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.
I do not normally read books based on true stories, but I wanted to take this one on when I saw the blurb. I also thought that by reading and reviewing it, it would bring the subject under the attention of more people and maybe it would lead to less victims. I cannot do a lot about it, but even if it only helps one person, I would be very happy.
The book was sometimes a bit chaotic and in this case I think it fitted the purpose well. It did not really feel like a book, but more like the main character Rose told the story and her life was not quite a bed of roses. She was all over the place and the author reflected this well.
I know it’s almost unbelievable that people stay in a situation like this, but on the other hand, I understand it as well. They were manipulated in such way that they did not see it coming and are so deep in it that they don’t even seem to realize it. The abuser is often very sly and knows that, when children are involved, the mums will always capitulate.
But will there be a light at the end of the tunnel for Rose and her children and will they be on the road to a happy ever after?
I would have loved to have a little epilogue to put my mind at rest.
It was an interesting read that pulled my heartstrings. 4 stars.
Thank you, Jennifer Gilmour and RachelsRandomResources.
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.
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