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Wednesday, September 26, 2007


Outskirts Press, Inc.
Parker, CO
Genre: Biographical Memoir
Rating: Good
ISBN: 13-9781432705893, $13.95, 164 pp.

Quoting from the back cover:

"RoseMarie felt dead, without feelings for anything or anyone, and only the beat of her heart kept her alive. Why did she feel this way? What was so bad that a fairly healthy woman would even consider suicide? In desperation, RoseMarie reached out in 1995 to connect with someone-anyone-and found a dear friend in an unlikely place-on the Internet. Thus began one of the deepest friendships she had ever known and created a virtual lifeline for the both of them. For the next nine years they lived their lives in daily contact, laughing, crying, supporting each other in a relationship unlike any either could have imagined."

I love honest writers, even when the truth may not be particularly attractive. Such is the case in this memoir, Lifeline Online. It’s a story about average women living life as it comes, trying to do the best they can, and finding some happiness along the way. Ms. Lamatt’s first sentence on the back cover ..."RoseMarie felt dead, without feelings for anything or anyone, and only the beat of her heart kept her alive."... is quite an opening hooker. I believe there are many women who can identify with this thought at some point in their lives. And so, therein lies the appeal of this memoir . . . how did RoseMarie get past this point?, how did she find something of value?

Rm Lamatt’s writing style is diarylike in a sense . . . rich in details; and yet, she keeps you interested and turning pages to the end. Her story is well written and well edited. As to its market appeal, I think middle-aged and older women might find it inspiring, particularly if they, too, have a desire to write.

Rm Lamatt is also the author of Fears Flutterby to which I gave a favorable review in February 2006. In Lifeline Online she continues to hone her writing skills.