A deeply moving memoir about two lives that were changed in the blink of an eye, and the love that helped them rewrite their futureFive months pregnant, on a flight to their babymoon, Allison Pataki turned to her husband when he asked if his eye looked strange, and watched him suddenly lose consciousness. After an emergency landing, she discovered that Davea healthy thirty-year-old athlete and surgical residenthad suffered a rare and life-threatening stroke. Next thing Allison knew, she was sitting alone in the ER in Fargo, North Dakota, waiting to hear if her husband would survive the night.When Dave woke up, he could not carry memories from hour to hour, much less from one day to the next. Allison lost the Dave she knew and loved when he lost consciousness on the plane. Within a few months, she found herself caring for both a newborn and a sick husband, struggling with the fear of what was to come.As a way to make sense of the pain and chaos of their new reality, Allison started to write daily letters to Dave. Not only would she work to make sense of the unfathomable experiences unfolding around her, but her letters would provide Dave with the memories he could not make on his own. She was writing to preserve their past, protect their present, and fight for their future. Those letters became the foundation for this beautiful, intimate memoir. And in the process, she fell in love with her husband all over again.This is a manifesto for living, an ultimately uplifting story about the transformative power of faith and resilience. Its a tale of a husbands turbulent road to recovery, the shifting nature of marriage, and the struggle of loving through pain and finding joy in the broken places....
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A beautiful look at the power of a relationship during a trying time. It reminds us all to believe in the strength of the human spirit. Thank you for sharing your story!
What an inspiring book!!! I was riveted reading about Allison and her husband, Dave. Five months pregnant, her husband suffered an extremely rare stroke on the plane on the way to their babymoon. What follows is their heart wrenching, yet full of hope story. I literally just couldn't put it down. I loved how it alternated between past and present, telling their story from the day they met up till today. Allison's faith was encouraging and heartwarming, and I pray that Dave continues to recover a ...more
Many people take a marriage vow that says you will take care of each other in sickness and in health. Many people don't think that you are going to have make good on that promise early on in your marriage. As Allison and Dave find out in "Beauty in the Broken Places," this isn't always the case and sometimes life throws you curve balls that can seem insurmountable. Allison and Dave were on their babymoon when Dave was struck by a stroke that leaves him clinging to life. Allison almost loses the ...more
This is an incredible story of gut, heart and overcoming unbelievable obstacles. Allison and her husband's grueling journey through his extremely rare stroke will leave you in awe. Such a great read.
I read this book in one three-hour sitting. I'm speechless. Allison Pataki is a brilliant and gifted writer. This story, though heartbreaking, was beautiful, inspiring, and left me with so much to think about. Thank you for sharing your journey with all of us.
Allison Pataki and Dave Levy met while they were students at Yale University. They began dating and slowly realized that they each had met a soulmate. They married and began their lives together. Allison worked as a television news writer but hoped to eventually become a writer of historical fiction. Dave began medical school. In 2015, Allison and Dave found out that they were to become parents and decided to celebrate by going on a “babymoon” trip to Hawaii. While in flight, Dave turned to Alli ...more
Ernest Hemingway wrote that we are strong at the broken places, and Allison Pataki found that to be true when her husband, David Levy, a third-year orthopedic surgery resident in Chicago, had a near-fatal stroke at age 30. On June 9, 2015, Dave and five-months-pregnant Allison were on a flight from Chicago to Hawaii for their babymoon, planning to stop in Seattle to visit Dave’s brothers. But they never made it there. On the plane Dave told her he couldn’t see out of his right eye.The plane made ...more
Sad, sweet and engrossing. As a fan of Pataki's historical fiction, I was curious about her memoir. This work did not disappoint. Reads like a novel but full if her family's all too real struggle.