" I find myself daydreaming as I go about my day on the lives of Cathy and Rita. I wish I could have met them, and a part of me feels I already have, as I stepped back in time reading their captivating story. The author was meant for that era herself as she writes with vintage flair and femininity. One can only wish these women could step out of the book. Thus, it is heartwarming to know that these women truly lived. I laughed, I cried, I neglected dishes and laundry, to be able to soak in every word, and I look forward to seeing another book published by Tara Mondou."
- Jessica Barber
"Tara Mondou writes a poignant and touching autobiography of her mother, Cathy Barron. She concentrates on her early and impressionable years and uses the voice of little Cathy. The dialogue clearly articulates a strong Cape Breton accent which adds to the flavour of the characters, a large and extended family. Many of the family have relocated to Ontario, but visits ‘back home’ clearly demonstrate the love for the island and culture in which they were raised. Cathy is the child of a working class single mother struggling to make ends meet. They live in a boarding house with Mrs. Wrenn, who is nasty and cruel to Cathy. The story is bittersweet and heart-wrenching as Cathy tries desperately to make sense of her environment. Mondou cleverly crafts Cathy’s coping mechanism through the analogy of the ‘mirror’, which is a way the little girl distances herself from conflicting and hurtful emotions she is unable to understand. Although this story tore at my heartstrings, it was insightful and engaging. I enjoyed the book and found it a very worthwhile read."
-Marianne Scott - Author of "Finding Ruby"
"This is one of the most beautiful stories I have read, one that sticks with you long after you've finished reading. If you loved The Glass Castle, you will LOVE Little Girl in the Mirror!"
-Marnie Kay - Publisher, Entrepreneur and Author of "Belief is the New Black"
"I am deeply moved by your mother's story. A well written great story about how sometimes it is hard to reach out and get help, while going through things that make us more mentally tough and allow us to become stronger.
All we can do about our childhood is make the necessary changes to have history not repeat itself, while fanning the flames of the things we liked to make those embers grow within our own children.
Thank you for sharing this story which cannot have been easy to do."
Congratulations Tara! I have always wanted to write a book but have never found the time. It is truly inspiring to see someone from our class, and from my own hometown, achieve such a beautiful thing as writing and publishing a book about her own mother’s life. I wish you great success!
“'The little girl in the Mirror' is a story that brought out all kinds of emotion in me.
Love, admiration, anger and frustration.
I just wanted to hug Cathy and punch Mrs. Wrenn.
It also made me reflect on my relationship with my mom and the words that have never been said.
Tara, you transported me into your mom's childhood and I hope there is more to come.”
“Loved the book Tara !!
As a Cape Bretoner I appreciated the accuracy, specifically the phrases; brought me back to my own childhood. Your mom was one special lady...guess we know where you get it.”
I never knew your mom had such a horrible time...didn't like that Wren-woman.
Catherine would be very proud of you.
Tears in eyes at your tribute at the end."
I have started reading your book and am loving it!!! What a wonderful testament of love for your mother...sharing her story! You have a gift of story-telling and I hope you will keep writing. Thank you for this wonderful gift!
“Tara in my 70 years, this is only the second book that I could not put down until I was finished.
By the way, when I was reading your book, I wanted to punch Mrs. Wrenn right in the mouth. Lol.”
The story follows a young girl named Cathy, as she is taken by her mother and transplanted halfway across the country in an attempt to build a better life for them both. As the story unfolds, readers are invited to participate with Cathy as she navigates the challenges of living independently in a single-parent household. Readers quickly develop a close bond with Cathy, comforting and encouraging her as they would a member of their own family. Tara’s story inspired me to look deeper into my own personal relationships. I sincerely look forward to reading the next installment about Cathy.
The Little Girl in the Mirror is a story that touched me deeply. Knowing Cathy in her adult life as a vibrant woman full of life, and learning that this was her story, her beginning, left me with the realization of how fascinating the human experience is. Cathy’s story is one of strength, and finding the light in darkness as well as the innocence, resilience and intelligence of a young girl's spirit.