Title: Burnt Edges
Author: Dana Leipold
Published: October 21st, 2014
Word Count: 56,000
Genre: Women’s Fiction
Content Warning: contains sexual abuse and domestic violence
Recommended Age: 18+
Abuse or an uncertain future. This is Laurel Lee Page’s choice when she is faced with an unplanned pregnancy at 18. Born into a broken family, all she has ever known is guilt and shame. No matter what she does or who she meets, Laurel appears to be living a condemned life but she is determined to find independence and freedom in spite of her family’s legacy of hatred and self-contempt. Can Laurel see that she is in a powerful position, poised to break the cycle of abuse? Set in Southern California during the tumultuous 1960s era, Burnt Edges is based on true events and proves that strength can be found even in the most horrific situations.
I found this to be a thought provoking, intelligently written book about a most difficult subject. Told in a simple, straight-forward manner in the voice of Laurel Lee this book was difficult to put down and has remained in my thoughts long after I read the last, uplifting chapter.
I loved that the setting of the story was the 1960’s and that the historical events and attitudes of that era colored the background so brilliantly.
There were so many forces at work that constantly forged and shaped the individual family members and the family group as a whole that I was pulled into their troubles and kept hoping with all my heart that Laurel would be strong enough to overcome the damage she suffered from a jealous, insecure mother; a woman who pretended ignorance of the silently horrific actions occurring right under her nose and a father with unnatural lustful desires for his pre-pubescent daughter.
The power of this book is in its depiction of ongoing sexual abuse within a family and how it becomes so ingrained in the fabric of daily life that the canker lingers and is passed on in a repetitious cycle that becomes nearly impossible to break free of. This book unveils the devastating effects of chronic abuse while still illuminating a path out of the darkness for the victim.
This book was given to me in exchange for my honest review.
Reviewed by Laurie-J
About the Author:
Dana Leipold is a freelance writer, author, and member of the Association of Independent Authors and Creativity Coaching Association. She has self-published two books: a collection of limericks in Dr. Seuss-style for adults entitled, Stupid Poetry: The Ultimate Collection of Sublime and Ridiculous Poems, and a non-fiction book entitled, The Power of Writing Well: Write Well. Change the World, to help writers get their message heard, create stories that connect, and leverage the power of writing well. In addition, she coaches other writers on story structure, messaging, and writing skills so they can achieve their dreams to become published authors. Leipold lives with her husband and two children in the San Francisco Bay Area.
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