Madeleine O’Dell-Conui Emblazons the Efficacy of Love and Family in New Book

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‘How We Met (A Journey of Little Miracles)’ is an emotionally riveting story about a woman’s family history and how she survived the tough tides of living abroad.

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Heartwarming and deeply meaningful, “How We Met (A Journey of Little Miracles)” chronicles author Madeleine O’Dell-Conui’s life and her family’s history. She is a true blue Filipina who migrated with her family in the United States. This book showcases Madeleine’s true roots and highlights her father’s family history as well as how the name O’Dell came to be.

“How We Met (A Journey of Little Miracles)” is a tale of romance, of hardships and struggles, a story of a journey into life, the many people Madeleine met along the way who helped and inspired her and likewise the many heartaches she endured, the love of family, the trust on the Omnipotent, and the amazing events she call miracle that shaped the person she is evolving into and sharing values to her children.

When Madeleine first came to America in 1967, one of her dreams was to locate her O'Dell relatives from her grandfather's side. Her dad and her aunt Nancy always extol their dad with such affection that she always wish she has known him. The first few years in the US was a struggle of daily living, raising four children and working full time. Her dreams of connecting with them faded into oblivion. In 2012, however, a premed student from the Ateneo de Manila connected everyone through Facebook with an O'Dell surname with his research into the O'Dell family through Wikipedia. Charles Wallis O'Dell is a 6th generation O'Dell and it took another Wallis in the family to uncover the family history.

“How We Met (A Journey of Little Miracles)” is a story that chronicles life with excitement and deep sorrow blending with the changing winds of life, with as many colors of the rainbow, sometimes ocean filled with tears, sometimes a place of laughter, or a feeling of serenity on hearing Sunday sermons. Readers from all walks of life will definitely be touched of how this book values the importance of family and kinship. It highlights that having a family is one of the greatest treasures one can ever have.

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About the Author
Madeleine O’Dell-Conui was born in Lake Mainit, Surigao, Philippines, on June 30, 1941, to Cristita Benedicto Base and Manuel Galvez O’Dell. After her elementary and high school, she enrolled in St. Paul School of Nursing, Iloilo City, and passed the Philippine board the same year. On November 29, 1964, she got married to Jules Enriquez Conui of Ormoc City, Philippines. The family immigrated to the US on October 2, 1967, and she pursued her studies at the University of Notre Dame, Belmont, Calif. with BS behavioral sciences and a Masters in public administration. She resides in San Francisco, Calif. She has four married children, all living in the Bay Area. She is blessed with the treasures of her life, her nine grandchildren. She travels with family and friends and is active in her parish church.

How We Met (A Journey of Little Miracles)* by Madeleine O’Dell-Conui
Madeleine O’Dell-Conui as told to Sir Jaymes
Publication Date: April 4, 2014
Trade Paperback; $15.99; 152 pages; 978-1-4931-0145-0
Trade Hardback; $22.99; 152 pages; 978-1-4931-0146-7
e-book; $3.99; 978-1-4931-0147-4

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