After an eleven year marriage to a man she loved beyond reason, a beautiful son, living at the top of the economic scale, an unexpected brutal and public divorce ends it all. At age fifty, broke, her son living with his dad and stepmother, Pat Montandon, indeed, rises from the ashes and in a mystical revelation finds her true calling. Ethiopian famine camps, Armenia after a devastating earthquake, a life threatening encounter with the Russian Mafia, substantive meetings with twenty-six world leaders and Mother Teresa, the Dali Lama, children from every continent, and working to heal her relationship with her son, are but part of this fascinating story.
What the Reviewers Say
Professional reviewers had these comments to say about the hardcover version:What the Readers Say
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"[Montandon's] book will multiply the number of people ready to devote their lives to the service of high ideals."
International Herald Tribune "Montandon writes movingly about her childhood and adolescence as the daughter of a preacher in Texas and Oklahoma in the 1930s, then pressing on to a job as a salesgirl at Neiman Marcus, then on to Palm Springs, California, where she met and eventually dated Frank Sinatra ... You can't help loving a woman who remembers down to the detail what she was wearing the day she met Sinatra."
New York Times
"Never boring, often compelling, it underscores the power of tenacity."
"Oh the Hell of It All tells Montandon's side of it, all in a loving, self-reflective way. Her hurt and confusion pour off the pages, but so does her joy in the way her life changed so dramatically. After the divorce, she created the Children as the Peacemakers foundation, which has been nominated three times for the Nobel Peace Prize."
Larger than life and then some!
"...the reader recounts her extraordinary journey ... Received by world leaders from Mother Teresa to former Russian President Mikhail Gorbachev, Pat quickly engages the reader in her exploits as she decends upon country after country, charming her way into the hearts and minds of those in power. Meeting Pope John Paul II was inspirational; coordinating an intercepted food drop by outwitting the Russian mafia was a page-turner; and learning how she illegally unrolled the 'Banner of Hope' along the Great Wall of China was fascinating. I read 'Whispers...' in a weekend; the story does confirm than one person truly can make a difference."
– Bret Parsons
A fascinating read
"What most struck me was her refusal to be beaten down by people or experiences. I finished the book wanting to know more about her ... I hope her publisher comes out with a sequel."
Now the story makes sense
"Across nations, she found children AND adults who were brave enough to speak out for peace. We need her now, its time to get the voices of the people connected again. Her life work is astounding and this is a great, simple to read, well edited book, it unfolds her story and the story of a global peace movement."