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Abandoned In Search Of Rainbows by A.K. Driggs is a fascinating read about a woman who was abandoned at birth. It is a window into her life as told through her eyes as she grew up with her adoptive family.
Reading this book is like sitting down for a series of personal chats with the author. Each chapter is like a story told by the fireside with a glass of wine and a friend. I found that I really enjoyed this style of writing as Ms. Driggs detailed her experiences with her family, her peers, her schooling, her love of music and her own sexuality as she was growing up. The unconditional love and support of her adoptive family, the privileges she enjoyed as her father’s career advanced, and her experiences as she began to explore herself as an adult in her personal life and musical career were all told in such a fashion that I often felt like I was inside her head, looking out through her eyes and experiencing it all with her, or at the very least reading a very personal diary. The personal photos strewn throughout the narrative added to this feeling as it gave a visual image of the author at different ages during her life and participating in events described.
I definitely came away from reading this book with a new perspective on how one might explore themselves from within to find their place in this world. I also found myself a little more open to the struggle that many people find as they try to be themselves and find acceptance from those around them, which was a concept that perhaps I hadn’t thought of much.
Synopsis: Discovered inside a brown paper bag left on a toilet seat in a Rochester, New York, bar-and-grill washroom, newborn A.K. Driggs made headlines from the start. Adopted by a loving couple, she continued making waves on her extraordinary life journey–animal communicator, musical prodigy, bisexual lover, phone-sex superstar, recording artist…. Welcome to the colorful world of A.K. Driggs. From abandonment and betrayal to unconditional love and trust, Abandoned in Search of Rainbows chronicles Driggs’s incredible life. Her provocative, often sizzling, candor lets us experience the whole spectrum of emotions as Driggs searches for a meaningful life. By finally finding her place in the world–personally and professionally, romantically and sexually, musically and spiritually–Driggs illuminates a magical path for each of us to follow to get there too. As she says in her song, “I Found the Rainbow”: In perfect harmony/my answers are clear. With my eyes finally open/And now I can see. For I found the rainbow/And the rainbow is…. ME.
About the author: As a child, A. K. Driggs discovered her gift of healing all living creatures by her singing. Her CD, Journey Through The Years, offers Driggs’s original recordings from the 1970’s, 80’s, 90’s and most recent song, I Found The Rainbow. Still using her songs for positive effect in the world, she now lives with her partner in Hawaii and continues as CEO of Avatar Marketing, which she founded thirty years ago. Her memoir, Abandoned in Search of Rainbows is available in print and eBook, and her music is available as a digital download.
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Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this title to facilitate review. No other compensation was received. All opinions are 100% my own.