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The Burning Light of Two Stars

By: Laura Davis
Narrated by: Laura Davis,Becky Parker
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This riveting memoir by Laura Davis, author of The Courage to Heal, examines the endurance of mother-daughter love, how memory protects and betrays us, and the determination it takes to fulfill a promise when ghosts from the past come knocking.

When she published The Courage to Heal in 1988, Laura Davis helped more than a million women work through the trauma of childhood sexual abuse. But her decision to go public with her grandfather’s incest deepened an already painful estrangement with her mother, Temme.

Over the next 20 years, from a safe distance of 3,000 miles, Laura and Temme reconciled their volatile relationship and believed that their difficult past was behind them. But when Temme moves across the country to entrust her daughter with the rest of her life, she brings a faltering mind, a fierce need for independence, and the seeds of a second war between them. As the stresses of caregiving rekindle Laura’s rage over past betrayals, they threaten her intention to finally love her mother “without reservation.” Will she learn what it means to be truly open-hearted before it’s too late?

©2021 Laura Davis (P)2021 Laura Davis

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  • Amanda
  • 07-11-21

I binge-listened to this story in one weekend!

This heartfelt story was told in a way that kept me
coming back to it all weekend. While our mother-daughter story is much different than Laura and Temme’s, it brought me back into the story I shared with my mother- the good times, the bad and losing her to cancer. The story is read by the author and another reader for the other characters. I sometimes struggle with the way audio books are read, and will quit a book if I don’t like the way it’s read. This one is done well.

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  • Lp
  • 06-11-21

inspiring read!

Loved this book. Caring for a declining parent can be tricky enough, but negotiating Alzheimer's symptoms, the health care system and intense family dynamics added a very raw and real component to the story. It was lovely to see how Laura was able to weave something so meaningful from the unraveling threads that Alzheimer's brings. Their mother/daughter relationship took so many big hits over the years, yet they both kept reaching out in their own way, never quite giving up on each other. With intention and love as the key, we can all be inspired to look for opportunities to connect and perhaps build toward reconciliation.