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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Monday, June 23, 2014

This Review Brought Tears To My Heart -Thank You!

5.0 out of 5 stars Stunningly emotional and honestJune 23, 2014
This review is from: Fifth Child: The Turbulent Path That Led to Parenting Our Child's Child (Paperback)
As a grandparent raising the child of my addict daughter this book was the most stunningly emotional book I have ever read. There was hardly a sentence that I couldn't relate to. I was drawn in by the end of the first page and couldn't put it down until the last. It is extremely well and honestly written and a must read for any grandparent raising their grandchild, especially if they are doing so because of addiction. My intention was to pass this book on to another grandparent raising a grandchild but feel so connected to it that I want to hold on to it for a little bit first. Thank you Lynne for sharing your life with us and telling our story honestly. Kudos to you...Bravo...xo

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