaye — ‘P.S. I Forgive You: A Broken Legacy.’ Although not quite a series, this is the second book by the author as she explores the impact of a narcissistic mother on her daily life. I read this before bed last night, and all I can say is that some people are dealt a very unfair hand in life. That said, it’s amazing to see how wonderful Kaye is handling all that she went through in the last ~50 years. What a great (but painful) read!

Imagine growing up with a mother who seems to intentionally cause pain for her children. The oldest of four, Kaye spent years letting the woman treat her horribly. In this introspective and emotional autobiography, we learn how and why she tolerated it. The memoir kicks off by letting readers know that the author’s mother has passed away, and this is the story of how she handled the decision whether to be there when the woman crossed over. Sick for many years, touch and go at times, it seems like every possible painful opportunity was taken to cause trouble for this family. It was heartbreaking not just because of what they went through but because you really want this to turn out to be a positive story.

In some ways, it does turn out that way… in death, you are often released from the troubles of the past. Not quickly. Not immediately. Not entirely. Kaye suffers to this day because of the trauma she went through. Emotional pain can be far worse and impacting that physical pain. Seeing how the author connects with her siblings and her aunt helps provide a sense of love and hope for her future. Kaye has a phenomenal way of sharing her past with readers… we feel as if we are there, but one thing is for sure — we were not. That… is fantastic writing.

There is a cathartic honesty in her writing style as well as how she processes the events of her life. On the outskirts, it might seem simple: (A) She’s your mother, you should stay and respect her, or (B) She’s been evil and nasty, you need to run away and forget her. Nope… Kaye fully provides the wide spectrum of all the scenarios that ran through her head, some positive and some not-so-positive. How do you make such a decision? Only a strong person can thoroughly see through the minutia to determine what’s best for both the victim and the victimizer (I might’ve made that work up).

If I could reach through a book to hug someone, this would be the prime one for it to happen. I’ve felt these emotions tons of times before when an author creates a character who suffers… but when a real-life woman shares the truth and the pain she’s gone through, it’s a whole different ball game. If you have a high threshold for reading about someone’s emotional suffering, I suggest you take this book on… it might give you the perspective you need to help others.

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24 thoughts on “Book Review: P.S. I Forgive You (A Broken Legacy) by D.G. Kaye

    Stevie Turner said:
    July 9, 2019 at 7:03 AM

    A book written from the heart, for sure. I enjoy reading all D.G Kaye’s books.

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    balroop2013 said:
    July 9, 2019 at 12:52 PM

    Forgiveness is a great virtue and this book dwells on it, pouring all the pain into the words. I agree with you Jay, Deb has handled the emotions so well while writing them down. Thanks for an excellent review.

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    dgkaye said:
    July 9, 2019 at 1:35 PM

    Truly humbled Stevie 🙂 x

    Liked by 1 person

    dgkaye said:
    July 9, 2019 at 1:38 PM

    James, thank you so much for taking the time to read my book, and most of all for your most succinct review. You got me loud and clear. 🙂 x (Reblogging soon!) 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    robertawrites235681907 said:
    July 9, 2019 at 1:46 PM

    A great review of Debby’s book, Jay. You read such a wonderful variety of books.

    Liked by 1 person

      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      July 9, 2019 at 5:01 PM

      Thank you! I’m trying to explore this year… I have 15 on my TBR to finish by August, then I actually can pick books again based on series I’m missing and author friends again!!

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    Jacquie Biggar said:
    July 9, 2019 at 1:48 PM

    Beautiful, heartfelt review! Congrats to Debby for having the strength to write what must have been a tough story. ❤

    Liked by 1 person

      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      July 9, 2019 at 5:02 PM

      I agree… 🙂

      You are on my list for August once I finish clearing thru a committed TBR of about 15 right now.

      Any specific one you want me to read, or should I choose on my own!?!? 🙂

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        Jacquie Biggar said:
        July 9, 2019 at 7:48 PM

        I’ve only done the one mystery, James, which you graciously read already 🙂
        I have a free steamy suspense on right now, Tempted by Mr. Wrong, if that interests you? And thanks!

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        James J. Cudney IV responded:
        July 9, 2019 at 8:38 PM

        I definitely read the other kinds too, just normal read is mystery. I’ll get this one!

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        Jacquie Biggar said:
        July 9, 2019 at 11:56 PM

        Thanks, James. I’m almost finished Father Figure- so good!

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        James J. Cudney IV responded:
        July 10, 2019 at 8:03 AM

        Oh, that’s a heavy one! 🙂

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    jjspina said:
    July 10, 2019 at 8:36 AM

    Beautful review! Well deserved too! Debby writes from her heart and pours out her soul in her memoirs. It is amazing that Debby has survived to become such a special person who has somehow grown stronger from her trials growing up. Blessings to you and Debby. 🤗

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    lghiggins said:
    July 11, 2019 at 2:21 AM

    Great review. This sounds like a very powerful and emotional memoir.

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    Natalie Ducey said:
    July 15, 2019 at 10:59 AM

    Fabulous review to share, Jay. Bravo to Debby! 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      July 15, 2019 at 5:51 PM

      Thx! It was a great find…. so glad I read it, but hard to think of what Debby went thru.

      Liked by 1 person

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