The Sugar Queen Book

(15 customer reviews)


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“A must-read story of courage and determination”
– Barry Spilchuk, co-author of A Cup of Chicken Soup for the Soul

Few lives are as dramatic as Lina Kennedy’s, and few stories of survival and triumph are as satisfying as this inspirational autobiography.

Professionally, Lina is the founder of a multimillion-dollar business based on her hard work, innovations, and discoveries. She speaks and teaches around the world. 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. Alcoholics Anonymous rescued the family, but Lina faced years of healing even as she pursued the bright future she knew she would eventuallycreate.

In her twenties, a single mother with little education, she mystified her friends by refusing to play it safe, never staying in one job or one relationship. Instead, she amassed a wealth of experience and met a cast of colorful characters who imparted lessons about whom to trust, what to risk, and how to navigate in a hazardous world. In her thirties, bedridden from injuries in an accident caused by a drunk driver, she saw by chance the business opportunity she had been waiting for and literally got up from bed to seize it. From there, she raced to entrepreneurship, expansion, and success.

The two stories of Lina Kennedy, professional and personal, come together in this book and in Lina herself, a woman whose insight, courage, and indomitable spirit are an example for anyone who dreams of a better life.


15 reviews for The Sugar Queen Book

  1. Kirkus Review

    “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.”
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  2. Barry Spilchuk

    “A must-read story of courage and determination”
    Barry Spilchuk, co-author of A Cup of Chicken Soup for the Soul

  3. Amanda Strunk Miller

    “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

  4. Chuck Taylor

    “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

  5. Marybeth Haines

    “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

  6. Lorraine Forand (verified owner)

    What an inspirational story!
    Books I like to read are typically about people who overcome major life obstacles/challenges and become successful.
    Reading Lina’s book shows how having determination, wit, a strong work ethic and forgiveness in her heart, led to a rich and fulfilling life.
    I was her friend during several earlier years of her journey, but learned a great deal about her strength by reading this book. Her “Gypsy Spirit” took her on many adventures, trials and tribulations.
    Warning! Once you start reading this book, you will not want to stop. It is a story that will capture you, tug at your heart strings, and keep you captive. It’s a well written, easy to read book that will inspire all readers!
    Lorraine Forand

  7. Dawn Sampman

    Book is a great read bought the book yesterday and I couldn’t put it down so many people can learn from this book that anything in life is possible if you put ur heart and soul into it 🙂 ❤️
    Dawn Sampman

  8. Sophie Lakis

    This is a gripping story of enormous challenges, traumas,ingenuity and the resilience of a very determined woman to leave the past behind and carve out a very successful life for herself and her family despite her beginnings. A realistic story for anyone who is looking for inspiration in their own life and work. I read it in a day and a half as I could not put it down, anxious to see what the next chapter would present. Well written and beautifully edited, it will leave you cheering for Lina and the hundreds of practitioners and distributors around the world that have benefited from her determination and creativity to become the gold standard in epilation and skincare globally. It is a book that you will long remember and refer back to time and again for your own encouragement to overcome life’s occasional “tidal waves”!
    What an uplifting ending! And the equally powerful lesson of forgiveness.
    Sophie Lakis

  9. Dawn Sampman

    What a great book 🙂 Such a inspiration. ❤️
    Dawn Sampman

  10. Lisa A Jackson, PhD

    Wow Lina! I just finished your book! That is truly one amazing story!! Exceedingly well written, deeply profound lessons from your life wonderfully expressed, a resounding optimism to persevere when life is intense…. I can’t say enough….I am truly in awe…. The words which I feel sum you up are POWERFUL RESILIENCE! In my profession, I try to teach parents the need to build resilience in their children. Sadly, there is such an emphasis on promoting self esteem in kids these days that people forget that our children need to learn that self esteem is innately related to our ability to rise up and learn from adversity and difficulty (which the majority are ill prepared to handle). You are living proof of a strong resilient woman. I will be recommending your inspirational book to my patients’ moms…

    Kudos for sharing your life story with the world….

    Lisa A Jackson, PhD

  11. Frank D’Agostino

    Remarkable! In the Sugar Queen. Lina Kennedy shows us that no matter what comes along, no matter how bad! It’s far better to own it! Rather than to be owned by it!
    It’s a gift Lina has possessed and developed from a young age. Always impeccably put together and astonishingly present given the constant barrage of both emotional and physical obstacles she endured.
    Thanks Lina for sharing this with us.
    Long time friend
    Frank D’Agostino

  12. Marleen Nagels

    I read your book in one go, and it was so funny, so moving, with so many truths, so honestly given, … Thank you for sharing your story with us!!
    – Marleen Nagels, President of Hebea Professional

  13. Silvija

    Reading your book, I must confess, I didn`t imagine that it will be so easy and interesting to read. I run one line after another…and also (as I often do with other books) I am curious to jump into further chapters:) I liked so much the story about Canada Petro and Ann. And about AP becoming global, and about ,,Magda,,. Lina when I read it it seems I am there and I even feel that times. Really enjoy reading. Thank you. I have not finished yet, but I couldn`t wait to share my impression – the story is so exciting! I would like to come back here to leave one more review when I reach the last chapter:)

  14. Dale Kehrberg

    Brutally honest and heart wrenching at times. Amazing read.

  15. Catarina Araújo

    It´s one of my favorite books to read, inspiring stories that can lead us to success.
    Stories that help us focus and determine our lives.
    “Sugar Queen” a queen in her true grandeur of Lina life.

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