I was asked to review ‘From Dust To Dust and a lifetime in between’ by Katherine Anne Lee. This is the biography that Mollie Cooke always wanted to write, but never got the chance, written posthumously by her beloved granddaughter Katherine. Based on conversations she had with her Grandmother before and during her descent into Alzheimer’s.
The book tells about Mollie’s eventful life, lived mostly in a small UK village. Starting with her childhood, growing up roaming the countryside with her two brothers, we follow Mollie’s journey as she gets married, becomes a Mother and then eventually a Grandmother. Her life is filled with both great joy, and deep sadness due to several personal tragedies, including the loss of her only child.
What I found most wonderful about this book was the connection I quickly felt with Mollie despite our different generations. She comes across as a generous, fun lady who is full of love for life. The book is very moving, the way that Katherine writes Mollies dementia, and eventual end is very real and very touching. I finished the book really feeling that I had lost a friend.
I would absolutely recommend this book, it’s a fantastic look at the cycle of life, and a real reminder to live life to the full. You can buy it from Amazon here.
*Disclosure: I was sent this book to review.