Book Review | Repairing Rainbows

Title: Repairing Rainbows: A True Story of Family, Tragedy, and Choices

Author: Lynda Fishman

My Review:

This book is a true story about the author, Lynda Fishman, who at thirteen years of age lost her mother and two younger sisters in a plane crash. It depicts her journey as she moved forward with her life despite a father who was lost in his own despair and countless other moments of heartache. The plane crash was just the beginning of the sorrow that would be felt in Lynda’s life, and yet she overcame it all to achieve a positive outlook on life.

What a truly inspirational read. I read this book in three days, I just couldn’t put it down. I was so enthralled with the strength that Lynda demonstrated and the lessons she learned at such a young age. She really captured the feelings of her experience with her writing. When her grandparents receive the phone call that her mother and sisters were in a terrible plane crash, you can feel the fear and confusion that she felt. She was so young, it was hard for her to truly understand the implications, but she knew it was life changing.

Lynda also captures the struggle that her husband went through as a child as well. He lost his own mother at the age of 7 months and his father at the age of 17. They understood what the other was going through and together, they were able to create a positive life for themselves and their children.

The only thing that was difficult for me to read were Lynda’s visit to a medium. I’m just not sure how I feel about psychics and mediums in general. I definitely believe in a life after death, but I personally wouldn’t visit a medium to communicate with the deceased. Though Lynda he has no doubt that she has been in contact with her family, she present sit in a way that allows the reader to decide for themselves what they believe. My opinion is, if it brings her peace, it’s fine by me.

Thankfully, I have never been through something as traumatic as Lynda, and I hope no one ever has to, but I would highly recommend this book to anyone I know who does. To quote the back of the book, “…she learns the crucial difference between truly living and the existence that is so often mistaken for being alive.”

It’s the message of choices. We can’t control everything that happens around us, but we can control how we choose to react to them. Lynda was determined to not give in to despair. She chose life.

Read an excerpt of Repairing Rainbows.

*I received a copy of this book to review but I was not financially compensated in any way. The opinions expressed are my own and are based on my observations while reading this novel.*


Kimmel is a stay at home mom of two little girls. She moves all over the place as the wife of a United States Airman. She is an aspiring author who loves to write, read, watch movies, and bake delicious things!

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