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Prison Of My Own
A True Story of Redemption
& Forgiveness


At first it didn’t seem like my kind of book. For the past three years, as founder of the Get Ready For Love! Radio Show, I’ve spent all my time reading about love. Self love, relationship love, spiritual love, familial love, physical love, how to love …

 It didn’t seem like my kind of a love story. I interviewed couples who met on a roof top, during a blizzard, in a hurricane, in a tall club, on the underwater hockey team, at dog beach, in a 12 Step meeting, in their office on the day the room turned pink …  

The heroine of Prison Of My Own was happily married for thirteen years, had two children and a perfect marriage. Then one day her husband murdered his nineteen year old mistress. Oops. 

This is not a “who dunnit.” Within the first eleven pages you know he did it. Heck, just read the back cover and you know he did it! So why did I devour Diane Nichol’s true story about her Titanic relationship? Her subtitle hooked me. It reads “A True Story Of Redemption & Forgiveness.”

Mind boggling! I could not for an instant imagine how she could forgive him. Can you? I squirmed just thinking about it. Then, I had to know. Even more I had to understand the hows, the whys, and the whats.  

The Hows. How could she not have known he was having an affair?  How did she find out? How did he redeem himself? The Whys. Why was he having an affair? Why did he kill his mistress? Why did she forgive him? The Whats. What about their kids? What’s next for her? Can this marriage be saved? Should it?

 Ms. Nichol’s book is far from depressing. It is a surprising, inspiring and courageous work in progress, just like her life. I snuggled up to it every night for a week. I cried with her, rooted for her, for them. I bite my nails, dared to hope and cried some more. I grew to love her husband, John. I hoped she would too and cheered when they remarried. 

Diane and John are an awesome couple. They didn’t meet on the beach or through friends or on an internet dating site. They met in prison. The love story I didn’t want to read covered it all - self love, relationship love, spiritual love, familial love, physical love, how to love …  

Prison Of My Own is an awakening. It is an intimate journey that just gets better and better. It will leave you, as it did me, waiting for a sequel. And, hoping Diane will share that with us too.


And, when you are done, do pass it on to a friend …



Viveca Stone-Berry is the founder of Get Ready For Love! Radio; Co-Author of
What A Dog Loves!
and Producer of The Fatigue Be Gone! Recovery Guide Series. 


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