The journey from a one-room shack in rural Texas, to the catwalks of high-fashion, and the sexy, pulsating dance floors of Studio 54, to the gilded mansions of Hollywood, came at a brutal emotional, physical and spiritual cost. With compelling openness, honesty and refreshing accountability, Alana chronicles her unstable childhood with a drug-addicted mother and succession of alcoholic step-fathers, her traumatic and violent rape, and struggles with bulimia, divorce and depression.
She also reveals the inner workings of her two high-profile marriages – and divorces – with two iconic stars: rocker Rod Stewart (who just released a memoir) and actor George Hamilton; life as a single mom; the devastating effects of drug addiction in her family; and the tragic deaths of her mother, and her best friend, Farrah Fawcett.
Far from playing the victim, Alana shares the valuable life lessons learned from her numerous challenges and heartaches: unconditional love, faith, gratitude, perseverance, and the importance of finding your higher purpose in life.
A devotee of Deepak Chopra, Alana has undergone a spiritual renaissance, which has inspired her to help others by sharing her story. “What I really would love for people to take away is that no matter what kind of challenges or difficulties we go through in our lives, we can get through them with faith, perseverance and spiritual support,” she says.
The 411 by Maria:
I think if we were all to look at our own lives in a rearview mirror we would notice things we wish we had done differently, thing we knew better, and mistakes that could have been avoided if we really were watching from the outside. Well, they say you can't go back and this is very true but as long as you grow, realize your mistakes and take responsibility for the hear and now you are better than most.
Alana Stewart takes a brutally honest look at herself in this book. The road hasn't been easy but she appears to have taken all her hard knocks and emerged a beautiful person who hasn't allowed herself to play the victim.
Autobiographical lovers will love her candid approach and no holds barred account of her tumultuous early years and self resurrection as a balanced, spiritual individual who seeks to look for the positive in life. Pop culture lovers will love the stories of iconic friends and family like Rod Steward, Elton John, Farrah Fawcett, George Hamilton and more.
Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy for my honest review.