A deeply moving memoir about two lives that were changed in the blink of an eye, and the love that helped them rewrite their futureFive months pregnant, on a flight to their babymoon, Allison Pataki turned to her husband when he asked if his eye looked strange, and watched him suddenly lose consciousness. After an emergency landing, she discovered that Davea healthy thirty-year-old athlete and surgical residenthad suffered a rare and life-threatening stroke. Next thing Allison knew, she was sitting alone in the ER in Fargo, North Dakota, waiting to hear if her husband would survive the night.When Dave woke up, he could not carry memories from hour to hour, much less from one day to the next. Allison lost the Dave she knew and loved when he lost consciousness on the plane. Within a few months, she found herself caring for both a newborn and a sick husband, struggling with the fear of what was to come.As a way to make sense of the pain and chaos of their new reality, Allison started to write daily letters to Dave. Not only would she work to make sense of the unfathomable experiences unfolding around her, but her letters would provide Dave with the memories he could not make on his own. She was writing to preserve their past, protect their present, and fight for their future. Those letters became the foundation for this beautiful, intimate memoir. And in the process, she fell in love with her husband all over again.This is a manifesto for living, an ultimately uplifting story about the transformative power of faith and resilience. Its a tale of a husbands turbulent road to recovery, the shifting nature of marriage, and the struggle of loving through pain and finding joy in the broken places....
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Beauty in the Broken Places: A Memoir of Love, Faith, and Resilience Reviews
This is a beautifully well written memoir by Allison Pataki. At 30 years old and 5 months pregnant, she and her husband were on their way to Hawaii for a few days of rest and relaxation. Her husband, Dave, was a surgical resident who worked long hours and they both needed a few days away to relax before the baby changed their lives completely. Little did they know when they boarded the airplane, that their lives would be drastically changed before they landed. Dave had a stroke during the flight ...more
Stunning memoir about Allison Pataki's husband suffering a major stroke as they were on a babymoon vacation. Delicately written, but the author holds nothing back as she recounts the struggle to regain what was once lost. For readers who loved "When Breath Becomes Air" by Paul Kalanithi.
I read an advance copy and was not compensated.
Five stars to author Allison Pataki for opening up a window into the life of her family after a devastating and unexpected stroke befell her young husband. I know from experience that things we think we might have to face when we're older come as a great surprise when they happen many decades earlier. I was moved by her faith and the strength of her family, but also her honesty about the times she felt like giving up. A sure winner, Pataki's book will resonate with anyone who has struggled - tha ...more
A memoir is not usually my go-to pick off the shelf, but then again I would read a grocery list if Allison Pataki had written it. While reading through Beauty in The Broken Places for the first time, it didn’t quite feel like an autobiography, and i often found myself reflecting off of the emotions on the page, never before has a book made my palms sweat and my eyes well with tears. How could it be possible for someone to make it through such traumatizing and life-altering events as David and Al ...more
What an inspiring book!!! I was riveted reading about Allison and her husband, Dave. Five months pregnant, her husband suffered an extremely rare stroke on the plane on the way to their babymoon. What follows is their heart wrenching, yet full of hope story. I literally just couldn't put it down. I loved how it alternated between past and present, telling their story from the day they met up till today. Allison's faith was encouraging and heartwarming, and I pray that Dave continues to recover a ...more
This was an emotional read. It is a memoir telling the heartbreaking story of recovery from a stroke. Dave Levy, a thirty year old orthopedic resident suffers a catostrophic brain injury. The author, Alison Patacki is pregnant and walks every step of the way with her husband through rehabilitation. Love and faith. Family and friends. Doctors and specialists. The letters Alison wrote through out the trying days of recovery show the strength and resilience of this love story. #beautyinthebrokenpla ...more
Incredible. Imagine a young couple, looking forward to the birth of their first child, flying west to enjoy a “baby moon”, when inexplicably the husband passes out on the airplane, thousands of feet in the air. The story of this journey opens with, “Is there a doctor on board?”
From there, the journey becomes one full of anxious unknowns and small joys. Allison Pataki pens this loving tribute to the man who holds her heart for all time. She does so openly and poignantly, sharing her shock, fears ...more
So many feelings for this amazing memoir! Allison wrote daily letters to her husband Dave after he suffered a rare and life-threatening stroke! Sharing her journey of trials and tribulations! And how she fell in love with her husband all over again! This book moved me in such a way that there are no worlds to describe! I shed some major tears! I would absolutely recommend this book, to anyone and everyone!
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