In My Next Life I’ll Get it Right
Magic Island Literary Works (2021)
Reviewed by Tammy Ruggles for Reader Views (04/2021)
“In My Next Life I’ll Get It Right” by award-winning Rosemary Mild, is a plucky volume of essays about life, love, family, career, and everything in between. This eclectic mix of emotional, insightful vignettes has something for everyone, and covers a wide range of subjects. Some pieces will warm your heart, some will make you smile or laugh, and a few will bring a tear to your eye. Through these essays, we get to know this writer and the other half of the Mild writing duo, Larry, her husband. Together they’ve traveled the world and fought crime–by way of fiction, that is. This author doesn’t shy away from the hard realities of life and balances them out with poignant moments. Her observation skills are objective and pointed, and you’ll be informed as well as entertained as she takes you to places that may be unfamiliar to you.
Mild has a unique take on writing, and life, and it’s refreshing to read how others navigate their waters. Her description of medical events and brushes with the famous are especially entertaining. You can vicariously join in with Rosemary as she skates, sails, and travels; but you’ll be heartbroken by the sadder occurrences in her life as well. I enjoy the different perspectives she brings to life events and admire the way she succinctly puts them into words that move the heart, tickle the funny bone, and impart nuggets of experience and wisdom.
One of my favorite essays is also a funny one, where Rosemary takes on wearing a sunhat to cover her hair, and the wind blows it away one day when she’s taking a walk. Thinking it’s gone forever, life goes on. But the hat ends up being the poor victim of the lawn mower blades. Her self-deprecating humor is also refreshing, and I enjoyed the anecdotes about her family life. A few images are sprinkled here and there to enhance the text. “In My Next Life I’ll Get It Right” by award-winning Rosemary Mild is a joy to read, an enriching addition to your personal library, and would make a great gift for someone who needs a boost.