We can fool ourselves into thinking that we have our lives well planned out. It was that way for me, being a product of the 1950/60’s: I’d go to college, meet my prince, get married, have children and live happily ever after. As much as I thought I knew what to expect, my life was riddled with surprises. But the last was the most unexpected, compelling me to write Fifth Child, a non-fiction book about the anguish and consequences of a drug-addicted child, which resulted in parenting her child almost since birth.

My husband and I are cast into a shockingly large demographic. Grandparents raising grandchildren is a growing phenomenon in our country because of our shifting economy, unmarried teen mothers, alcohol abuse and illegal drug use. Close to 10 million grandparents comprise the club. We had already raised four children. Jaime was our third child, and Brady is her son, who began calling us Mommy and Daddy when he was three. Readers may be amazed to find calamity overcoming a so seemingly traditional family. But as events and family history unfold, disturbing pitfalls and unfortunate genetic vulnerability reveal fault lines that can sabotage people from any walk of life.

"The Addict's Mom Sharing Without Shame" Video is so important whether addiction has touched your life or not. It's powerful. Please click on the link below to watch the video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gHNZbbePiKg

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Thursday, November 14, 2013


5.0 out of 5 stars Hard to put downNovember 13, 2013
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This review is from: Fifth Child: The Turbulent Path That Led to Parenting Our Child's Child (Kindle Edition)
This was a very well written book of a families journey through addiction and how it impacts all of the family members. I started reading it and couldn't put it down until I finished it at 3:00AM It was worth being tired all of the next day.I thought about it a lot over the past few days and that is always a sign of a good book to me. It made me incredibly sad and I really wished for a different ending, but this is the reality of addiction.It was a very honest book, and worth the time to read it.I love the way the human spirit lives on and can thrive again through the many different problems that have to be endured by a family in crisis.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013


FIFTH CHILD on Kindle/E-Book is now $6.99 on Amazon.com. Goes back to $9.99 on Nov. 17. Soft Cover is $15.15. GO FOR IT!

Tuesday, November 12, 2013


If you want to read FIFTH CHILD on your Kindle or E-Book for a LOW price, get it by midnight tonight on AMAZON.COM. After tonight, it goes to $6.99 and back to $9.99 on Nov. 16. Of course, you can always get the soft cover now $15.15 on Amazon. Where do they come up with these prices?!?

Monday, November 11, 2013


https://www.twitter.com/lynnegassel5.0 out of 5 stars Honest and MovingNovember 10, 2013
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This review is from: Fifth Child: The Turbulent Path That Led to Parenting Our Child's Child (Kindle Edition)
The author's honesty and clarity about her family's true life events, the deep love, sorrow, constant hope and equal disappointment are captured so well in this highly readable tragedy of one child's drug addiction. Fortunately, it is also a story of triumph over tragedy because of Lynne’s and Stu’s commitment to protect and love Brady without fail.

The author's prose and conversational style – her thoughtful way of telling her family’s story – really draws the reader in. With Lynne’s telling, I felt very involved in so much of the family dynamics, experiencing Lynne’s conflicted life, wanting Jaime to succeed, knowing the likely outcome, and worrying for young Brady’s future.

This tension between knowing that tragedy was ahead and wanting to know how Jaime and Brady will fare in succeeding days, kept me hooked. I found that once I started reading I was drawn in and quickly finished. Although, I never faced the challenges of addiction with my own kids, I found the book to be much broader in its appeal, especially in how parents try their best to make the right decisions for their children when, as most of us know, there is never a perfect answer.

Because the book so immerses the reader in the author’s deeply personal recollections, if you are a parent, the story is deeply “relatable” as it makes a very personal connection, and, while reading, brings to mind one’s own life raising kids, the mistakes, joys and tragedies. The book also reinforced my belief that most parents do their best for their children. Indeed, after raising two kids myself and recalling the many, many challenges, I honestly don't see how, in the context of the real-time events of daily life, Lynne and Stu could have loved Jaime more or done better as parents. And Brady, his gems of wisdom nicely placed to introduce each chapter, is indeed a lucky child to have such great parents.

I highly recommend this book and I am sure many parents will thank Lynne for writing such a touching and totally honest account of her family struggles.