The Giving Tree meets Eat, Pray, Love in a brazenly honest, refreshingly irreverent, and even hilarious look at going “through” versus going “down.”
Tricia LaVoice’s life turned upside-down when her parents were tragically killed in an automobile accident. Her close relationships with her mother and father made everyday life afterwards a challenge.
Happily married and with a beautiful baby girl, Tricia had no time to fall apart. Over the years as her family grew, Tricia met two strong, dynamic women, both survivors of their own life challenges, whose wonderful friendships and unconditional maternal love and strength guide her to trust in life.
But tragedy strikes Tricia’s family again, shaking her faith in life once more. It was during this time of suffering and loneliness that she found an unexpected respite in nature, in the form of a beautiful pine tree Tricia named Martha. This rare bond inspires Tricia who literally talks to Martha daily as she heals the hurt in her heart. Tricia learns to listen to her inner voice, and heals herself by finding her source of courage and strength is within her.
"Unforgettable! A rare new storyteller is here to stay."
– Gail Gonzales, Publisher, Adjunct professor, NYU School of Professional Studies
"With riveting power and energy, Tricia LaVoice demands and finds authentic answers in her own backyard."
– Nancy Moonves, Producer, American Actress
"LaVoice finds healing and salvation in the most charming possible form. A story rich in imagery that follows a path of letting go, forgiving and accepting."
– Holly Holmberg Brooks, Producer, Writer
"With heartbreak and hilarity colliding on every page, an explosion of a book asking the 'perennial' question WHY, that only Mother Nature could dare answer. A resounding new voice of transformative power and wisdom. I give it 5 stars."
– Carlene Watkins Weinberger, American Actress
"Dear Martha, WTF? is a story about the healing powers of friendship and aloneness in women's lives. It is a moving, insightful memoir that has the power to make readers laugh, cry, think, and change. Tricia's quirky observations permeate the book with a voice that is as hilarious as revealing. Reading this memoir is truly like journeying through life's ups and downs with your own best friend."
– Jennifer L. Holder, writer and founder of Full Bloom Publications
"Captivating from start to finish, an unflinching true tale that is both provocative and poignant. A true pleasure to read."
– Elizabeth Cash, Manhasset Book Club
"Tricia LaVoice is a soulful woman, frank and unfiltered in a really good way. Her conversations with Martha take on grief, love, the challenges of yoga, motherhood, her humorous philosophies about sex in a marriage, and other trials and tribulations of life. Her journey is one of fulfillment."
– Debra Brancato, LCSW
"Loss in all forms is an overwhelming and unpredictable journey. Author Tricia LaVoice's candor in sharing her experience is both heartbreaking and healing."
– Margaret McSweeney, author of Aftermath: Growing in Grace through Grief
"A must-read! Dear Martha, WTF? will touch many people's lives as everyone has a personal story of love and loss. Through sharing her unique experience, Tricia LaVoice demonstrates we have a choice in this hopeful, humorous read."
– Pam King, Founder of Tyler's Warmth
"Disarmingly quirky, funny, and honest. LaVoice moves back and forth through the timeline of her grief. After the Connecticut move, the prose is particularly poignant: 'only my own voice accompanied me on those walks, and the panic rot in my stomach, which was a reminder of everyone who was gone forever.' Gradually, the author begins to focus on nature's ability to adapt to the changing seasons, and she effectively tells of how she used this understanding to build her own mechanisms for coping with grief—more acceptance, less denial. She also tells of how yoga added to her strength by making her focus more on concentration and less on meditation. A touching and ultimately uplifting portrait of loss and self-discovery."