In a fictional account of Ellen's coming out, her mother might have offered to bake a cake and have a party, but in the real world, Betty walked along side her daughter in a moment of stunned silence. When she saw the tears in Ellen's eyes she reacted as any mother should, and she comforted her while proclaiming her love for her daughter. Then she questioned weather Ellen was perhaps mistaken. It took quite a bit of time and patience on both sides for Betty to reach full acceptance, but through the journey their relationship remained consistent, and ultimately Betty has become a loud voice for The Human Rights Campaign's Coming Out Project.
This book tells Ellen's story, but more specifically it tells Betty's story, and I think that was her point in writing it. She had her own difficulties with marriages and pinned many dreams on her children. Love, Ellen: A Mother/Daughter Journey follows Betty's life and shows us how to accept a different path when it is presented to us. It is a well written book for the most part, although it did drag just a bit as I read the last half. The reader gets a bit of insight into Ellen but even more insight into her mother, and I am sure that was Betty's intention in writing it.
Publisher - It Books
Date of Publication - May 28, 2013