Spring’s most powerful stories

powerful stories

It’s springtime! When everything is fresh and blooming, when the sun comes out and stays out for a while. We’re sharing some of spring’s most powerful stories, from fiction to self-help and memoir, in the hopes of inspiring you this season.

Love You Hard: A Memoir of Marriage, Brain Injury, and Reinventing Love by Abby Maslin

When Abby Maslin’s husband nearly dies after a brutal attack, they are left no choice but to completely piece their lives back together. Now struggling with a traumatic brain, TC must learn how to connect with his wife again. Through immense challenge and sacrifice, Abby cares for her husband and teaches him how to do the basic things he once knew how to do all over again. This is a book that offers hope and inspiration for anyone who has grieved through tragedy.


Where the Forest Meets the Stars by Glendy Vanderah

Just as Joanna is piecing back together her life, her world is disrupted by the arrival of a mysterious little girl, barefoot and bruised, and claiming to have been sent from the stars in search of five miracles. With the help of her neighbor, Gabriel, the two will work together to discover who this little girl really is, why she arrived when she did and what the miracles have to do with the three of them.


The Parrot’s Perch: A Memoir by Karen Keilt

Karen Keilt will never forget her time spent in Brazil. From privileged to imprisoned, Keilt describes the terrible abuse she had to endure during her time in Sao Paulo. Revisiting the toughest time in her life, Karen bounces between the past and present and the recent testimony she had to give to the Brazilian National Truth Commission. Once you’ve read this incredible story, you’ll be motivated to take on the world this spring.


On Being Human: A Memoir of Waking Up, Living Real, and Listening Hard by Jennifer Pastiloff

Jen Pastiloff is a celebrated yoga instructor and author. Her first book, On Being Human tells the story of how she overcame deafness and body image issues, how she got happy and learned to say ‘yes’ despite fears of the unknown. Her mantra of “I got you” inspires and soothes those who are broken. Her book will reassure you that you are enough.


Don’t Stop Believin’ by Olivia Newton-John

A story of strength and grace, Olivia Newton-John’s memoir is one of pure inspiration. For over 50 years, she has shared her talents with the world as a Grammy award-winning singer and famed actress. A cancer survivor, advocate for several charities and the founder of Olivia Newton-John Cancer Wellness & Research Centre, she shares stories that will keep you believing in the power of positive thinking.


Mostly Sunny: How I Learned to Keep Smiling Through the Rainiest Days by Janice Dean

Despite abusive, sexist bosses, health issues and being a woman in a man’s world, meteorologist Janice Dean has always looked for the silver lining. In her honest book, she shares personal stories on the setbacks and challenges she has endured as a well-known TV personality on Fox & Friends. This funny and heartwarming book will help the sun to shine when you’re having a dark day.


Keep Showing Up: How to Stay Crazy in Love When Your Love Drives You Crazy by Karen Ehman

In Keep Showing Up, readers learn how to stay in love for the long run. Author Karen Ehman believes that while opposites do attract, sometimes they can attack. With tips and tricks on making a marriage better, you can discover the strength of your own marriage, because you’re really not crazy!


The Alchemy of Noise by Lorraine Devon Wilke

When Chris, a black sound engineer meets Sidonie, a white woman of prestige, their chemistry is immediate and they begin an exciting relationship. Through racial divide, family tension and police happenstance, the two will find themselves in an unexpected place. When Chris is arrested for a crime Sidonie knows he didn’t commit, they will face obstacles they never anticipated by falling in love. The Alchemy of Noise is suspenseful and dramatic, and at its heart, a love story.

Stephanie Elliot

Contributing Writer and Copyeditor

Stephanie Elliot writes for a variety of websites and magazines on topics such as parenting, mental health issues, relationships, and of course, books. She is an editor and book reviewer. Stephanie is also the author of the young adult novel, Sad Perfect, which was inspired by her own daughter’s journey with ARFID, Avoidant/Restrictive Food Intake Disorder. She lives in Scottsdale, Arizona, with her husband and their three children. For more info, visit www.stephanieelliot.com.

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