Professionally, Lina is the founder of Alexandria Professional®, a multimillion-dollar business based on her hard work, innovations, and discoveries. Yet behind the compelling story of how she built her company lies another drama, the tale of an abused child who could not be crushed. Raised in poverty and dysfunction, she was sustained by her inner strength and by a near-death experience at age seven, a mysterious gift of reassurance and hope.
"Kennedy’s life is captivatingly eventful, and her indefatigable perseverance remains uplifting. Aspiring entrepreneurs should find not only moral encouragement in her tale, but also concrete lessons about business management. Still, the most intriguing element of the book is the author’s personal introspection—she openhandedly scours her life for meaning and purpose, and pieces together a spiritual worldview, partly the consequence of her experience of an inner voice that steers her toward safety and prosperity. An arresting remembrance, as brave as the life it describes." Kirkus Review
“A must-read story of courage and determination” Barry Spilchuk, co-author of A Cup of Chicken Soup for the Soul
“Reading the Sugar Queen feels like being in the same room with Lina Kennedy as she reveals the trajectory of her remarkable life. A natural storyteller, Kennedy vividly recounts experiences that are rich with meaning, not only for her but for her readers as well.” Marybeth Haines, Author of the Power of Pets
“Raw, packed with emotion, and at times heartbreaking, Kennedy's is a must-read story of strength, tenacity, and gumption. Her business success makes her truly deserving of the title Sugar Queen, and in this book she reveals a gut-wrenching, yet captivating, history of personal success as well. Kennedy’s story of triumph over all odds will leave you pondering your own potential to overcome and succeed.” Amanda Strunk Miller, Publisher, Dermascope Magazine
“It takes fortitude—and a rare self-awareness—to transform the foul balls that life hurls at you into home runs. Lina’s story is not only inspirational, but relatable, empowering, and motivating. The Sugar Queen is an electrifying read that will ultimately rouse readers’ own potential.” Chuck Taylor, Entertainment and Media Writer - Former senior correspondent and editor at Billboard Magazine