This is how Diamante Lavendar describes her new novel “Breaking The Silence”, which is based on a true story:
Joan Eastman was born like any other girl. However her life would prove to be a life of great pain…
Growing up, she was treated differently by family members, powerless to defend herself against their sexual and psychological abuse. Feeling she had been dealt a wicked hand by the “powers that be”, she spiraled into substance abuse and troubled relationships. She became a victim of addiction and self-hatred.
Not giving up, she becomes aware of a greater spiritual being that protects her and she begins to heal. Then she finds herself pregnant. She learns to understand nothing is hopeless; that with a changed view and self-discovery, there is real hope in every situation, no matter how difficult.
As she and her husband look forward to the birth of their child, she writes in her diary as a way of expelling all of the evil memories. On bed rest for the duration of her pregnancy, she endures tests and tribulations that at first she couldn’t begin to understand. But no matter how high the hurdles in Joan’s life are, she doesn’t look back, and pulls the pieces of her life together…for herself and her unborn child.
This inspirational story speaks of Joan’s gradual self-acceptance and healing of her body, mind and spirit. It speaks of the possibilities of the future and the fulfillment of the dream of love and family. And it speaks of jumping the hurdles in life without looking back, no matter how high those hurdles may be.
The author weaves the past into the present in a wonderful and reflective way. From anger-fueled self-harming behaviors to forgiving the abusers. We walk every step of Joan’s very long journey at her side.
This book is very well written and conveys the widest range of emotions that a person can experience. The author employs dialogue and action quite well to move the story along. She has lots of reflection and inner dialogue to gain understanding of her situation. The chapters are short and each ends with a summary of the lesson she learned.
I found no spelling errors! This book earns 5 of 5 STARS!
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Copyright © 2016 Mark L Schultz except for the author's introduction
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