REVIEWS


Your book is so great! I enjoyed every paragraph. So touching and so interesting. It brought me to tears. I felt as if I was in your shoes. And it fills in some gaps of history. I have a better idea of what your generation experienced  and specifically what post communism meant to people who wanted to have a better future. And that Vacation place and all -  the whole aura you deliver it to the reader with words so well.  It’s like a fairytale!
— Mariam Chkadua, 26,  June 30, 2017

Wonderful reading! Remarkable! Very inspirational!
— Brian Spruil, 2014

Maka! Nice work. You have a gift for writing and an inner strength of character.

After reading your story, I felt very lucky to be born, raised and educated in America. You have faced so many obstacles in your young age. Many people would have given up, but you embraced the challenge. You wanted the education. 

This is very good memoir. You are an excellent writer! And English is your second language! Congratulations!
— Pat Sweeney.   April 1, 2013

Dear Maka,

A much belated congratulations on your book! When I first met you this was merely a dream, but you have made it a reality! I’m sure Joel is smiling, and you must be making people proud from your country of Georgia as well. 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                   - Eileen Rockefeller;er, October, 2017


A powerful and inspiring story - I couldn't put this book down

"This is one of the best books that I have read in a long time. I read it in a weekend and couldn't put it down. Each chapter left me hanging to know what would happen next. It is a powerful, moving story of a woman who at an early age was exposed to Communism and experienced loss and tragedy, but she persevered. The story shows the passion and true love that was the foundation of Maka's family. Her three children, her parents and her brother supported each other, making great sacrifices so that Maka and her brother could live life their way. It was a story of bravery, courage, and determination against all odds. Despite the unbelievable challenges that Maka and her family faced, (especially in the early 2000's), I found it inspiring and moving to understand how in the end she could love two countries, which were so drastically different. What a great story to read to truly understand, treasure and appreciate the life and journey of an Emigrant. I highly recommend reading this book."

                                                                                                                                                                                                          ---      Amazon Customer, October , 2017

Perfectly accurate story about when immigrants in America

Absolutely amazing story about our dreams in America, I could perfectly relate myself and my own story with a story described in this book. Two thumbs up !

- Gizo Ujarmeli -Amazon reviw


This is Maka’s story of love ,courage and triumph; her journey in search of a better life for herself and her three children. Having been brought up in life of oppression under communist rule, she acts with determination seeking medical and financial help for her son, Levan. Working as a nanny and having to leave her children behind in her country of Georgia, she travels back-and-forth many times conflicted between their financial needs and missing the comfort of her parents and children.
Her literary style is engaging and flows in a way that I felt I was on this journey with her. As a reader I began to realize the struggles of an immigrant torn between the language, culture and sights and sounds of her country of origin and then being suddenly dropped into a totally new experience and environment .
America has always been a welcoming country, I now understand how difficult this can be for an immigrant living in two different worlds. It is an easy read and I read it two sittings. This book is relevant for our times and I highly recommend it

- Patricia F.Halinan - Amazon Review