Ms. Browne seems to attract both ardent fans and harsh critics, and so I suspect this space will be filled with reviews from both soon. I'm neither, so I'll try and just review the book, instead of her. My bottom-line opinion of this memoir is in my review title - I think it's a good read, whether you are a fan of Ms. Browne's or not, although I would personally have liked a little more personal sharing, and fewer case overviews.
I am very interested in both the intuitive arts and spiritual memoir, especially women's memoirs, and I review both types of books regularly, so this one seemed a natural fit. However, I have only read one other of Ms. Browne's books, Secrets & Mysteries of the World, which was great fun, although nothing particularly new. Since I am not very familiar with her other books, I can't comment on how much material here is actually new. Coming to it without much prior background on her, I found it a compelling story of a women who has lived multiple lives within this one, recreating her self often as her situation demanded it.
The first three chapters of this book were actually my favorite, when she describes her childhood and troubled first marriage. She discusses how she discovered her psychic gifts and how she learned to deal with them in a challenging family environment, as well as within a Catholic school. On a personal level she at first just wanted a 'normal' life, and this led her to a bad first marriage, which she struggled within for many years before finally calling it quits.
After this she devotes quite a bit of time to various cases she worked on as her psychic practice grew, particularly stories of ghosts that she communicated with. Although entertaining, I thought these middle chapters got a bit long, and the personal voice and connection with the reader got lost. She raised her children during this period of her life, but she doesn't discuss motherhood much, or how (or if) being psychic influenced her parenting, which I was personally hoping she would do.
She also doesn't address most of the criticism often levied at her, particularly related to cases she is accused of botching. She does make it clear that she is not omniscient, that her psychic gifts are not infallible, and that she is not particularly clairvoyant about events in her own life. She also does briefly discuss the fraud charges that were levied against both her and her second husband.
Overall, I found the book a bit careful, the closer it got to current events especially. She seemed reticent to share too much, and I was often left with the feeling there was 'more to the story'. Still, there are many fascinating tales in here for anyone interested in spirit communication, ghosts, and psychic abilities in general. And there is no question Ms. Browne is a strong women, and one who has risen from the ashes multiple times. Her strong personality and roller-coaster life made it a compelling read despite the disappointments, in my view, and so I went with four stars.