Pamela Capone
Aha! Press (2019)
ISBN 9781642374803
Reviewed by Carol Hoyer for Reader Views (05/19)

Pamela Capone’s “The Little Love That Could” provides readers with an honest, touching look into the lives many of us lead. There is not a single essay or situation that will leave one untouched. Beginning with her story as a ragamuffin that is taken in by her foster parents, Capone describes how she felt she would never be loved or cared for yet throughout her life she becomes a most loving, faithful, compassionate woman.

I felt like I was sitting down with a long-time friend having intimate conversations over coffee. The majority of what attracts me to this read is Capone is never judgmental and accepts individuals for who they are, while at the same time learns something more about herself and her journey. While the author interjects numerous Bible scriptures, they are not so much that one feels like she is imposing one’s faith or higher power.

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The essay “On Loan” hit my heart to the core. As a mother, I have the worry gene like many of us do and to be honest, it overwhelms me at times. There is only so much we can do to help our children through life and worrying isn’t going to change many things. As the author states, “My kids are not really mine, to begin with. They are on loan.” Meaning that we are just a temporary person who loves and care for them. In the end, they will complete the job God has chosen for them and will move on to his world.

Another essay that made me reconsider how we behave around those who have lost someone is “At Least It’s Not.” Often I, like many others, am at a loss of what to say around someone who is grieving for a loss that occurs. Normally, we say “Don’t cry, it will get better,” or we choose to interrupt to move to a different topic. We want to attempt to have them think of something else for just a few minutes. Instead, we cut them off and the knees with what makes us uncomfortable. It wasn’t until a few years ago I realized I don’t always have to say something. It’s ok just to be there with a hug or touch. People tend to do the same when someone wants to apologize; we brush it off by saying, “It’s fine, no big deal.” We as humans need to let others say what they need to say and feel what they need to feel without taking charge.

Life is never easy, but through examples, the author gives us the ok to stumble, make mistakes and reexamine ourselves, after all we are only human. “The Little Love That Could” is an easy read and one that empowers readers to take our days one day at a time and live them to the fullest. Trust me when I say, once you read Pamela Capone's book, you will never the same again. I highly recommend “The Little Love That Could” to everyone: teens, seniors and both sexes. It is powerful yet warm and loving.