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It was heart-shattering to read what Taylor Fulks childhood was like. I wanted to commit murder as I read the book–people like the man she knew as her father do not deserve to live in my opinion–and I am not a violent person. Then to see how the results of what he did coloured the choices she made in her relationships after he was out of her life–the guilt, the self-loathing, the lack of confidence…the search for love in the wrong places. Until she reached the end of her endurance, and then drew only the only thing she had left–self-preservation-and began to look after Taylor.
Sadly this thing happens all the time–it could be your next door neighbour, your uncle, your pastor,a teacher, a politician. You never know what goes on in a household, but if you see dramatic changes in a child’s demeanour, each of us needs to be responsible and step out of our comfort zone. We need to say something about what we see to someone who can investigate, someone who can make a difference.

I think what I loved about her story was not the book, My Prison Without Walls, but Taylor Fulks own statement in the from the author where she wrote “My life is what it is. My experiences happened in the past. I don’t live there anymore. I can choose to be angry and ashamed for the rest of my life, or I can accept my life for what it’s been, what it is now, and move toward the light…and who knows, maybe help someone else along the way. Hence, my mission statement: The rest of my life will be the best of my life. It’s not about my destination…it’s about the journey that gets me there.”

Kudo’s to her–what a remarkable woman she has become, what strength of character she has developed. People can rise above these tragedies if they dig deep and make a decision to do so. I only know her from the book, but I am soooo full of admiration for her!

This book can be purchased at Amazon.com by clicking here.

 

stacy eaton 

Stacy Eaton’s writing talent constantly expands and reaches into new areas.  I have been a fan of her work for a long time, having read all but two of her books and that is only because I have been too busy to get to them.

Cured By Love is a terrific read.  By the end of the second chapter I was totally into both of these characters, and couldn’t wait to see where the storyline would go next. I read it in one night.

For the past six years, Dina Green has been living in a world of emotional torment, blaming herself for something horrific that happened in the past, believing that no one would love her if they knew. She has become what many would consider a slut, demeaning herself while she flounders under her feelings of guilt and fear of rejection. She has made a practice of going to a local bar and picking up a different man every week. I was struck by her lack of feeling about engaging in the act of sex with these men. It was just a quick sexual release with no possibility of intimacy or even companionship.

Ryan Wilde is a local plastic surgeon who also frequents NightCaps and he has noticed her habits. He is very attracted to her but wonders why such a beautiful woman would think so little of herself. He decides to do an “intervention”(my word) of sorts. At first he thinks he will just be a Good Samaritan and help her realize that she is worth much more.

When the opportunity arises, he asks her out for dinner, telling her he wants to make a proposal to her.  Of course she thinks he wants to have sex with her.  Instead, he challenges her, and Dina accepts the challenge to not have sex with any man(not even him) for four weeks. He will take her out during that time and show her how a woman should be treated, then they will go their separate ways.  But Ryan is indeed a man…can he live up to the challenge?

Once I got a glimpse of Dina’s wounded heart, I was drawn to her too and hoped she would find what Ryan wanted for her.

And Ryan is the kind of man women dream of meeting.  He’s not perfect, but his faults are forgiveable: certainly his co-worker, Whitney felt they were and she was determined to do her own intervention.

Once again, Eaton has crafted an awesome book and I wholeheartedly recommend it to anyone. It crackles with tension and sizzles with heat—gets pretty steamy in places.  Yummm!

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