Everything and a Happy Ending

Everything and a Happy Ending Book Review

How can so many of us be so lonely for so long?  This is the first question that popped into my mind even after reading the first few pages of this memoir.  I have a very open mind when it comes to reading any genre of books; same can be said for my taste in music.  They both align with my mood and what is going on in my life on any given day.

This book, this memoir by and from Tia Shurina came into my life at just the right moment.  Coincidence?  Was it real-ly the right moment?  Was it true-ly the right moment?  If you move onward and upward towards reading this, you will understand why I said this and what it means.  A lot of her transitional moments she found were linked to other important instances; one could deem them as coincidence or, as something more ethereal.  Either way, I felt linked to this book as I absorbed word after word.


Reading her memoir felt like I was actually sitting down with an old friend I had not been in touch with for decades and we were trying to play catch up over drinks and hors d’oeuvres.  Okay, so I mostly was either laying in bed with a mud mask on eating chocolates or scrunched up in my truck the few minutes between work and picking my kids up from school when I read this.  

I think the reason why I felt this way is because this book, her memoir, resonated with me.  On more than several instances I thought; “I am not the only one to do this!”, or “to feel this way” or “to have thought this” or “to have had this happen”.  From a migraine sufferer to being a huge multi-tasker in day to day life and stressing over not knowing how bills will get paid or the next bag of groceries will be bought.

Those in her life that passed away from kidney failure (no spoilers here on the who, sorry) and the individual that helped through with her final transformation is what sunk me in further.  I have had a true love even before marriages but, it was not meant to be at that time and throughout the almost two decades we would bump into each other, it was not at the right time either.  Finally in the summer of 2015 it was almost the right time and I only had to wait until October 2016.  We professed our love for each other when last we saw each other December 1, 2015; my kids were ecstatic too (I am a single mom with three kids)! He was going to sell his house in Virginia, retire in September 2016 and then move out here to California.  Finally, we were to be together; true-ly together.  I knew he had been in pain but, his job was extremely stressful and pushed his body and mind to the limits non-stop plus, he was literally always traveling everywhere.  He passed away in his sleep shortly after we last saw each other from kidney failure.  Yes, it was that quickly.

Reading about Tia finding out who she is and accepting it plus, opening herself up physically, emotionally and spiritually is what I need to do next; true-ly do next.  I wholeheartedly agree with many points she makes throughout:  The “Should” and “Shouldn’t” in life, acceptance, honesty and real-versus-true (this is where real-ly and true-ly come in).  There are a lot of truths in life that we all strive to be enlightened from.  Acceptance is key but, can be filled with shame which can balk us at times ~ well stated.

One thing I must note is that I knew not of the “scandal” or the whom until after I had completely finished her memoir.  I delved right in and kept the blinders on, which is easy for me seen as I really do not get into celebrity gossip nor even have cable.  The below is an excerpt of her book and some facts from the author about the author.  I highly recommend this book, not from a gossip point of view but, from one friend to another.  Sometimes we all cannot voice what we are saying or going through and being able to read about it from not only someone else but, hearing our own voices reading the mirrored words pushes us forward to do what we need to do next.  Take that next step, open your eyes, open your mind, open your heart and open the book.

EAAHE, a memoir published by Mascot Books, details the journey & soulful shift of her story as Tia shares her holy grail & trail she took to transform her life. After moving through her own metamorphosis she then helped an old friend, Ray Romano, move through his own transition, going with the flow very privately, but most profoundly.

“My journey almost destroyed me. Almost. Boy have I come to like that word. What a pleasurable word almost can be. You may almost be ready to buy my book. You may almost be ready to begin an amazing new journey of your own. You may almost be over that rainbow Judy Garland sings about. What great potential almost can hold if you can flip your way of thinking. Just imagine, controlled pessimism, doubt & fear flipped into blind optimism, faith & love.”

That flip helped Tia move to a place where heaven meets earth…the pearly gates of her own happy ending. Changing the ending for her story brought a pure, precious, peace of heart, but kicked her butt a bit as she made her way…committed to keeping her faith. The book was a Plan C, maybe even D, but Tia was determined, after a dedicated intention & divine decision to start swimming more with the current of her life, instead of bucking that flow. Her ordinary, relatable story took an extraordinary, fantastical turn when she showed the Universe she was committed to her intention & her desire to be given an opportunity to make some new, different choices. EAAHE is a memoir that shares the “how’d that happen?” & the “how’d she do that?” in a holy hope of helping others to see life in a new way.

EAAHE recounts 3 inter-connected relationships & love stories that enabled Tia to love truly, deeply, & most of all, love herself. Three special circles she rounded with Ray, her dad, & her ex-husband. A true woman’s full circle journey to learn how to really trust, how to “thine own self be true”, & then, the real & true love it led her ‘round back to. It shares how the power of love & a journey to intimacy helped her make a faithful flip which began a sacred circle & new chapter…one that would allow a different ending for a story she had begun writing for herself when she was much younger. One that Tia feels strongly will inspire other women of a certain age to keep faith that it’s not too late to write a new ending for their own, as they embrace their history, not try to re-write.

Tia is, most days, filled with joy. She is, every day, filled with peace. She looks forward to a happy ending each new day now, however it unfolds, whomever it holds, & whatever way the Universe molds, as she continues to create a new “happily ever after”, staying committed to rising above her fears, moving out of her comfort zones, and going with the flow of her life.

Here is what the customers are saying about the book on Amazon – Customer Reviews

If you are interested in reading the book, here is where to find it – check out on Amazon – Purchase Here or from Tia’s own site – http://everythingandahappyending.com/

Here is a Press Release about the book – http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/will-tia-shurina-give-ray-romano-a-happy-ending-new-memoir-reveals-relationship-and-unveils-transformation-300212049.html

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  1. Thanks for sharing this review 🙂 That’s what I love most about reading. You can forget reality for a tiny bit and jump into a fictional book. Or you can read a book like this and then realize that you are more connected to people than you ever really realized! Gotta check it out.

  2. I’m putting together my must read book list for 2017 and this is ABSOLUTELY going on it! I cannot wait to dive in. Thank you for a great review! xoxo Robin

    1. I truly hope it makes it to your list 🙂 That is a great idea on making a book list for this year! Thanks for the inspiration!

  3. This sounds like a great book, and sounds like it came into your life at just the right time. I love books like that – when they find you at exactly the right moment, they become that much more meaningful.

    1. Thank you ~ I have always been an avid reader and would tear through volumes of books into late at night even as a child. My kids have taken after me in this aspect which I am thrilled about unfortunately, I have much less time to read so, I find the minutes I can.

  4. “filled with joy. She is, every day, filled with peace. She looks forward to a happy ending each new day now, however it unfolds, whomever it holds, & whatever way the Universe molds, as she continues to create a new “happily ever after”, staying committed to rising above her fears, moving out of her comfort zones, and going with the flow of her life.” <—– I LOVE THIS PARAGRAPH!!! LOVE IT!!! It is ME! TIA and I are twins! 😉

    1. I admit that reading this did invoke feelings I am trying to squash but, realizing I cannot and have to come to terms with instead. Thank you.

  5. Reading this article is like reading the book with you. The excerpt and the comparison of your interchangings. It’s been a while since I picked up a good book and read it; this article makes me want to start searching for one. Thanks for recommending.

  6. Such an inspiring book to read especially when you’re feeling a little hopeless in life. I think Tia is going to inspire you to move towards your dreams in life.

  7. I can already feel the book’s promise through your words and your own story, I’m sorry to hear about what happened. I’ll be glad to read this and hopefully have one through the author’s website.

  8. I love it when books are like this. You instantly feel a connection to the writer, especially that you said you felt like you had been friends for decades and were just catching up. I am going to have to look into getting a copy of this!


    1. Sound like an avid reader ~ I like that 🙂 Remember to go into every book with an open mind 😉 I am passionate about reading.

  9. dearest michelle i was jumping up & down as i read about ur special re-connection…& my heart shattered in a second as i continued reading. i was so sorry to read of his passing. as i grieved 4 u, on that #6 subway train, it was followed by the overwhelming feeling of such joy 4 you …to have come full circle & have been able to round back to each other & declare it, & share it, w/each other….even if only for a short amount of time. So special. So wanted by so many but so afraid it may not be meant2be for them….a love such is that. Your story is a beautiful inspiration & i thank you for sharing it. Thank you also for ur touching review. It was my most sincere hope as i moved towards my path to publishing…that my story might move another woman another step towards real…& very true 😉 love. I am very very grateful.
    Wishing all of you lovely ladies who took the time to comment & share beautiful beginnings, happy endings, & only the loveliest of “everythings” in between. peace, tia shurina

    1. This means the world to me that I can honestly say; “Someone understands me.”. There were so many parallels in my life I really wanted to express how I felt in my review. Thank you for having given so many of us the chance to connect with you; it truly was an honor and I would do so again. Side note ~ my eldest son asked me to say hello and thank you also 🙂

      1. happy saturday & hello back dear eldest child! you have a special mom…she will teach you well! u r her arrow…& she, ur beautiful bow! u r most welcome…my pleasure…&, my honor. tia

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