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All The Pretty Things, Book Review

All the Pretty Things
By Edie Wadsworth 

“I don’t know how old I was the night the trailer burned down – or if the rumor was true that Daddy was the one who set it on fire…”

By the ripe old age of ten, Edie Wadsworth knew how to handle a drunk with confidence and even compassion. Edie loved her daddy with all that was in her, even as her Appalachian childhood was being colored by neglect, hunger, and how many beers Daddy had downed by noon. When you walk through a fire like this, can beauty rise from the ashes? All the Pretty Things is the searing story of Edie’s soul-searching journey out of the rubble of her childhood, through devastating choices of her adulthood, and into a life of healing and forgiveness that she never dreamed possible. It’s a story about a determined young woman who became a doctor against all odds; how she found the strength to confront her past; and how she finally encountered the love of her true Father on the long road home. 

Edie Wadsworth is a speaker, writer, and blogger. She has been featured in various media including Better Homes and Gardens. After overcoming her difficult upbringing to become a medical doctor, Edie left her practice in 2007 to raise her family and pursue her love of writing. You can visit her online at 

*I received the book from the publisher, but of course the options are my own. 

My thoughts: Eddie Wadsworth is amazing. Starting out reading her story you feel the vulnerable little girl growing up in Appalachia, and while it isn’t all bad there is a whole lot that is. It reminds me of a coming of age novel like This Boy’s Life but quickly becomes so much more than that. The story of Edie is a spiritual awakening, and one of hope and redemption. This book is for anyone who’s dealing with loss, drug abuse, gambling or really any type of adversity either themselves or through someone around them. It shows how you can become untying. 


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