Happy Tuesday book lovers!
Today I am sharing with you my review for this book that was a bit of a personal journey for me… thank you very much to Rachel for my invitation to the tour and to Jennifer Gilmour for her courage💕
First published in 2016, Jennifer has republished a second edition with the changes in Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
This is the republication of Isolation Junction and what a difference it is. A make over with a new book cover, new content, with Pict Publishing, third person only (as opposed to third and first in first edition) and the incidents in correlating order.
Rose is the mother of two young children, and finds herself living a robotic life with an abusive and controlling husband. While she struggles to maintain a calm front for the sake of her children, inside Rose is dying and trapped in ‘Isolation Junction’.
She runs an online business from home, because Darren won’t let her work outside the house. But through this, she meets other mums and finds courage to attend networking events, while Darren is at work, to promote her business.
It’s at one of these events that Rose meets Tim, a sympathetic, dark-haired stranger who unwittingly becomes an important part of her survival.
After years of emotional abuse, of doubting her future and losing all self-confidence, Rose takes a stand. Finding herself distraught, alone and helpless, Rose wonders how she’ll ever escape with her sanity and her children. With 100 reasons to leave and 1,000 reasons she can’t will she be able to do it? Will Tim help her? And will Rose find peace and the happiness she deserves? Can Rose break free from this spiralling life she so desperately wants to change?
Based on true events.
A real and raw look at emotional abuse…
For anyone who is a regular visitor to my blog or a regular reader of my reviews you know that I was in an emotionally abusive marriage for many years…. The reason I share this is because I don’t want anyone to be ashamed of being a victim of abuse, it is definitely not your fault! Looking back really makes me cringe at everything I was willing to put up with, but I did it for my family, I did it for my kids, I did it because I didn’t know what else to do… I still feel a tremendous guilt for staying as long as I did, the damage it has done to my children, but my hope is that in my leaving my daughter has learned to never let a man treat her that way and my sons have learned never to treat a woman that way… to paraphrase Oprah, you did the best that you could, and when you knew better, you did better… if just one person reads this book or reads my review and take the first steps getting out of that toxic abusive relationship then I think this author has accomplished amazing things!
This book is very hard for me to review it is brutal and it was written from the heart… Rose is trapped in a marriage to a controlling and emotionally abusive man… in my opinion sometimes emotional abuse is more damaging then physical abuse… it is also easier to ignore and to hide because the bruises are on the inside…. Rose is also a mother and sometimes when the abuse is not being done to your children you are more willing to put up with it…. it is such a vicious cycle and I truly appreciated Rose’s fortitude throughout this book, I really wanted her to succeed and get out of this horrible situation…. my one little niggle is I wish that she had done it without a man…. I mean Tim was fabulous, but I guess I just wanted Rose to be able to get out of there on her own!
There is a very powerful story packed in this little book that I think is very important for everyone to read…. there is also a quiz that I found very telling as I answered many of those questions yes, A quiz that tells you if you are being emotionally abused or not? Yes, you don’t always know, the abuser is generally very manipulative and makes you feel as though most of it is your fault…. if the house was only cleaner, if the kids were only quieter, if you just lost a few pounds, if you hadn’t cut your hair, and so on and so on and so on…reading this book, and writing this review has been very cathartic for me, I truly got a lot out of it and I hope that someone else picks it up and finds it as powerful as I have! The more we all understand abuse the less power it will have over anybody’s life, so this isn’t just for abuse victims, this is a book for everybody….
*** many thanks to the author and Rachel for my copy of this book ***
About the author:
Born in the North East, Jennifer is a young, married mum with three children. In addition to being an author, she is an entrepreneur, running a family business from her home-base. Her blog posts have a large readership of other young mums in business.
From an early age, Jennifer has had a passion for writing and started gathering ideas and plot lines from her teenage years. A passionate advocate for women in abusive relationships, she has drawn on her personal experiences to write this first novel. It details the journey of a young woman from the despair of an emotionally abusive and unhappy marriage to develop the confidence to challenge and change her life and to love again.
Amazon Profile Link; http://author.to/JenniferGilmour
Goodreads author profile; https://www.goodreads.com/JenniferGilmour
Huffington post blogger profile; http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/author/jennifer-gilmour
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