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CITY OF ANGELES is book two in the moving story of the life of MARLAYNA GLYNN BROWN. I especially liked this second installment of her story. The first book, OVERLAY, was about her life while growing up in Las Vegas being the child of alcoholic parents. Book one was an amazing and unforgettable story. The last paragraph of my review of Overlay:
“This is book one in a trilogy and it ends with her calling her mother who has moved to Los Angeles and asking if she could come and live with her for a while. She’s now a teenager and has experienced many things that most people haven’t at her age. She withdraws herself from school and boards a bus and ends her journal….for now.”
Upon arriving in California, Marlayna undergoes multiple other trials and tribulations that most people never experience in a lifetime. This move provides a whole new set of issues for her to learn about and deal with. She manages to hold her own throughout her time in LA but with more mature thoughts and feelings. It ushers in adulthood for Marlayna bringing with it the age of alcohol, failed relationships, learning about drugs, friends, rape, marriage, children…and divorce. These are just some of the scary things she had to overcome while living in LA during the 1980’s. She married a man named Chance and has four stair step children (meaning fairly close in age) by him. Then Chance approached her one day and just decided he wanted out. I think she may have seen this coming with his behavior.
This is an extremely good novel and series. If anyone is reading this and considering this memoir, I would highly recommend it. It should to be listened to in order because it’s Marlayna’s memoir and has a timeline. I applaud her for writing this. While she was raised by alcoholic parents, she does a great job at mothering her own children. This book is involved, engrossing, endearing, happy, sad, and it’s told with grace and style. She’s a strong, strong woman to have had so much adversity in her life and overcome it. Well, I’m not exactly sure one ‘overcomes’ it but rather, makes peace with it. Adversity is what makes us who we are. I look forward to listening to the last book to see how she’s arrived at where she is now in her life and how she came to write these books. I love the way she’s stayed friends with Linda Woo all these years and kept track of the people in her life.
ABBY ELVIDGE is the voice for Marlayna in this series. She does a terrific job narrating these bios. It’s like sitting down and talking with a friend you’ve known forever. I can’t say enough good things about her work. This is a perfect pairing of author/narrator.
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Wow, what a story! Here we are in book 2 of Memoirs of Marlayna Glynn Brown. In book one we learned about How Marlayna grew up and memories from as far back as she could remember from being a toddler thru her High School years. Now in book 2, we get to learn of what life was like beyond her High School Days. How Marlayna got married , had children, took trips, jobs she had and so on.
Wow Marlayna, you sure had a rough life! I felt so bad for you fighting for your marriage. I cried over the kitten. I would have called the cops on Billy - he is just plain creepy! It is amazing you even were able to hold it together! I remember the Rodney King riots and the OJ times too. There is an old saying that what doesn't kill us only makes us stronger! I picture this to be so true with you and your life. I am willing to bet, your children turned out to be better people from your life experiences. I know mine did! It is the wiseness (hindsight) we gain from bad situations that help's us make our kids even smarter.
The author, Marlayna Glynn Brown does a fantastic job telling us how life was for her and her children. Once again her facts are spot on. Listening to this memoir had me remembering so many things that happened in history... That earthquake was horrible! The narrator, Abby Elvidge did a fabulous job once again delivering this memoir to us. The speech is very clear and those accents were awesome! Great job ladies!
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