With New Eyes

With New Eyes


Heidi Siefkas lost her health, her career, and her marriage after she was struck by a one-thousand-pound tree branch. While she made great strides in her physical and emotional recovery in the months that followed—an arduous process that she chronicled in “When All Balls Drop” —Heidi wasn't content to merely survive her setbacks. The time was right to build a new life. One she could live on her own terms.

But what would a redesigned life look like? In her quest for answers, Heidi returned to her childhood home in Wisconsin, dove into the South Florida dating scene, revisited old flames in New England, sold her first home, jumped out of a plane, and traveled alone to South America. Every leg of her journey provided a healthy dose of perspective.

With New Eyes is full of mishaps and bold decisions, all seasoned with sassy humor. Through her signature down-to-earth vignettes, Heidi inspires you to conquer your fears, head for adventure, and become the captain of your own ship.  (Summary and cover courtesy of goodreads.com)

Please note: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review courtesy of Sage’s Blog Tours.


This was a book that I certainly enjoyed more than I anticipated.  Heidi is a solid writer and a lot of her stories made me chuckle.  The reason the book didn’t get a higher review is that I felt more like it was an extended coffee date with a friend rather than a book.  At the end of each chapter and story I was looking for the “so what?”  Not to say that the story wasn’t good, I just didn’t see the cohesive theme or structure I would expect in a full length memoir. 

That being said, it was an enjoyable coffee date and I don’t begrudge the time I took to read the memoir.  It was interesting to see how things progressed and definitely to hear about her travels.  I’m a sucker for travel memoirs so I was intrigued by her trip at the end!

Rating: 3 stars!

Who should read it? Folks going through a rough patch looking for an example of how things can turn around.