Book Reviews

The Winding Road by Miriam Hurdle

This is a Leonberger blog but sometimes I post about books that I want to promote. This post is a review and a promotion of a very good and important book called “The Winding Road: A Journey of Survival” Paperback – July 30, 2022 by Miriam Hurdle.

Front cover of the book "The Winding Road" by Miriam Hurdle.
Click on the image above to go to the paperback version of her book on Amazon

The paperback version of the Winding Road, which is what I bought, is 148 pages, ISBN 979-8842330812, item weight 9.9 ounces, dimensions 6 x 0.34 x 9 inches. You can buy The Winding Road from Amazon, as a paperback, hardback or e-Book. The paperback version is currently $6.99 on Amazon, and the hardback is $25.28. The Kindle version is $1.99 or free if you are part of Kindle Unlimited.

About the Author

Miriam Hurdle is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI). She published four children’s books at twenty-six years old. Her poetry collection received the Solo “Medalist Winner” for the New Apple Summer eBook Award and achieved bestseller status on Amazon. She has a Doctorate of Education from the University of La Verne in California.

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These are her published books on Amazon

Review of The Winding Road

This book is the gripping story of Miriam Hurdle’s fight to survive an aggressive cancer. She is an accomplished author, and therefore she was able to tell her traumatic story with intelligence, clarity and honesty. The organization of the book, the storytelling, book design, editing, it is all very professional at the same as the story is personal and deeply touching.

During a hysterectomy in the summer of 2008 a mass was discovered, and it turned out to be melanoma. Melanoma is an aggressive skin cancer that usually does not appear in internal organs, at least not initially. This made the situation both unusual and quite dangerous. In 2007, melanoma in the female organ had less than 300 cases reported worldwide.

Survival was not the only thing that Miriam had to fight for. There were also insurance issues, her work situation, finances, etc., that weighed heavily on her mind and the minds of her family. Add to that the brutal but necessary treatment. She fought courageously with a lot of resolve, and her family and her community gave her a lot of support. The book makes it clear how important this is in this kind of situation. The people around you can make a big difference making sure you don’t lose hope.

I can add that my mother was diagnosed with multiple myeloma, another aggressive cancer, and it was not discovered early. She died at the age of 56. Miriam’s story resonated with me because I recognized a lot of things from her story even though her and my mother’s cancer were not the same. For example, I’ve seen the brutal effects of chemotherapy. What Miriam went though is extremely difficult. I am originally from Sweden, which has national healthcare, so unlike Miriam we were spared from having to deal with insurance issues.

This book is about the power of resilience, courage, hope, community and faith in the face of a cruel disease, which unfortunately many of us will face during our lifetimes. Miriam is a great writer whose genuine and lucid writing could serve as a guide for all of us as we prepare to face unknown traumatic situations. I highly recommend this book to everyone. We should all learn something about the journey before we face it.

By thomasstigwikman

My name is Thomas Wikman. I am a software/robotics engineer with a background in physics, but I am currently retired. I took early retirement. I am a dog lover, and especially a Leonberger lover, a home brewer, craft beer enthusiast, an amateur astronomer, I’m learning French, and I am an avid reader. I live in Dallas, Texas, but I am originally from Sweden. I am married to Claudia, and we have three children Jacob, David and Rachel. My blog feature the crazy adventures of our Leonberger e Bronco von der Löwenhöhle as well as information on Leonbergers

90 replies on “The Winding Road by Miriam Hurdle”

Thank you so much for your support, Priscilla! I appreciated your great review of my book. To be with my daughter was one major motivation to fight for my life. We moved to our new house in Portland six weeks ago. It’s wonderful to see my daughter’s family regularly.

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Thanks for this recommendation. I have just ordered it from Amazon and look forward to reading it.

I am also so sorry to hear about your mother and her battle with cancer.

I so enjoy your blogs. Keep them coming!


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Last night I finished reading Miriam Hurdle’s book, The Winding Road. It was a well written, easy to read book about the long, tough journey Miriam went through to overcome cancer. What a courageous individual Miriam is to have gone through all the trials and tribulations she went through to beat the cancer she had along with the family and friends who stood by her. Not only did Miriam detail her medical experience with cancer but also the financial hurdles she had to overcome.

Thanks Miriam for sharing your experiences. I was so happy to read that not only did you win the battle against cancer but you were able to get your life back on track and to enjoy life!

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Wow, Brenda, you finished reading my book, The Winding Road! I’m honored and appreciate your support with all my heart. Thank you so much for sharing with me and Thomas what you thought. Would you copy your comment and paste it on an Amazon review for me? It would be helpful to spread the word! Thank you again, Brenda! ❤

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Thank you very much, Brenda. You can go to your Amazon account, find your digital order and click on my book you ordered. Under the title, you’d see stars and numbers. Click on the numbers and scroll down to see the reviews. You can click the link of “write a review” on the left. It would ask you to name your review, click the number of stars, enter your review, and then click submit.
I hope you’d have fun doing it. I look forward to seeing it. 😊

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Oh, wow, Jennifer! Good to meet you here! ULV is a wonderful university. I completed my doctoral studies in three years, including writing my dissertation during the third year of classes. The support from the professors and fellow schoolmates was wonderful.

Thank you for reading Thomas’ review!

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Hi Max, thank you so much for coming over to read this heartfelt review. I truly appreciate that. I’m delighted to know you did your undergrad studies at ULV. I enjoyed the doctoral program and the low professor/student ratio. It felt like a family.

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I know you’d agree with me that Thomas did a wonderful review, Cindy! Thank you very much for coming over. Yes, I was so touched by his review that I looked for him for a while. I mentioned to you about the miracles. It wasn’t a coincidence that I found Thomas to thank him.

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Thank you so much Merril. I am so sorry about your uncle. It could be genetic so I have taken a test which can detect early signs of multiple myeloma ten years ahead, when it is still very treatable. Just a note in case you are interested and have not hard of it.

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You’re welcome, Merril. You’re a wonderful poet. I’ve known you for years through Colleen’s poetry challenge. My reading is fast behind because of selling our old house and buying the new home. I’ll check out your new book when I slow down a bit.

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Thank you, Thomas! I published my book in the beginning of selling our old house and searching for a new home. Then came the complicated moving process, had everything in the storage for several months, and finally moved them to our new home.

I’ll give it a proper promotion soon.

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Hi Thomas, it is lovely to see Miriam’s wonderful book featured here. I also read it and I also related strongly to it as my mother is a breast cancer survivor. She also had two different chemotherapies and Herceptin for 19 months. She has been in remission for 6 years now.

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Thank you so much for stopping by to read the review, Robbie! Thomas is a wonderful reviewer! He spent a lot of time writing insightful reviews. I’m thankful he came across my book and gave it a read and review. I’m thankful and happy for your mom surviving the dreadful disease!
I should have time to read your book next week!

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Thank you so much for stopping by to read the review, Diana! Thomas did a wonderful job reviewing my book. I was surprised to meet him through Jacqui’s blog tour after looking for this great reviewer for a while. Having support from family and friends is crucial to surviving major illnesses. I’m sure you shared the credit for your husband’s speedy recovery. BTW, how is he doing?

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That’s true, he’ll have lots of life worth living. It’s a lot of work to take care of my lymphatic leg every day.

We got the furniture set up in three rooms, one more to go. I need to clean all the glass before putting things in.

We unpacked a few boxes, but we have about 100. I packed the fragile items in between the clothes or used the sheet and towels to wrap them.

There’s a staircase with 9 steps to go down to the garage. Then there’s another staircase with 13 steps to go up to the loft in the garage where we stored the boxes. Unpacking and carrying things into the house is a big job.

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There are steps going up to the front door also. We’ll installed handrails in the summer. We’ve met some neighbors. Many immediate neighbors are friendly. Two families with little ones and two with retired couples. Another two kept things to themselves, as the neighbors told us. We feel good about the neighborhood!

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We got snowed in for a few days. Basically, it was icy in our cul de sac on top of the slope. No one went in and out to break the ice.

Mercy came on the third day to bring us some groceries. I went out on the fourth day. The streets were clear!!

The previous owners didn’t plant any flowers!! I’m glad spring will be here soon. I bought bulbs, plants, and seeds waiting for warmer days to plant them. 🌺🌹🌷

I have to find a local writing group. Hope you and I will meet.

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This is a really odd spring. Usually it’s about 50 degrees right now… not sleeting and snowing. Check out Willamette Writers when you’re ready. They have a whole listing of groups throughout Oregon. And yes, we’ll meet, of course. 😀

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This year Portland got the second highest snow since 1943! Lynton said he found out his body likes the colder temperature. Good to hear him saying that.

Thank you for the lead in writing groups.

Is your daughter still living in Beaverton? 🙂 We can meet when you come to see her, or we can meet halfway. ❤

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