It may be pretty on the outside, but don’t judge this “Goodie Bag” by it’s packaging. Event planning powerhouse Jennifer Gilbert’s memoir is raw, emotional and even graphic. Ms. Gilbert holds nothing back as she shares the long road to inner peace she traveled after a brutal attack that she suffered at the hands of a stranger when she was just twenty-two years old. This book is a very honest account of how she learned to reconcile with her past to enjoy her present. She doesn’t seek pity, she seeks to share her experience in a voice that marries the strength of a survivor, the knowledge of a mentor, and the candor of a best friend.
It isn’t all heavy. There are many stories from her years of planning fabulous parties and weddings, as well as her own path to true love, which is so storybook sweet you will find yourself weeping tears of happiness. In addition Ms. Gilbert takes her audience with her on a guided tour of how she developed her multimillion dollar business and grew her family via IVF. It’s a poignant story of a woman who has seen, suffered, revived, thrived, and celebrated. You will be shocked, you will cry, you will laugh, and you won’t be able to put this read down.