Independence by Deb Landry - Winner - Gold Seal of Excellence



We are proud to issue our Best Ever You Gold Seal of Excellence to Deb Landry and her book Independence - A Memoir of Secrets, Discovery, and Forgiveness.



About the book:

In November of 2014, nearing the thirty-fifth anniversary of the untimely death of her father, Deb learns the devastating news that the man she knew and loved as her biological father was not her DNA match. This unforeseen key unlocked a life-long secret to her inexplicable childhood experiences with a narcissist mother and intensified her four-decade search for understanding of a mother-daughter relationship.


Independence is a memoir of secrets kept by a mother, discovered by the daughter and a quest to find forgiveness and acceptance for the unknown.


This heartfelt story of one woman’s journey unfolds as she uncovers the motive of her mother’s bizarre and unpredictable behavior and secrets.


Independence delves into the impact maternal emotional and psychological abuse has on a child’s life and how interrupted adolescent development sends a child to escape inward, resulting in developing negative internal messages of shame, fear, and never feeling good enough.


This poignant narration reveals a child’s resilience and an adult’s quest to find solace, and the true meaning of family.


About Deb Landry

Deb Landry is an author, certified parenting coach and life coach, professional operational consultant, podcast host, and activist for children’s rights. She is the author of Independence, A Memoir of Secrets Discovery and Forgiveness and has authored three children’s books, Yankee Go Home, The Snapdragon Princess co-authored with Kim Parrish and the bestselling award-winning Sticks Stones and Stumped. Her new children’s book, Summer’s Shadow, will be released in late 2020. Deb other works include several interactive children’s awareness plays on character education and bullying prevention. A humanitarian and philanthropist, Landry specializes in bullying and harassment prevention and safe school climate planning. She has lobbied for legislation in the state of Maine and throughout the U.S., serving on ad hoc committees and works as an advocate for children, youth and teens who are affected by bullying, harassment or discrimination.

Deb knows first-hand how childhood trauma can psychologically affect the growth of youth and has spent over twenty years as the co-founder and Executive Director of Crossroads, a youth character education nonprofit with a focus on developmental education to raise resilient and respectful youth. ​

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