Feedback from Carmella’s Quest Readers

Carmella’s Quest  is a very good story, and I’ve loved reading it! It is especially appealing, in a spiritual sense, as a sort of inspirational, overcoming-a-challenge story. I hope that you will get a lot of exposure for the book. 🙂 -Karen Shaner,  manuscript designer and editor.  Currently Editorial Assistant at O’Reilly & Associates, Boston  MA


Your book isn’t about being blind; it’s about being human, and it’s a lovely, affecting story about individual courage and triumph. I liked it especially because the narrator was strongly self-reliant. -Bob Lamb, Publisher, Red Letter Press Columbia SC


Broome tells the whole story, warts and all as if she is talking with a new “best friend”… “Carmella’s Quest” is like a diary, rehashing, remembering, rehearsing and retelling of starting a whole new life… It is about lessons, loves and lives that helped the young girl become a young woman… The reader will get a new, first-hand look at how limitations are not limiting to someone willing to keep on keeping on. “Carmella’s Quest” could easily be titled, “Carmella’s Success”. Truly, it is a book worth reading for instruction or inspiration.” -Bill West,  Lexington Chronicle, Lexington SC


,,Few of us would be willing to accept what life throws at us sight unseen. However author Carmella Broome does that on a daily basis and has written a delightful book about her experience entering college blind. Literally that is. This book is not just for blind people but anyone who has struggled with
finding the balance between independence and relying on family or friends. It is well written with a light and hopeful tone. Sight unseen is a metaphor for more than  blindness but for accepting who we are and what life has in store for us while making the most of  what we have. -John A Riolo PhD,  Clinical Social Worker and Professor, Insider Podcast Series


Hi Carmella, The book was great and I loved it!  It is well written, flows, is genuine, sincere, warm, down to earth and easy to read.  When I started reading it, I didn’t want to stop.  It really kept my attention.  As I was reading, I felt as if I were going through the year with you. As a Christian, communication of your faith and trust in God was especially meaningful.  This could very well be an inspiration to others. The book is certainly relevant to college students and their families today.  It is realistic. It should also spread the word that blindness isn’t a tragedy and help to dispel myths and stereotypes about blindness. Great job! -Mary Ann Rojec, friend and colleague from Michigan. Clinical social worker


–         I read your book in 3 sittings… it was so fun getting to “know” you better! There were times when I was laughing out loud! There were times when I was so angry at those who treated you as inferior. You really have a way with words– you captured me! Thanks for sharing your life! I’m sure it will touch so many! -Monica Fields, RN, Columbia SC


I read your book during snitches of my spare time this past week! (Putting it down was an exercise in spiritual discipline!) I truly enjoyed it, and I like the way you balanced out portraying your personhood and explaining how blindness impacted your life as a college student. Carmella’s Quest demonstrates that this challenge can be met successfully. For other people with visual impairments, the book is a message of hope and solidarity. For people who have normal sight, the book provides a glimpse into the everyday life of a college freshman who happens to manage life using a few different techniques. It is a page-turner and sure to encourage readers to persevere through their own quests. I hope this is not the last of your personal writings! -Sarah J Blake, MDiv, Minister with the Church of God, Anderson IN


Truly, it was a good story. It flowed right along. I like the characters. The story was one that moved along on several levels- blindness was one, but there was relationships between young adults, there was the beginnings of separation between a child and her family. And I liked it. ( -Robert Leslie Newman,  President of the Writers Division of the National Federation  of the Blind and  Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor


Congratulations on getting this published. You do a nice job of recounting your first year of college. I thought it was a good book and think people can learn a lot from it. It reminded me a little of my college days, although the issues were a bit different, since I am totally blind. One of the things I especially appreciated about the book is the way you deal with the issues of low vision and figuring out when you want to have the “blind” identity and when not. Lots of people don’t deal with this aspect when they write these first-person accounts. I plan to send out an email to the disability services providers listserv mentioning I’ve read the book and folks may find it helpful to get a better understanding of challenges which may be faced by some of their blind or low vision students. This listserv has about two thousand members, I believe. Hopefully, that will help get the word out. I hope you continue to write and congratulations on your first book. -Kathy McGillivray, Director of Disability Services at Hamline University


I started reading your book and love it! I am learning more about you and you write beautifully. I am captured by it. Nice work! -Angie Hall, friend and colleague, Counselor at Palmetto Health Baptist, Columbia SC 


I read every word of your book – which is beautifully written. (You’re right that it’s an easy and wholesome read – and you have every right to be proud of it.)While my ‘challenge’ in no way compared to you, I did feel ‘different’ in college. I was married, working full-time while taking  12 hours), as well as doing all the things expected of wives in the 50’s. I think the thing that surprised me most about your book was that despite the fact that your limited sight was a significant aspect of your experience, it did not ‘dominate.’ The story was about a young woman’s college experience (with studies, guys, social life, etc.) – who just ‘happened’ to also have a vision problem. Carmella, you did an absolutely wonderful job, and I’m sure many people will enjoy and benefit from this book – as well as from your excellent work as a counselor. -Peggy Vaughan, Nationally Known Author and Speaker


I read your book twice and enjoyed it very much.  Since I have heard your voice on cassette, I feel like I know you already. Your book was very candid about blindness and the situations we face.  Although I attended college from 1967 -72, I had similar situations.   I know you have and will receive other positive comments from other readers both blind and sighted. -Toni Lechowicz, writer for Dialogue Magazine


I started reading your book last night, and I could not put it down. If I did not have classes to attend today, I would still be reading it. I downloaded your book from bookshare. I cannot thank you enough for writing your book. I wanted to thank you for writing Carmella’s Quest, because I feel like there is someone else with whom I am able to identify on many levels. You make me feel like its all right to experience the highs and lows of blindness, and to release the emotional responses that come with them. I will be recommending your book to my friends who are blind. -College Student Colby Garrison


Dear Carmella, We went to North Greenville together. I just want you to know that your story was so powerful. I read your book soon after it was published, and I am so glad that you are open to sharing your experience with others! I hope you understand that your journey to live life will be inspirational to many people! Thank you so much for sharing your experience with the world!!! It has made a difference. -Sarah,  fellow  former student at North Greenville College 


You write very eloquently. it is also an easy read with good flow. -Doug Carole,  Christian Youth and Young Adult  Mentor at Gilbert Life Church, Gilbert SC


Carmella’s charming book recounts her experiences as an NGC freshman. I would recommend “Carmella’s Quest” both to students with disabilities preparing to attend college, as well as their parents and others interested in supporting them in their college quests.  Her honest recounting of the triumphs and frustrations of her freshman year will support those preparing to take the college plunge. -Peter Altschul, Secretary of the Friends in Art division of the American Council of the Blind


I enjoyed the book. I just wanted to let you know that it was good. You should be proud of yourself. –Crystal Boyd, my  only and favorite sister, Aiken SC


Hey Hon, Well, I just finished your book. There are so many things to say to you about your abilities at writing and your ability to relay things from mind to paper. I am so proud of you, This pride does not come from the fact that you have written what I believe to be an excellent book. The content is the truly remarkable thing and the content is all you. I love you—Dad. –My favorite and only Dad, Roy Broome, Lincolnton GA


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