Happy Thursday Book people!
I am excited to share with you today my review for this book that I think is a very important, real, and inspirational read! Many thanks to Rachel for my invitation to the blog tour and to Kelly Smith for her story!💕
Signs in the Rearview Mirror: Leaving A Toxic Relationship Behind
What kind of person ends up in a toxic relationship? And why does she stay? This searingly honest novel answers both those questions head-on. Coming out of a failing marriage, Kelly turns to Gabe out of fear of being alone. Her gradual slide into danger is at once terrifying and inevitable, and the steps she takes to get out of it will both inspire and offer hope.
This was a raw and real look into toxic relationships… what I truly appreciated about this book was that the victim of abuse in this book was a strong smart woman… abuse does not discriminate and unfortunately I think a lot of times the victims are portrayed as frail weak women… how many times have you heard “why doesn’t she just leave“ or “I’ve never let anybody treat me that way.“ well, as somebody who has been in an extremely toxic relationship with a narcissistic abusive man I can tell you it is not that easy….. especially when the abuse is verbal and emotional, because the bruises are on the inside… when I look back now I realize how much I put up with and believe me I put up with it for very long time, however at the time I was just trying as hard as I could to keep my family together…. I realize this is a lot to share in a review, but this book was so real and Kelly really laid herself bare, so I felt this was only fair……..
In this book Kelly has recently separated from her husband… she reconnects with a high school friend Gabe on Facebook…. Kelly and Gabe begin a romantic relationship, he seems perfect, but all is not as it seems…. but Kelly is invested and excited about her new love…. and above all she does not want to be alone, the very thought terrifies her….
This is an extremely emotional and realistic look at a toxic relationship…. how Kelly got into it…. why Kelly stayed in it…. and how she eventually got out of it… whether or not you have ever been in an abusive relationship this book really paints an honest picture of the cycle of abuse… I’d encourage everyone to read this one because after reading this you will never blame the victim again… both inspirational and heartbreaking but most of all truthful….
*** many thanks to the author and Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for my copy of this book ***
Author Bio – Boston born and raised, Kelly now makes her home in Austin with her three sons and one amazing Giant Schnauzer Bullseye. Kelly has written for Huffington Post, blogs at Thoughts Becoming Words, and hosts a podcast, Lets Get Wicked Deep.
Social Media Links – https://www.facebook.com/kellye95/