Contact Your Name (required) Your Email (required) Subject Your Message 9 Comments Bettina Arndt says: November 21, 2018 at 9:46 pm I have asked repeatedly to stop receiving emails from your publicity people and they are ignoring me. Please remove me from that list and don’t make me subscribe to your mailing list either. I get too many emails! Sorry, Tina Reply April Kirkwood says: January 20, 2019 at 8:25 pm I will make sure that’s done. Sorry, April Reply Charlotte says: December 4, 2018 at 2:18 am Hi Ms. Kirkwood, I really enjoyed your first book and look forward to reading the second. There was so much valuable information for young women as well as the insight into Mr. Valli’s character. I have three questions: Do you do any seminars? In this celebrity driven culture, young women might be well advised to know what they are facing when they get into a relationship with a celebrity. You’ve been there. Who is the “Toni” that you refer to as Frankie Valli’s wife? I thought he had only married three times, to Mary, Mary Ann and Randy. This maybe a sensitive question, but do you know whatever happened to his second wife Mary Ann Hannigan? She seems to have vanished after divorcing him. Thanks again for sharing your fascinating journey Reply April Kirkwood says: January 20, 2019 at 8:30 pm Hi Charlotte: Let me answer your questions. Toni is his daughter. That must be a typo. What page is it on so I can change it in future printings? Mary Ann passed away recently as did Randy. Please keep in touch. Life is sad isn’t it. Happy New Year. Much love, April Reply James A. Cox says: December 14, 2018 at 6:18 am Dear April Kirkwood: I’m very pleased to announce that the December 2018 issue of our online book review magazine “MBR Bookwatch” features a review of “Working My Way Back to Me”. Here is the review: MBR Bookwatch: December 2018 James A. Cox, Editor-in-Chief Midwest Book Review 278 Orchard Drive, Oregon, WI 53575 http://www.midwestbookreview.com/mbw/dec_18.htm#cowper Cowper’s Bookshelf Working My Way Back to Me April Kirkwood & Donald G. Evans Boudoir Press https://www.aprilkirkwood.com 9781732349025, $14.95, PB, 156pp, http://www.amazon.com Synopsis: For rural Ohio beauty queen April Kirkwood, her #MeToo moment came way before the term was coined. She lost her virginity to the middle-aged Frankie Valli at 16, after a decade pursuing a childhood fantasy to be the crooner’s wife. The affair would go for decades. But Frankie Valli is just a central character in April’s complex story of her struggle to break the generational cycle of abused and dependent women. Indeed, the strong women in “Working My Way Back to Me: A Frank Memoir of Self-Discovery” are filled with enormous love that offers protection, but also intensifies the hurt. Through April’s eyes, we experience joys and heartaches that echo across more than a half-century of old family secrets and ways, and the triumphs and defeats involved in trying to break the mold. Critique: It is interesting to note that April Kirkwood has worked over twenty five years in public education and in the mental health field as a social worker, teacher, guidance counselor, mentor for new teachers, and counselor. She presently lives in Florida and Ohio and spends most of her time writing, sharing her story with others, helping women, and is a public speaker. Her memoir, “Working My Way Back to Me: A Frank Memoir of Self-Discovery” is more than just an exercise in personal catharsis, it is a representative true life example of the effects of a pervasive cultural patriarchally based misogyny — and how a new movement is helping women break from their invisible bonds and emerge as worthwhile and independent women in a pluralist society. While very highly recommended for community and academic library collections, it should be noted for personal reading lists that “Working My Way Back to Me” is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $4.99). Mary Cowper Reviewer You have complete permission to utilize the review in any manner you deem useful for marketing and promotion. This review will also appear in the Cengage Learning, Gale interactive CD-ROM series “Book Review Index” which is published four times yearly for academic, corporate, and public library systems. Additionally, this review will be archived on our Midwest Book Review website for the next five years at http://www.midwestbookreview.com I look forward to your next title! James A. Cox Editor-in-Chief Midwest Book Review Reply Josephine Garcia says: February 6, 2019 at 3:14 am Hi I was 11yrs when I stupidly fell in love with a real looser I was young didnt really know Reply April Kirkwood says: March 28, 2019 at 11:35 pm It happens to all of us. Isn’t it nice to know we are all so much more alike then we realize. Stay well. Reply April Kirkwood says: April 8, 2019 at 12:20 pm Thank you for your support. Women need to uplift all facets of our lives not as something shameful but as lessons for ourselves and others. Shine your light Josephine! Reply April Kirkwood says: June 3, 2019 at 12:25 am Hi Josephine: It’s wonderful and freeing to tell your story. I feel reborn. I hope you enjoy the book, Working My Way Back To Me, as well as any writings. I’m here to chat if you have questions. Much love and gratitude. Love, April Reply Leave a Reply Cancel replyYour email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Name * Email * Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.