Miss Fortune


MEMOIR:  "Who would think that my inability to pronounce the letter "R" would turn my life upside down and lead me from Ukraine to South Africa?"  So begins Albina Hume's memoir, cleverly titled "Miss Fortune". 


From an early age Albina dreamed of seeing the world.  She excelled in her studies and became an accountant, but had trouble finding a job after graduation. Her dreams were by no means dashed by her circumstances, and "Miss Fortune" is a testament to the power of overcoming your own personal obstacles.


This story proves that the people one meets, by chance or design, have the power to impact life’s direction. A feeling of adversity permeates as the reader meets individuals in post-Soviet Ukraine, Bulgaria, Greece, and Spain. Violence, corruption, and exotic dancing play a part. One pivotal point in her life is an incident of rape; described, but not in excruciating detail. After reading the prologue, one may find the story’s beginning sluggish. The reader, although told of events, may have trouble forming a mental picture; making it difficult to get involved with the story on an emotional level, though certain scenes prove the exception. The initial question - how does one get from Ukraine to South Africa in pursuit of love - keeps one turning pages.


Albina is a resilient, resourceful, goal oriented individual who has written a no-holds-barred account of her complicated path to a happy ending.


Heather R. Nielsen