Even If Your Heart Would Listen: Losing My Daughter to Heroin

Even If Your Heart Would Listen: Losing My Daughter to Heroin

In January 2014, Elise Schiller’s youngest child, thirty-three-year-old Giana Natali, died of a heroin overdose while a resident in a treatment program in Boulder County, Colorado. Even if Your Heart Would Listen is about Giana’s life, which was full of accomplishments, and her mental illness, addiction, and death. Using excerpts from the journals, planners, and letters Gi...

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Title:Even If Your Heart Would Listen: Losing My Daughter to Heroin
Author:Elise Schiller
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Even If Your Heart Would Listen: Losing My Daughter to Heroin Reviews

  • Carole

    This book was a heartbreaking memoir of a young woman I never met, written by her mother, who is a woman of my age. I am not sure if I can be unbiased as a reader, because I knew our author Elise more than 50 years ago (and have not been in contact for all of those years) -- but for me this book was an honest and compelling read. Elise is a wonderful writer, and I look forward to reading her new series. As for this book, I can relate to everything written by Elise and her struggle to help her be

    This book was a heartbreaking memoir of a young woman I never met, written by her mother, who is a woman of my age. I am not sure if I can be unbiased as a reader, because I knew our author Elise more than 50 years ago (and have not been in contact for all of those years) -- but for me this book was an honest and compelling read. Elise is a wonderful writer, and I look forward to reading her new series. As for this book, I can relate to everything written by Elise and her struggle to help her beloved child, and also relate to the problems and unmanageability experienced by Gianna that ultimately led to her tragic loss. On a general topical note: The details in here about the lack of effective treatment or science behind treating mental illness, substance abuse, addiction, anorexia is always shocking and never seems to improve but only to get worse as most of these programs as they arise are driven by someone's greed. Our jails and prisons are full of addicts and the mentally ill -- those are for the people who don't know how to game the system or who can't afford to pay to get ripped off by these alleged 'treatment centers'.

  • BrittsBookClub

    Even If Your Heart Would Listen: Losing My Daughter to Heroin, written by Elise Schiller, is the true story told by a mother who lost her daughter to heroin. Elise Schiller dives into the opioid epidemic that is plaguing our nation and the issues that she and her daughter experienced with various rehabilitation facilities. It’s such a personal and heartbreaking story that helps open our eyes to the many problems in the substance abuse treatment facilities and ways in which they can improve.

    This

    Even If Your Heart Would Listen: Losing My Daughter to Heroin, written by Elise Schiller, is the true story told by a mother who lost her daughter to heroin. Elise Schiller dives into the opioid epidemic that is plaguing our nation and the issues that she and her daughter experienced with various rehabilitation facilities. It’s such a personal and heartbreaking story that helps open our eyes to the many problems in the substance abuse treatment facilities and ways in which they can improve.

    This was such a fast read for me and I found myself breaking over Giana’s struggle with her addiction. My family has a personal history with addiction and I couldn’t help but relate to some of the things that Giana, Elise, and their family went through and experienced. I thought this book was great and a very eye-opening read about the opioid crisis in America.

    For me, this book deserves five out of five stars. Elise Schiller tells us her experiences and even though I might not agree one hundred percent with every idea or thought expressed in those pages, this is her story to tell and her opinions to share. Don’t get me wrong, I did agreed with most of what she was saying and thought she did a great job of describing addiction as a chronic illness that deserves to be treated as such. It is clear that she did her research before writing this story and I think her use of excerpts and medical documents from her daughter’s various treatment facilities brought more credibility to their story.

    I would recommend this book to anyone who has dealt with addiction or knows someone who has dealt with addiction in any way, shape, or form. It will open your eyes to so many things about addiction and the recovery process. I am almost positive you will learn something new or change the way you view things after reading this book, I know I did.

    Thank you Elise Schiller for giving us such a personal and captivating story.

    Thank you to SparkPress, BookSparks, and Elise Schiller for a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

  • Renee

    Very interesting and touching book, it's hard to put down once you start. I highly recommend it.

  • Grace

    This book was incredible! So genuine and raw and heartrending all at the same time. The book details a mother’s perspective as her daughter, Giana, grows up— from being a champion swimmer to falling into addiction.

    The are two parts of this book— recounting Giana’s life and the series of challenges she faces, and the problems of today’s substance abuse treatment programs. The book discusses how different Giana’s recovery may have been had the treatment programs been better run and managed than i

    This book was incredible! So genuine and raw and heartrending all at the same time. The book details a mother’s perspective as her daughter, Giana, grows up— from being a champion swimmer to falling into addiction.

    The are two parts of this book— recounting Giana’s life and the series of challenges she faces, and the problems of today’s substance abuse treatment programs. The book discusses how different Giana’s recovery may have been had the treatment programs been better run and managed than it was.

    A powerful read, and an incredible memoir.

  • Stefanie

    Even if Your Heart Would Listen is the memoir of a grieving mother who lost her daughter to heroin.

    I’m not one to ‘judge’ memoirs like this one in the sense you judge other books, because it’s someone’s personal story. The content is filled with the highs and lows of someone’s life and who are we judge another’s life.

    So, in my rating of this book it is the pure sense of what this story means to the world and the fact that it was someone’s life. Someone’s precious life and

    Even if Your Heart Would Listen is the memoir of a grieving mother who lost her daughter to heroin.

    I’m not one to ‘judge’ memoirs like this one in the sense you judge other books, because it’s someone’s personal story. The content is filled with the highs and lows of someone’s life and who are we judge another’s life.

    So, in my rating of this book it is the pure sense of what this story means to the world and the fact that it was someone’s life. Someone’s precious life and everyone should be a five star rating.

    This book was heart-breaking. The opioid addiction in this country is raging on such a high level and the system is so broken, as expressed in this book over and over again. The people that struggle with addiction are not evil. They are not criminals and they don’t have a malicious intent. They are struggling just as we all struggle. Addiction is a disease and that’s something I strongly believe. Elise shared her daughter’s struggle from her birth up until her death and all of the in betweens. Her struggles with eating disorders, mental health disorders, and in the end drug addiction. It’s a book filled with excerpts from professional journals, as well as her daughter’s journal. It is packed full of facts and information and the major pot holes in the system and where improvement is desperately needed.

    I highly recommend reading this book, regardless if you or someone you know has struggled with addiction. It is eye-opening!

    Thank you Elise for sharing your story!

  • Quirky Mom Books

    Elise writes Giana's story so beautifully, thoughtfully and informative. I personally have family members struggling through similar issues with substance abuse and can see where they have fell through the cracks. One in particular has looked into treatment facilities and is having a difficult time finding somewhere to go that doesn't cost a fortunate that they do not have. I pray our society wises up and provides more help and funding in this particular area before more and more people fall vic

    Elise writes Giana's story so beautifully, thoughtfully and informative. I personally have family members struggling through similar issues with substance abuse and can see where they have fell through the cracks. One in particular has looked into treatment facilities and is having a difficult time finding somewhere to go that doesn't cost a fortunate that they do not have. I pray our society wises up and provides more help and funding in this particular area before more and more people fall victim.

  • Angela

    I received an advance copy to review for a pop-up tour courtesy of SparkPress.

    I struggled reading this book. Not only is this a heartbreaking story, but I found myself relating to Giana in many ways and also Elise in others. This story is not to be taken lightly or brushed aside. This is a mother’s pain; a daughters struggle from a parents point of view. No parent should ever wake up to a phone call that their baby is gone. Let alone gone because of an addiction to drugs.

    I received an advance copy to review for a pop-up tour courtesy of SparkPress.

    I struggled reading this book. Not only is this a heartbreaking story, but I found myself relating to Giana in many ways and also Elise in others. This story is not to be taken lightly or brushed aside. This is a mother’s pain; a daughters struggle from a parents point of view. No parent should ever wake up to a phone call that their baby is gone. Let alone gone because of an addiction to drugs.

    Elise Schiller not only gives us her and Giana’s story, she also brings awareness to how broken the road to recovery is. Addiction is a disease and shouldn’t be treated as a ‘one size does fits all’ solution.

    Whether you know someone struggling from addiction, or you are yourself, I highly recommend everyone to read this book. It is very eye opening to the world of addiction.

  • Jessica (booksterjess)

    Thank you BookSparks who gifted me a copy of this to review. Even If Your Heart Would Listen is an intimate and vulnerable look at the effect opioid addiction can have on a person and their family. I would wholeheartedly recommend this memoir to anyone whose life has been impacted by addiction or mental illness. And if you're lucky enough to have not experienced it, this book provides great insight into what it's like.

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  • brettlikesbooks

    big thanks to @booksparks for sending me this copy of:

    EVEN IF YOUR HEART WOULD LISTEN by elise schiller (memoir) a mother’s account of her daughter’s addiction, replete with ‘what ifs’ and aching loss + coupled with outrage at the nation’s opioid epidemic and its wholly inadequate approach to treatment + as a person who knows people whose lives have been ravaged by addiction (sadly, don’t we all?) and especially as a mother, this was enraging and devastating

    “On her side was a new t

    big thanks to @booksparks for sending me this copy of:

    EVEN IF YOUR HEART WOULD LISTEN by elise schiller (memoir) a mother’s account of her daughter’s addiction, replete with ‘what ifs’ and aching loss + coupled with outrage at the nation’s opioid epidemic and its wholly inadequate approach to treatment + as a person who knows people whose lives have been ravaged by addiction (sadly, don’t we all?) and especially as a mother, this was enraging and devastating

    “On her side was a new tattoo, one I hadn’t seen before...The lyric was: ‘Even if your heart would listen, I doubt I could explain.’ A part of me responded by thinking, what a self-indulgent, adolescent bunch of BS. But not all of me—the words were sad. Giana was sad, isolated. Even if your heart would listen—implying that no one would—I doubt I could explain—meaning that she herself did not understand what was happening to her.”

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