Forget Me Not Life Stories Testimonials

"Exceeded my expectations"

I had for some time wanted to share my story with my children, and now I have adult grandchildren and great-grandchildren growing up.

Kate quickly gained my confidence and as a result it became easier and easier to talk about my life with her. The production of my book went more smoothly than I had expected, and the end result was very professional and exceeded my expectations. Overall the presentation was excellent.

Tom Russell
Life Story Writer: Kate McCarthy

"First class service"

The service I received was first class. Kate was easy to talk to and on the same wavelength during our discussions. My grandchildren and great-grandchildren will now know what we did during our working life and before.

Ted Parker

Life Story Writer: Kate McCarthy

A promise fulfilled

I completed a promise to my granddaughter, and have now left a legacy for my family. My book has a lovely standard of photographs.

Samantha was efficient and informative of each phase of production.

Kathy Pederson

Life Story Writer: Samantha Cutler

Kathy Pedersen with her life story book

"Love what you do"

Barbara Wilson, a weaver and spinner, has written 'From Tragedy to Success' with the help of Forget Me Not Life Stories, telling a personal story of great tragedy and loss, and how she managed to overcome it and rebuild her life.
"When I was first introduced to Kate McCarthy I knew I was going to enjoy working with her in all aspects of the book.  Now that it is printed with fantastic feedback, I would recommend Forget Me Not Life Stories to anyone."

Barbara Wilson

Life Story writer: Kate McCarthy

Picture of Franciscus and Johanna Overwater's life story book

An Odyssey

"Samantha was good to work with, and very professional. We particularly like the early history section of our book, and we think our grandchildren will benefit from reading our story."

Franciscus and Johanna Overwater

Life Story writer: Samantha Cutler

From Far Off Grassy Plains

My book is exactly me – it has made me think about my life and has been well designed with many memorable photos. I’ve been able to give the completed book to my family and friends and have received great feedback. Samantha was excellent and easy to work with.

Ian Bickle

Life Story writer: Samantha Cutler

Diane Comber with her life story book

In Retrospect

Kate McCarthy is very professional in all aspects of bringing together a book.

She is a good listener, while giving confidence and urging the progression along i.e. requesting homework and research between meetings.  The co-ordination and timing with the design company and then the printing company was exemplary.

Kate’s patience and diplomacy throughout the eighteen months it took to complete made the process enjoyable.

I have no hesitancy in recommending Kate.

Diane Comber

Life Story writer: Kate McCarthy


"I was proud to be signing a book of such high quality. I was thrilled with the professional assistance I received in putting together my story. Kate accepted and developed my idea of keeping it light, easy to read and tying together photos and dialogue. Thank you Kate."
Brian Cotter
Life Story writer: Kate McCarthy

Enjoyed the process

I thoroughly enjoyed working with Samantha on my life story - From There to Here. My family was excited about the book launch." 
Iris Gordon
Life Story writer: Samantha Cutler

Rare Glimpse

Memories of Gallipoli was compiled from autograph books which belonged to Sister Florence Duckett, a nursing sister on the hospital ship HMHS Galeka in WW1. Memories of Gallipoli is a unique personal collection of autographs, notes, cartoons and poems penned by soldiers from the Gallipoli campaign. Endorsed by the RSA of NZ and with a Foreword by Sir Jerry Mateparae, the book provides a rare glimpse into a war fought long ago.

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Bright Sunlight, Dark Shadow

A book written to not only detail her story - but to help others.
Judy Hale, a 78-year-old Cambridge grandmother lost her senses of sight, smell, and taste 32 years ago and with the help of Samantha Cutler of Forget Me Not Life Stories captured the journey of facing the future without sight.
Wanting to help others, Judy will donate proceeds of her book to Blind and Low Vision NZ and specifically its Guide Dog Services.

"Samantha Cutler, you have done an excellent job piecing together Judy's Story.  I also love the format that it’s printed in, ideal for those of us with failing vision. I am proud to call Judy and Utah my 'friends'." - Sue Collier, Chairperson for Cambridge Blind & Vision Impaired Support Group


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