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A NEW CHAPTER: Lynda Matthews, a former resident of Freelton, is the author of A Breath Away, a memoir.

Former Freelton resident pens multi-faceted memoir

By Catherine O’Hara
REVIEW STAFF

After her husband, Craig, passed away in September 2010 of melanoma that ravaged his bones, Lynda Matthews took to her computer and blogged. The entries have since been woven together in the form of a story, one that details the couple’s fondest memories, Craig’s battle with cancer, the support of hospice, and the afterlife.

A Breath Away, a self-published memoir by the former Freelton resident, is an inspirational true tale of the family’s life together – and what’s it like now that they are physically apart.

“I found that the more I got into the story, the more I just felt great about it and just wanted to get it out,” said Matthews, who currently resides in Hamilton.

The memoir, which has received “great response” from readers so far, touches on four themes that Matthews says will appeal to many.

“I’m hoping it will be an interest for anybody,” she said of the book’s audience.

Acknowledging that not every reader will be “on the same page on the afterlife,” Matthews is hopeful A Breath Away will shine a light on the great support she and her husband found in the hospice – care and encouragement she continues to receive weekly from the facility.

In an attempt to raise her book’s profile, Matthews has taken to the World Wide Web, where she’s connected with others. Locally, she’s holding a book signing at Pickwick Books (325 Dundas St. East). The author will be on-hand to sign copies of A Breath Away between 1 and 3 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 1.

The memoir is available for purchase at the Waterdown bookstore or online at amazon.ca and chapters.ca.

For more information on Matthews and her self-published book, visit www.lyndamatthews.com.

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