I'm a late starter in the world of Indie publishing. I published my first novel, Leap the Wild Water, in March of this year at the ripe age of fifty-five. I've been creatively writing for years but this was the first novel I'd written which I felt was worthy of publication. I live in the wilds of Wales, a landscape which is little changed from the 19th century era in which Leap the Wild Water is set. Fortunately, unlike the landscape, life is very different now from the way it was back then, especially for women. In the past, the majority of women suffered great hardship and inequality, and were subject to blatant sexual double standards. Women were rendered powerless by the religious doctrine and cultural beliefs of the time, much as they still are in many parts of the world. Women who dared to break the rules were often cruelly punished, not only by larger society but also by their own families. Maybe its because I came from a large family of ten children, but I've always been intrigued by the ways in which society impacts on individual lives. This interest is reflected in my writing. In the main, I blog about how life used to be for rural people; discoveries I made while researching my novel. I also blog reviews about books I've found outstanding.
Leap the Wild Water
Jasmine's childhood was one of total neglect on the part of a mother who was more interested in chasing men than bringing up her kids. There was no love, no pity. The only things in abundance in this little girl's world were squalor, cruelty and fear. And Jasmine's mother continually placed her children in danger with her appalling choices in men. As her mother brought more children into the world that she was incapable of nurturing, it was this wonderful little girl who provided the love and care her siblings needed and which she had no experience of herself.
I don't think I shall ever forget little Jasmine. This book has left me feeling such respect and awe for the strength of that little girl.
There is no sensationalism here, no over-dramatization. This is a work of dignity and hope, a tribute to all little children who suffer and survive. It is the poignant and beautifully written story of a genuine survivor of childhood abuse and unforgivable neglect.
The author is as courageous as they come, but she isn't shouting to the world about how courageous she is, or looking to inflict horrors that will haunt you. Little Jasmine's voice will haunt you but not in a bad way. Her voice is like a song which you feel compelled to pause and listen to.
And the ending, well, that really made me cry. For this little girl, what was stolen from her she will never get back, ever.
No amount of book sales can ever compensate this author for what she's lost but you can show her the love by buying this book and taking the time to listen to her courageous voice.
A beautiful written and poignant true memoir, I highly recommend.
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