Thursday, October 20, 2011

Goodreads:  With courageous confession, the author describes her high school romance, laced with parental opposition, the pull of premarital sex, and an awareness of guilt before God.  After less than a year of marriage to her high school sweetheart, when she begins to recognize her parents concerns as valid, she meets a man who becomes a destructive force in her life.  He encourages her to divorce her husband and instead, become dependent on him for emotional support.  With painful honesty she relates how he gains manipulative control over her emotions and moral standards.  She joins him in defying biblical commandments and societal conventions.   


Kritters Thoughts:  First, I want to start by saying, I am so thankful that I agreed to review this book, but man I wish I could retitle this one.  As a wonderfully written, heartfelt memoir about a woman who was emotionally abused by an ex-husband, I have a hard time passing on this book because the title doesn't match the story.  


I was completely swept up in her story because it was different from what you normally read, first it was true and second it was emotional abuse instead of physical abuse.  I think because of the different type of abuse, I enjoyed it more because you don't read books with very little physical abuse in them.  They way he pushed her away from anyone that she had a connection with was sly and deceiving, but as a woman I maybe couldn't have recognized if I was in her shoes the things that were happening and how horrible it all looked when all the pieces were matched together.


A memoir that broke my heart because with each page I knew that it was true and that she had to live through these experiences to become the woman she is today.  I applaud her honesty and ability to share such a personal story in the hopes that woman can find strength knowing that they are not the only one in their particular situation.  So bypass the awkward title and get this memoir, so it can tug at your heart strings and maybe even help someone along the way.  


Rating:  definitely a good read, but can't read two in a row

Pages:  247

GR Oct-Dec 2011 Challenge: I

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one copy of this book free of charge from the author and Bohlsen PR.  I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for receipt of the book; rather, the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

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