Beauty in the Broken Places: A Memoir of Love, Faith, and Resilience

Beauty in the Broken Places: A Memoir of Love, Faith, and Resilience

A deeply moving memoir about two lives that were changed in the blink of an eye, and the love that helped them rewrite their future

Five 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 Dave—a healthy thirty-year-old athlete and surgical resident—had 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. It’s a tale of a husband’s turbulent road to recovery, the shifting nature of marriage, and the struggle of loving through pain and finding joy in the broken places.

Title:Beauty in the Broken Places: A Memoir of Love, Faith, and Resilience
ISBN:9780399591679
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About Allison Pataki

ALLISON PATAKI is the NYTimes Bestselling author of THE TRAITOR'S WIFE, THE ACCIDENTAL EMPRESS, SISI:EMPRESS ON HER OWN, WHERE THE LIGHT FALLS, and the memoir, BEAUTY IN THE BROKEN PLACES.


    Beauty in the Broken Places: A Memoir of Love, Faith, and Resilience Reviews

  • Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader & Traveling Sister

    5 poignant and brave stars to Beauty in the Broken Places! ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ I have been a fan of Allison Pataki’s books because she writes in my favorite genre, historical fiction. In Beauty in t...

  • Liz

    “When Dave woke up from a near fatal stroke, age thirty, beautiful, seemingly strong and outwardly intact, he couldn’t carry memories from hour to hour, much less from one day to the next.”I had...

  • Allison

    I look forward to sharing this book with you all. Thank you so much for reading....

  • Mandie

    So many feelings for this amazing memoir! Allison wrote daily letters to her husband Dave after he suffered a rare and life-threatening stroke! Sharing her journey of trials and tribulations! And how ...

  • Camille Maio

    Five stars to author Allison Pataki for opening up a window into the life of her family after a devastating and unexpected stroke befell her young husband. I know from experience that things we think ...

  • Lillian

    This was an emotional read. It is a memoir telling the heartbreaking story of recovery from a stroke. Dave Levy, a thirty year old orthopedic resident suffers a catostrophic brain injury. The author, ...

  • Cheryl

    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. Alli...

  • Linda Zagon

    MY REVIEW OF “BEAUTY IN THE BROKEN PLACES: A MEMOIR OF LOVE, FAITH AND RESILIENCE”Allison Pataki, Author of “Beauty in the Broken Places : A Memoir of Love, Faith and Resilience” has written a...

  • Lillian

    Allison "Alli" Pataki never imagined that her babymoon trip would result in a hospital trip. Her thirty-year-old husband, Dr David Levy suffered a stroke while en route trip to Hawaii. Beauty in the B...

  • Meg - A Bookish Affair

    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 marr...