“From This Moment On” by Shania Twain {Book Review} #2012readingchallenge


From This Moment OnFrom This Moment On by Shania Twain My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Who knew that this woman who once lived so far out in the bush in Canada and had such an impoverished childhood that food and running water was a luxury would grow up to be one of the top selling music artists of all time? I found her childhood story fascinating and not at all what I expected. She overcame a tremendous amount of adversity to get to where she is today. I couldn’t imagine how she felt when she was thrust into the role of parent to her siblings in her early 20s due to the tragic passing of her parents. She took on her new role as breadwinner to her smaller siblings and was still able to reach her high goals she set for herself.

My only issues with this book are that she seems to me to misdirect her negative feelings in certain situations in life. Her father used to beat her mother to a bloody pulp and Shania seems to think it is because her parents loved each other too much or something. Also, her dad is a big time pervert (feeling her up on at least one occasion and calling her sexually explicit names in another – all of this while she was supposed to be sleeping and defenseless) and Shania pushes that off as perhaps he was sleepwalking or something. Maybe this is the reason why, years later, she blames her then-husband (Mutt Lange) about 0% and his mistress (her ex-BFF, Marie-Anne) about 100% for their affair. It takes two to tango. Yes, Marie-Anne is a nasty homewrecker, but Mutt is a lousy pig of a husband, too.

Shania stated in the beginning of the book that she was writing the book so that her son would have an accurate picture of her life, should she pass away early like her parents, instead of reading about her via tabloids. This could be the reason for much of the sugarcoating.

Although Shania seems to me to be in quite a bit of denial about how the world works and those that are evil in it, she can sure make some awesome music that is easy to relate to. I will say that I found her book to be really good, especially if you can get past the denial bits (which are really only a small minority in the book). I thought her book was kind of like reading a Laura Ingalls Wilder book – with all the simplicity and pioneering ways of the bush and the humble existence that she and her family led.

The book is over 400 pages long and I don’t think it was full of filler fluff, except for maybe a small portion at the end. For the most part, I found this book to be a real page turner. I would recommend this book to anyone who had a poor or abusive childhood, as they could easily relate and, of course, to anyone who is a fan of both Shania Twain and autobiographies.

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2012 Reading Challenge

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Dawn is a full time travel and lifestyle blogger. Besides Cheap Is The New Classy, she also owns and writes for EatPlayRock.com, an entertainment site. Her interests include traveling, home decor, DIY projects, organizing her home and enjoying a nice cup of coffee {or two}. She currently resides in North Carolina with her dog, Daisy.


  1. It breaks my heart each time I read about child abuse! Children are so vulnerable! It takes a lot of courage and determination to overcome these feelings. I am a fan of Shania: she had to take care of her siblings and work at a very young age! I would definitely read this book. Thanks for the review

  2. Very interesting review. I didn’t know a lot of those things about her, I have never and would never forgive my abuser.

  3. I didn’t know she had such a difficult childhood. I wonder if her denial about how bad her dad behaved is due to Stockholm syndrome type thinking. Very interesting!

    • That is exactly what it sounded like, Darcy. She even helped her mom escape one time, but her mom went back eventually, as did Shania. It was really sad. Shania’s dad was also abusive to the children, but Shania never really refers to it as abuse. But what would you call being whipped with an extension cord until you had whelps?

      She only knew about her husband’s affair when she was informed by someone else. That makes me wonder how long the affair had been going on, and with how many people. Poor Shania.


  4. I had no idea what she went through. This is a great review. I am a huge Shania Twain fan. Thank you for letting me know about this book!

  5. Some stupid people are just horrible and don’t understand (care) how they screwing up others. I am glad you enjoyed the book

    • It was Mutt’s 3rd marriage, to boot. If what I read online was correct, he cheated on at least one of his other wives, too. Sounds like a real prize. *rolls eyes*


  6. Great review! I’ve been wanting to read the book ever since my daughter & I watched her series on television. It’s terrible to think what she went through but I agree with you. I think she’s definitely in denial about the situations. Sad.

    • Thanks! I saw some of that series, but I didn’t know about it until it was about halfway over. I am glad she ended up finding happiness again, though. 🙂


  7. I like reading personal stories and memoirs. I don’t know much about Shania and haven’t heard about her in a while. Thanks for sharing your review. It sounds like a good book.

  8. Wow, that is quite interesting. I didn’t know she had a book. I think I would be bothered by her denial bits, but the rest of the story sounds really interesting!