by Barbara Harken
At her mother’s funeral, Jocelyn makes a startling discovery―she has an aunt, her mother’s sister. Not only does this woman offer college-student Jocelyn much needed employment, but Aunt Paula holds the key to unlocking family secrets, secrets Jocelyn needs to confront.
With the help of her best friend Alex, Jocelyn begins a journey of knocking down inner walls she has erected from years of abuse. The question is―will those broken walls free her or bury her? And what about this new-found aunt, a restaurateur/artist who signs her paintings “Charlie”?
In this psychological novel, enter the world of trauma survival through dissociation and redemption through love and courage.
I greatly appreciate how Barbara keeps the POV clean, it saves a lot of confusion for the reader. The use of a journal to provide relevant background information is done very well.
I love how Jocelyn’s deeply buried story is slowly brought forth into the light. The process can be excruciating and very lengthy, occurring in stages.
I give Degree of Normal 4.7 stars, the score would have been higher except for the large handful of spelling errors I found.