Pieces of Me: Rescuing My Kidnapped Daughters

Pieces of Me: Rescuing My Kidnapped Daughters

by Lizbeth Meredith


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In 1994, Lizbeth Meredith said good-bye to her four- and six year-old daughters for a visit with their non-custodial father only to learn days later that they had been kidnapped and taken to their father's home country of Greece.

Twenty-nine and just on the verge of making her dreams of financial independence for her and her daughters come true, Lizbeth now faced a $100,000 problem on a $10 an hour budget. For the next two years fueled by memories of her own childhood kidnapping, Lizbeth traded in her small life for a life more public, traveling to the White House and Greece, and becoming a local media sensation in order to garner interest in her efforts. The generous community of Anchorage becomes Lizbeth's makeshift family?one that is replicated by a growing number of Greeks and expats overseas who help Lizbeth navigate the turbulent path leading back to her daughters.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781631528347
Publisher: She Writes Press
Publication date: 09/20/2016
Pages: 312
Sales rank: 1,205,173
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Lizbeth Meredith is a writer with a bachelor's degree in journalism and a master's degree in psychology. She has worked as a domestic violence advocate and a child abuse investigator, and with at-risk teens as a juvenile probation supervisor. She blogs at www.lameredith.com, is a contributor to A Girls' Guide To Travelling Alone by Gemma Thompson, and is the author of When Push Comes to Shove: How to Help When Someone You Love Is Being Abused. She lives in Anchorage, Alaska near her two adult daughters.

Table of Contents

Prologue: Aftermath ix

1 Last Visit 1

2 Kidnapping 10

3 Finding Help 24

4 Helping the Help 41

5 Reduced Expectation 53

6 Roots 63

7 The Babies Come 72

8 Breathless 76

9 New Beginning 81

10 Support Trickles In 86

11 Partners in Suffering 95

12 Strike One 107

13 A Year Goes By 125

14 Almost Doesn't Count 142

15 Regroup 166

16 Goodbye Martydom 181

17 Found 199

18 Reunion and Arrest 205

19 Limbo 227

20 The Court Drama 241

21 The Waiting Game 252

22 The Ruling and Plan B 262

23 Back in Alaska 277

24 Epilogue 289

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Pieces of Me: Rescuing My Kidnapped Daughters 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This story just grabbed me by the gut. Being a mom of young children...I couldn't help but to read every word of Lizbeth's story and internalize it. This memoir is fast-paced, and inspiring! It is an amazing testament of having true grit, a mother's love, and the endurance to get through all the red tape and road blocks when dealing with international abduction as a single mother.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Liz Meredith did an excellent job of writing her story about the kidnapping of her daughters by their Greek father. The pain, the trauma, and the frustration were so well captured that I felt like I was Liz, experiencing all of her emotions. I highly recommend this book and especially to those going through a similar situation so they may see what strength and determination can accomplish in the face of bureaucratic setbacks.
Holly More than 1 year ago
Pieces Of Me is the story of a woman who had to go rescue her kidnapped daughters from her estranged ex-husband. Lizbeth Meredith grew up in a bad home and once grown, she thought she was marrying the right man but soon discovered that was far from what she ever wished for. In 1994, she said good-bye to her four and six year old daughters when they left for a weekend with their father only to have them be kidnapped by her ex and taken to Greece. It takes nearly two years for Lizbeth to get her daughters back to the states with lessons learned and discovering what it truly means to be a family once again. This book is amazing in the sense of what Lizbeth had to go through during her childhood and the fight to get her girls back. I read this book in two days and when I wasn't reading it, it had me thinking about the theme of this book and why are the laws so loose when a parent takes their own child. In my mind, if you break a custody agreement and take the child or children outside the country, you should be made into a outlaw and be brought to justice instead of what Lizbeth had to go through. It was interesting to see in the end, how all three of them coped when everything was over with and how the girls adjusted to being back home. Thank You to Lizbeth Meredith for sharing your story!! I received this book from the BookSparks : The Magic Of Memoir Blog Tour in exchange for a honest review.