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"Melissa Francis shares important lessons hard-won at her meddling mother's side and offers an important cautionary tale for any family with big dreams for its children."
-- Laurel Saville, author of Unraveling Anne: A Memoir of a Mother's Reckless Life and Tragic Death

"I am always in search of the book I can't put down. Well, thanks to Melissa Francis, I FOUND it. I may have missed a few nights sleep, but I am so much better for it. Her book is captivating, revealing and ultimately healing. Who knew the kid from Little House on the Prairie had such a fascinating real-life story? I am in awe."
-- Hoda Kotb, author of Hoda: How I Survived War Zones, Bad Hair, Cancer, and Kathie Lee, and co-host of the Today show

"Melissa Francis' story is riveting. The book is the perfect antidote for the 'Tiger Mom' syndrome that seems to be gaining traction in today's society . . . If you want to be inspired to reach beyond what you were taught as a child, get this book now."
-- Melissa Gilbert, author of the bestselling Prairie Tale: A Memoir

"Really powerful reading . . . Melissa has eloquently told the difficult and disturbing story of how a mother's absolute, unrelenting narcissism led her to sacrifice the well-being of both of her children. Melissa has triumphed heroically over her circumstances."
-- Alison Arngrim, author of Confessions of a Prairie Bitch

"Chilling memoir by a Fox Business Network anchor and child star chronicles the misery of growing up with a cruel, controlling and abusive stage mother. Francis' narrative grabs readers immediately. One of those intimate, heartbreaking, doubled-edged stories that is hard to read, impossible to put down."
-- Kirkus Review

"Compelling . . . A thoughtful trek across a troubled family landscape resulting in a bittersweet yet hopeful final act."
-- Publisher's Weekly