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UNWANTED (Hardback)

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(8 customer reviews)

Linda Smith grew up impoverished, neglected and abused, but knew a great destiny awaited. She had no idea her life would take the turns it would, or deliver her from fear and guilt to triumph and unconditional love. A high school dropout turned model actress, Smith married a popular Canadian entertainer and built a life together traveling across two countries while becoming entrenched in the Las Vegas celebrity community. Linda had achieved a pinnacle she never thought possible—and then it all came crashing down. When Linda gave birth to a Down syndrome baby, she was certain life as they knew it was over, but instead, their son Christopher became a catalyst that catapulted Linda onto even bigger stages. Behind the glitz and glamour of the Strip, she produced charity events and concerts for a cherished disability organization, learning the job of fundraiser among millionaires, mobsters, and city movers-and-shakers. She became one of the nation’s most successful fundraisers, raising over half a billion dollars for disability causes, but her most cherished role was as a mother, seeing Chris exceed all expectations and become a force that changed not just her life, but their entire world.

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  1. Michelle Farino

    Linda is truly an amazing woman and philanthropist. Her story is nothing less than amazing as well! I enjoyed every minute of this beautiful story and reading about the journey of Linda and Christopher.

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  2. Joanne Popowick (verified owner)

    I have to say “I cried, laugh, smiled and was lost “in Linda’s story How it all began for her was so sad,To read how she had Chris was so shocking that a Doctor would tell Parents “he won’t live ” was just heart breaking but Chris fooled them and surpassed what Doctors said, Chris always Touched my heart but he touched my heart more, when I read about him saving a child in teh pool, or his few words he could say and how Linda became what she is today ‘A strong woman who wouldn’t take No for an answer” to read about how the Concert of Love was started to reading about the early years to now, This book was so worth me buying and I hope Linda writes more. I have been to opportunity village many time to the Forrest and to show support and I must say what Linda did for this place to help Disabled young men and women is so special .
    Thank You Linda for a wonderful bookk

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  3. Irene J. (From Amazon.com)

    I am a Book Blogger and Linda’s PR Manager approached me to read and review this book.

    I don’t even know where to begin and end with this review, I guess I will start out by saying that there should be a 10 star option, and this book would certainly get it.

    Linda Smith grew up impoverished, neglected and abused, but knew a great destiny awaited. She had no idea her life would take the turns it would, or deliver her from fear and guilt to triumph and unconditional love.

    I don’t believe in rehashing all of the details of a book, but your mouth will hang open in awe from page 1 until you close the last page.
    I guess the thing that struck me the most was the raw truth that she told thru-out the book. I can’t imagine what it took to admit her many emotional errors as a newborn mother. She lays it out there for the world to judge her.
    This book certainly tells you what it was like ‘back in the day’ for parents of a child with learning difficulties. I was around during that time, worked with children who dealt with learning difficulties, so I can attest to the truth she is telling. The shocking part was the illegal immigrant status part of this book. It certainly brings into light what is going on in today’s news.

    If you are looking for a book that tells you the truth like no other, the craziness of our laws and the crazy beliefs that normal people hold about people with intellectual disabilities. This is the bare all story of one lady’s rough journey thru a multi-tiered nightmare with a definite not taking NO as an answer, than this book is for you.
    The book takes place mostly in Las Vegas, Nevada. Linda gives the inside view of many famous people that all of us will recognize. We hear so much negative stories about the rich and famous, this did my heart good to know that probably 3/4 of what we hear are pretty much lies.

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  4. Gina Yager

    This inspirational story will have you flipping the pages, unable to put it down!! Linda’s memoir is a powerful journey of self-discovery, triumph and love, unforgettable moments and heartfelt courage. I normally read fiction, but this true story is so much better than make-believe – it would be impossible to invent such an amazing story of perseverance!

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  5. Mallory Zito

    This is an amazing story of a mother’s journey and how she persevered through obstacles, while advocating for her son with Down syndrome. She courageously faced the difficulties that life presented and came out on the other side as a fundraising icon who has made a profound impact for people with disabilities and their families. It’s an inspiring story showcasing what love, passion and determination can do.

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  6. Sean P Guthrie (From Amazon.com)

    Linda’s story is one of fear, confusion, frustration, but ultimately an unstoppable will to better the life of her son and people like him. This book goes through the lowest of lows and the highest of highs; from facing unimaginable family dysfunctions, to being one of the most inspirational leaders in the disabilities field. She was wronged and rebuffed so many times, but always stood back up and showed the world who it was messing with. Linda’s influence on the disabled population around Nelson County, Nevada can not be understated. I lived in the area for a number of years, and personally heard her message of love and understanding for this most deserving population, and soon after, with the help of Opportunity Village, I saw the amazing results as more and more developmentally disabled people became accepted and ingrained in the Las Vegas culture. If you are looking for a dramatic page-turner with valuable life lessons throughout, this is the novel for you!

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  7. Hayleigh

    I enjoyed reading Linda’s book. She is an amazing person and an amazing storyteller. I highly recommend this book, I could not put it down!

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  8. Briana

    Linda’s book had me hooked from the beginning. This amazing story of her perseverance in overcoming the trials and tribulations she experienced throughout her life is a great read for everyone wanting to learn more about the obstacles Linda faced while advocating for her son, Christopher, and others with Down syndrome.

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About the Author
Linda Smith is an author, speaker, and non-profit consultant. She is recognized as a fundraising icon within the Las Vegas community and across the globe. After 38 years of leading one of the largest and well-known non-profit organizations, she launched a consulting business in 2016 as a way to connect donors with deserving charities, while providing visionary ideas and various fundraising approaches for non-profits. Inspired by her eldest son, she was led to establish The Christopher Smith Foundation in her son’s name, and author her first book. She lives in Las Vegas, Nevada.