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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!

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This is a terrific book!

It is about teenage characters, but it has such great depth and is written with so much emotion it pulled me in and kept me glued to the very last page.

Abbie James lives in the shadows of life, letting no one get close to her except for Jo, the one friend who accepts her as she is. Her classmates call her a freak, and because she is submissive and withdrawn, she becomes a target for a couple of girls who bully her.

One day, Jake, a dear friend who had been ripped from her life 10 years earlier when his parents moved and he didn’t have a chance to say good bye to her, enrolls in the school she attends. He has never forgotten her and has dreamed of reconnecting with her again. But having him come back into her life freaks her out and she pushes him away.

He is hurt, but also concerned. The carefree happy child he had known has disappeared.  She has been replaced by an angry, unhappy person and he does not understand what has happened. All he knows is that he still cares for her and she is not returning his feelings. But he is not giving up.

Abbie has a deep and painful secret that she has shared with no one—not Jo, her only friend, not her mother, -NO BODY. The author skillfully unfolds the heart of the matter. This book deals with the sensitive subject of child abuse that lasted over a long period of time and how it affected the heroines life. I have no firsthand experience with this matter, but I read a lot and I observe and listen. People who have been harmed in this way feel damaged and believe they are not good enough. Abbie was no exception.

Congratulations to Mandy Thomas for such a terrific debut novel. Her writing style is wonderful and as I read, the book seemed flawless. I will read the next book she writes.

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Courage of the Heart.

Adam Sherman is a computer expert and a womanizer who is dedicated to “Bedding but not Wedding.” When he becomes aware of Davie Prescott, a twenty year old student who works part time at the same place that he does, he pursues her.

Davie feels an equal attraction, but she is not an average 20 year old. When Adam makes his move to take her to bed, she confesses that she is still a virgin. His reaction is the exact opposite to what she might have expected; he is not thrilled that he is her first. In fact he pulls away in shock and says he will not make love to her. Then he gets out of the bedroom as fast as he can.

Davie is humiliated and angered, assuming that her lack of experience had been a turn off for him.

Adam is still attracted to her and tries to smooth the troubled situation between them, but she is not willing to open up to him again. Adam has a dark secret that he has been hiding, but eventually his past catches up to him in his work place. He shares his secret with Davie and is shocked that she doesn’t turn away in disgust; instead she is supportive. Then he learns that she has been hiding a secret too. They both have deep emotional wounds, and together they help each other come to terms with the problems that have created turmoil in their lives. Their commitment to each other gives them the courage to face their problems and make a new life.

I really enjoyed this book. It was fast paced, full of twists and turns, mystery, danger and tragedy. I cared for these two characters. I was reminded again that sometimes people have no control over the circumstances in their lives and without love and support from family and community, they flounder in shame and fear.

Don’t miss a great read. I’ll be looking for more books from Chelle Cordero.

You can purchase Courage of the Heart on Amazon