Beauty in the Broken Places by Allison Pataki

Beauty in the Broken Places

A deeply moving memoir about two lives that were changed in the blink of an eye, and the love that helped them rewrite their futureFive months pregnant, on a flight to their “babymoon,” Allison Pataki turned to her husband when he asked if his eye looked strange, and watched him suddenly lose consciousness. After an emergency landing, she discovered that Dave—a healthy thirty-year-old athlete and surgical resident—had suffered a rare and ...


Details Beauty in the Broken Places

TitleBeauty in the Broken Places
ISBN9780399591679
Author
Release DateFeb 1st, 2019
PublisherRandom House Trade
GenreAutobiography, Memoir, Nonfiction, Biography, Biography Memoir
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Reviews Beauty in the Broken Places

  • Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader & Traveling Sister
    1970-01-01
    5 poignant and brave stars to Beauty in the Broken Places! ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ I have been a fan of Allison Pataki’s books because she writes in my favorite genre, historical fiction. In Beauty in the Broken Places, she bares her extraordinary heart in a personal memoir. When she was five months pregnant, her young husband had a stroke while on a flight to their babymoon. Their lives were forever changed, but Allison easily found the silver lin...
  • Liz
    1970-01-01
    “When Dave woke up from a near fatal stroke, age thirty, beautiful, seemingly strong and outwardly intact, he couldn’t carry memories from hour to hour, much less from one day to the next.”I had enjoyed Pataki’s novel Where the Light Falls, so I was curious about her memoir concerning her husband’s stroke when she was five months pregnant. She spends a large portion of the beginning of the book bringing us up to date on how they arrived...
  • Allison
    1970-01-01
    I look forward to sharing this book with you all. Thank you so much for reading.
  • Mandie
    1970-01-01
    So many feelings for this amazing memoir! Allison wrote daily letters to her husband Dave after he suffered a rare and life-threatening stroke! Sharing her journey of trials and tribulations! And how she fell in love with her husband all over again! This book moved me in such a way that there are no worlds to describe! I shed some major tears! I would absolutely recommend this book, to anyone and everyone!I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanc...
  • Camille Maio
    1970-01-01
    Five stars to author Allison Pataki for opening up a window into the life of her family after a devastating and unexpected stroke befell her young husband. I know from experience that things we think we might have to face when we're older come as a great surprise when they happen many decades earlier. I was moved by her faith and the strength of her family, but also her honesty about the times she felt like giving up. A sure winner, Pataki's book...
  • Lillian
    1970-01-01
    This was an emotional read. It is a memoir telling the heartbreaking story of recovery from a stroke. Dave Levy, a thirty year old orthopedic resident suffers a catostrophic brain injury. The author, Alison Patacki is pregnant and walks every step of the way with her husband through rehabilitation. Love and faith. Family and friends. Doctors and specialists. The letters Alison wrote through out the trying days of recovery show the strength and re...
  • Cheryl
    1970-01-01
    Allison Pataki and Dave Levy met while they were students at Yale University. They began dating and slowly realized that they each had met a soulmate. They married and began their lives together. Allison worked as a television news writer but hoped to eventually become a writer of historical fiction. Dave began medical school. In 2015, Allison and Dave found out that they were to become parents and decided to celebrate by going on a “babymoon...
  • Linda Zagon
    1970-01-01
    MY REVIEW OF “BEAUTY IN THE BROKEN PLACES: A MEMOIR OF LOVE, FAITH AND RESILIENCE”Allison Pataki, Author of “Beauty in the Broken Places : A Memoir of Love, Faith and Resilience” has written an amazing, emotional, heart-wrenching ,captivating and thoughtful memoir. Can you imagine a thiry year old pregnant woman, and her thirty year old husband, (who is a third year medical resident), facing an unknow tragedy?The author and her husband we...
  • Lillian
    1970-01-01
    Allison "Alli" Pataki never imagined that her babymoon trip would result in a hospital trip. Her thirty-year-old husband, Dr David Levy suffered a stroke while en route trip to Hawaii. Beauty in the Broken Places is a product of the letters that she wrote to her husband during his treatment. Allison shifts back and forth in time referencing their relationship journey while holding the hope that the "old Dave" come back to her.Most people start th...
  • Meg - A Bookish Affair
    1970-01-01
    Many people take a marriage vow that says you will take care of each other in sickness and in health. Many people don't think that you are going to have make good on that promise early on in your marriage. As Allison and Dave find out in "Beauty in the Broken Places," this isn't always the case and sometimes life throws you curve balls that can seem insurmountable. Allison and Dave were on their babymoon when Dave was struck by a stroke that leav...
  • Rebecca
    1970-01-01
    Memoir of how author (Allison) and her husband (Dave) survived his stroke at age 30.Utilizing the letters and notes written during her husband Dave's recovery, the author of this beautiful memoir provided an intimate look at how she and Dave overcame his incapacitating stroke at age 30. Despite being a healthy, athletic doctor, Dave suffered a massive stroke while he and Allison were in a plane flying to their babymoon. Five months pregnant, what...
  • Kait
    1970-01-01
    I was given an advanced copy of this book through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.It's scary to think that every single person on this planet could suffer a traumatic brain injury that will irreparably alter their plans for the future. Most of us get lucky and never have to face this conundrum, but Allison and her husband Dave are not so fortunate. Dave suffers a terrible stroke deep in his brain and must re-learn how to be a person ag...
  • Marya Myers
    1970-01-01
    A beautiful look at the power of a relationship during a trying time. It reminds us all to believe in the strength of the human spirit. Thank you for sharing your story!
  • Donna Hines
    1970-01-01
    Beauty in the Broken Places is a powerful memoir about the power of love, the strength through adversity, and ultimately the will to survive.This powerful, moving, intricate and very delicate topic of the power of sickness and the movement to heal through love is brought to you by Allison Pataki after her young husband Dave finds himself unconscious after having a massive stroke.On their flight which was coined 'BabyMoon' having been 5 months pre...
  • Kristen Cook - A Book Ninja
    1970-01-01
    What a beautiful story with so many wonderful bits of wisdom. While I was reading this book, I felt like I was sitting down with a friend talking. Pataki does a splendid job of laying out the story of Dave and her courtship and early years in marriage mixed with the heartbreaking yet beautiful story of Dave's recovery. Pataki does an amazing job balancing out the story of Dave's recovery. It would have been so easy for her as the wife and author ...
  • Denise
    1970-01-01
    What an inspiring book!!! I was riveted reading about Allison and her husband, Dave. Five months pregnant, her husband suffered an extremely rare stroke on the plane on the way to their babymoon. What follows is their heart wrenching, yet full of hope story. I literally just couldn't put it down. I loved how it alternated between past and present, telling their story from the day they met up till today. Allison's faith was encouraging and heartwa...
  • Carla Suto
    1970-01-01
    BEAUTY IN THE BROKEN PLACES by Allison Pataki is a beautifully-written and deeply moving memoir of how the author and her family coped with the aftermath of her 30-year-old husband Dave suffering a sudden and life-threatening stroke while they were on a plane heading to a much-needed vacation in Hawaii. Five months pregnant with their first child, she is suddenly faced with making life-changing decisions and with the uncertainty of the future for...
  • Kayla shaft
    1970-01-01
    A memoir is not usually my go-to pick off the shelf, but then again I would read a grocery list if Allison Pataki had written it. While reading through Beauty in The Broken Places for the first time, it didn’t quite feel like an autobiography, and i often found myself reflecting off of the emotions on the page, never before has a book made my palms sweat and my eyes well with tears. How could it be possible for someone to make it through such t...
  • Rochelle Weinstein
    1970-01-01
    I read this book in one three-hour sitting. I'm speechless. Allison Pataki is a brilliant and gifted writer. This story, though heartbreaking, was beautiful, inspiring, and left me with so much to think about. Thank you for sharing your journey with all of us.
  • Kassandra
    1970-01-01
    Thank You Random House and Netgalley for providing an advanced e-book copy for me to review. All opinions are my own. Allison wrote daily letters to her husband after he suffered a massive stroke. While incredibly thankful that he was alive, she was grieving for the man she once knew. With her faith and daily letters, she learned to fall in love with her husband all over again. Wow, this is an incredible memoir! I cried on more than one occasion ...
  • Tina
    1970-01-01
    Beauty in the Broken Places is the beautifully written memoir (and love letter) by Allison Pataki detailing the unexpected stroke her husband, Dave Levy, experienced while on a flight from Chicago to Seattle. The love that Allison and Dave have for each other is evident in the words written on these pages. That love carried them through not only years of medical school and surgical residency but the devastating medical event that occurred on thei...
  • Marika
    1970-01-01
    Stunning memoir about Allison Pataki's husband suffering a major stroke as they were on a babymoon vacation. Delicately written, but the author holds nothing back as she recounts the struggle to regain what was once lost. For readers who loved "When Breath Becomes Air" by Paul Kalanithi.I read an advance copy and was not compensated.
  • Kayo
    1970-01-01
    Fabulous book on a family dealing with a stroke. Heartbreaking to read, but very powerful. Thanks to author, publisher and NetGalley for the chance to read this book. While I got the book for free it had no bearing on the rating I gave it.
  • Sue
    1970-01-01
    This is a beautifully well written memoir by Allison Pataki. At 30 years old and 5 months pregnant, she and her husband were on their way to Hawaii for a few days of rest and relaxation. Her husband, Dave, was a surgical resident who worked long hours and they both needed a few days away to relax before the baby changed their lives completely. Little did they know when they boarded the airplane, that their lives would be drastically changed befor...
  • Jaime
    1970-01-01
    My eyes aren’t leaking. I promise. That’s just some drool coming out of my tear ducts.Seriously, though. This memoir is so beautifully written, and I’m so glad that the author chose to share her family’s journey.
  • Debbie
    1970-01-01
    A book full of Faith Hope and Love, ....and the greatest of these is love! Allison and Dave have a strong love for each other; along with the love of family and friends to guide them through a shocking tragedy. This is a heartfelt book that will leave a tear in your eye, but the good kind, filled with joy and hope for this young family. Put it on your must read list!!
  • Jen
    1970-01-01
    May we always remember...I cannot put into words how beautiful this memoir is. It is heartbreakingly wonderful. The love between Allison and Dave is so pure, so easy to see. I could never imagine how I would be in this situation, but I would hope I would be as strong as Allison. Her words are true. They are moving and descriptive and they invite you in. She gives you a window into Dave's stroke, their long lasting relationship, and how it all int...
  • Diane
    1970-01-01
    Allison Pataki's moving memoir Beauty in the Broken Places opens with a foreward by Lee Woodruff, a writer whose journalist husband Bob Woodruff suffered a traumatic brain injury covering the Iraq War. Woodruff has experienced what Pataki is about to recount in her book- her life changing in an instant.Dave and Allison are heading out for a lovely Hawaiian vacation four months before Allison is set to give birth to their baby. Dave has a grueling...
  • Doreen Prentiss Gabriellini
    1970-01-01
    Beauty in the Broken Places A Memoir of Love, Faith, and Resilience by Allison Patakiis a beautifully written piece of literature. While this is the first novel by Ms. Pataki that I have read, I can assure you it won’t be my last. Ms. Pataki has a wonderful command of the English Language and her words are thoughtful, remarkable and heartfelt. Having lived in New York State, I was familiar with the Governor and his family. I had heard that his ...
  • BOOKLOVER10
    1970-01-01
    Allison Pataki attended Yale as an undergraduate, where she met and fell in love with David Levy. Dave eventually became an overworked medical student and Ali contemplated giving up journalism to try her hand at writing fiction. Just when everything seemed to be perfect—Dave was a third-year resident in orthopedic surgery, the couple had gotten married, and Alli was five months pregnant with their first child—disaster struck. On June 9, 2015,...