“In our view, An Honest House should be required reading for everyone.”
Isabel Bassett, former government minister and CEO of TV Ontario and Ernie Eves, former premier of Ontario, wrote those words about my second book, An Honest House.
I’m sharing their moving words here. For one thing, it allows me to salute Isabel and Ernie for supporting emerging talent, as well as ambitious and accomplished individuals from many fields.
It’s often the little things people do that make a difference, isn’t it?
Telling others about someone’s new endeavour.
Bringing diverse groups of people together to meet and perhaps collaborate on a project.
Or buying an author’s book and reviewing it.
Bravo, Isabel and Ernie!
Here’s their review:
“As I read through An Honest House, I kept thinking that what happened to Cynthia Reyes could happen to any of us.
I wondered how all of us would cope if we were stripped not only of our health but of our identities as successful, involved leaders and found our new selves to be pain ridden, physically altered, and anxiety prone among other things.
Would we have the indomitable spirit that kept Cynthia fighting to regain her former self and role in life despite her enormous frustrations adjusting to her injuries following her accident?
How did she keep going?
How did she find her new role?
Three of the many take-aways in this inspiring book stand out for me and my partner, Ernie Eves, who experienced loss of a different kind when his only son was killed.
The first, of course, is Cynthia’s determination, however wavering at times, to come back both physically and professionally.
Then, over time, as she realizes she cannot turn back the clock, there is her gradual recognition and appreciation of the overriding value of what she has already: her supportive, caring husband, Hamlin, her two daughters and their families, her friends, faith and community and, not to forget, her enchanting nineteenth century Ontario farmhouse.
The third inspiring finding for us is that Cynthia has managed to continue to play a significant role in Canadian life by writing books that show how someone can create new meaning and purpose in their lives, however futile it might seem at first.
Given the challenges all of us face at some point in our lives, especially as we suffer the debilitating side effects of aging, we can learn from Cynthia Reyes’ courage, determination and spirit.
In our view, An Honest House should be required reading for everyone.”
— Isabel Bassett and Ernie Eves.
Thank you, Isabel and Ernie. I share the credit with three extremely caring editors, a dogged publisher, great beta readers, my loving family and friends.
I’m grateful for all of you who extend yourselves to help others — especially in tough times.
19 thoughts on “No-One Is An Island”
I don’t even have to read this! I’ll read it later! Great title! Cynthia, please write a book with this title = YOU KNOW TOO!
A very thoughtful appreciation of An Honest House. Well done Lady Cynthia!
This is a lovely review from Isabel and Ernie, Cynthia. No one is an island, but you are an inspiration for all of us. I often think about what you have been through, yet are still so gracious and make time for others in need. Thank you, Cynthia!
Such a beautiful, heart felt review. I love your writing, Cynthia.
A lovely review by Isabel and Ernie. You and your book inspire me. Thank you Cynthia.
I agree with their assessment of your book, Cynthia! 😊
A lovely tribute, Cynthia
Congratulations Cynthia. May you have many more wonderful reviews.
“Perhaps collaborate on a project” ~ now that sounds intriguing. And how lovely to read this new heart-felt review.
Congratulations, Cynthia. That is a lovely heartfelt review!
A wonderful review. Well done!
Cynthia–I love to see the support and love coming your way. You are so very talented–and have so many good things to share–and I love to see it recognized.
Congratulations on your book and the wonderful review, Cynthia!
A great review, and I agree entirely with the sentiments in it!
Oh Cynthia what a superb review … hugs
A beautiful review, Cynthia!
Thanks, Tiny. Brought tears to my eyes. Thank God for the love of family and friends.
What an amazing review for such an inspiring book. I couldn’t agree more with the “required reading”. Lovely ladies in the photos too!
I love this review! Isabel and Ernie have not just read your book, they have stepped beyond it’s pages and tried to imagine how any of us would cope with the changes you have had to endure. They have seen your determination and your creativity despite your pain and many set-backs and are cheering you on!