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.
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.