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Pieces of Me by Rose Marie Abrams

I have received a free e-copy of the book Pieces of Me: My Journey from an Abusive Childhood to a Life of Hope and Healing by Rose Marie Abrams to review. You may find out more about the author on her website.

Pieces of Me by Rose Marie Abrams

Here is the book blurb.

From the day she was born, Rose Marie Abrams was nothing more than a pawn in a sick chess game in which there would be no winner.

The players were none other than Rose Marie’s biological mother, a single parent who had been raised in the foster care system during the 1940s and ’50s, and her foster mother, who took in children not to nurture them but to torture them and turn them into slaves. To one mother, Rose Marie was merely a doll. To the other mother, she was a captive, a scapegoat, the victim of insatiable sadism. No one wanted her for who she was, for who every child is: a gift from the Divine.

Despite the unceasing horrors Rose Marie suffered at the hands of those meant to care for her, her light could not be extinguished. In Pieces of Me, she speaks the unspeakable and reveals the hope, tenacity, and life-giving defiance that brought her dreams of freedom to life—and let her long-suppressed inner child out to play.

This book was a very difficult read as it deals with the topic of child abuse. The author was the victim and I found it so emotive, that I could only read a few pages at a time. I commend the author on her strength of being able to share the details of the dreadful child abuse including sexual violation she suffered, mainly from her foster mother, known only as “Mother”.

She didn’t discover who her biological mother was until well into adulthood, by contacting the hospital where she was born. It was Viola.

Viola too was one of the earlier foster children and had also suffered much abuse. And Viola had been forced to legally let “Mother” adopt Rose Marie, being told that if she attempted to leave with Rose Marie, she would be arrested for child kidnapping, based on a non-existent verbal agreement.

Both the social services and judicial systems totally let Rose Marie and Viola down. Everything was brushed under the carpet. But somehow, not even knowing that there could be a different life, Rose Marie held onto hope.

Pieces of Me is available on Amazon, currently priced at £2.24 in paperback. A heartbreaking true tale.

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Disclosure.  This post is a review of an e-book I was sent for free.  All opinions are my own.

Story of a Secret Heart by Cassi Ellen

I have received a free e-copy of the book “Story of a Secret Heart” by Cassi Ellen to review. To find out more about the author you may visit her blog.

I came across Cassi after she liked one of my recent book reviews. I do try to visit those who like / comment on my blog and when I popped over to Cassi’s blog, I discovered she was looking for reviewers for her book.

Story of a Secret Heart by Cassi Ellen

Here is the book blurb.

A broken heart hurts, but it can also be fun……

Ever been in a bad relationship? Ever discovered that you were being cheated on?
As Cassi, a 30-year old single woman, leaves a long-term, unhappy relationship, she struggles with the pain and anguish of a broken heart. When, by chance, she meets a handsome stranger, he introduces her to a world that she didn’t even know existed. As she begins to slowly forget all about her broken heart she learns to have fun again. It is then that her life starts to spiral out of control and all she can do is laugh and hang on tight. Through her trials and tribulations, Cassi has to find her inner strength and keep a smile on her face even in front of adversity.

Story of a Secret Heart is about breaking up . . . and breaking down. It’s about the roller-coaster ride of a breakup and all the dating and relationship stories in-between.

This is a true story. Cassi is 10,000 miles from home, and has been living in Australia for 5 years with Guy. One night she arrives home an hour early to an empty house, when expecting Guy to be home. She texts him, and he lies, saying he is at home. He continues to lie when he does get back, saying he popped out to the garage. Cassi is too heart-broken to listen to his lies and Guy moves out. After several weeks at rock-bottom, Cassi’s girl friends take her out but when she gets back very drunk in the middle of the night, the lift in the apartment block is broken, so she can’t get up to her flat because Guy had taken the emergency fire door key. Cassi bangs in desperation on what she thinks is the fire door, but by mistake it is actually someone’s apartment. The handsome stranger assists her back to her flat.

Cassi soon becomes friends with the stranger, Ben, but he is from a different world of gangsters, prostitutes and drugs, On the rebound, she has sex with Ben. She starts to discover Ben’s world, and finds herself doing things or being in places she would never have dreamed of, like a brothel. You’ll have to read it, to find out everything Cassi gets up to. I certainly found it hard to take it all in. What a fun read. Cassi was on a real rollercoaster.

Story of a Secret Heart is available on Amazon, currently priced at £1.99 in Kindle format. I enjoyed this book and recommend it.

Cassi is now writing Story of a Secret Heart – book2

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Disclosure.  This post is a review of an e-book I was sent for free.  All opinions are my own.