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Wow these ladies did an awesome job writing this book. I can't wait to read They can't stop me by Sparkle Lewis bc i knw her brother is gonna put tht beat down on Say for what he did to his sister plus he's the cause of him being locked dwn.Thank you ladies for bringing awareness to DV bc it happens everyday some survive & some don't, to all survivors i applaud you for making it out safely
First, I must say, i'm not a fan of reading about domestic violence...has me to in my emotions; especially anger. I was only going to read one story, to get the back ground for a book I was reading, but decided to read more. All the books and their stories were good.They were realistic and believable and domestic violence is a topic that isn't talked about much but it's so very real. The book was a eye opener and these authors made it real. Job well done Ladies.
I read this book twice not because the message included wasn't disturbing but because the writing of said message was just that poignant and stark that I believe I caught a case of the 'just can't help it's'. At any rate it's difficult to describe something with this sad theme as good but I'm at a loss as to how else to describe the level of expertise that it clearly took to take such a taboo subject matter, create characters that allowed the reader to feel an otherworldly connection, and then construct a plot and storyline that leaves the reader craving for more from each of these distinctively different writers. Sparkle Lewis's writing style is more in your face, straight-forward, and pulls absolutely NO PUNCHES. For some, it may be a bit much but to be honest, the way in which this tale is crafted it couldn't have been successfully told in any other fashion. I'm not a fan of Domestic Violence tales and tend to shy away from them because of the level of anguish a skilled writer can unwittingly draw from my emotional banks. I think of all of the stories Sparkle's resonated the most with me. To see that Talia was such an intelligent young lady and had everything in her life in order in spite of the hurdles she had to overcome early in life left me wondering how she fell for and continued to be a party to the level of abuse that Sayvion dished out. I had to read and re-read this to clearly understand and then I had to stop myself from judging and asking the age-old question of WHY?? I invariably found all types of excuses and reasons that quickly came to mind but at the end of the day I quickly surmised that I was doing exactly what the author wanted me to do, walk a mile in Talia's shoes and see her life from the side of the aisle not as a spectator but to become fully immersed in the suffering, pain, and uncertainty that was now her life. To say that I was floored would definitely be an understatement. To say that I was extremely upset and mad about the way the story ended would only again re-enforce my level of frustration for being unable to know the next corner and twist this exceedingly talented author plans to take us on. What will be next, who is going to die, will someone die, why was this Talia life, how could Sayvion mistreat the very one that was willing to defy everyone around her to be loyal and again WHY???? Are all of the questions that I screamed at my kindle upon realizing I was at the end of a tale too short for my liking. Then I moved forward to the next tale in the anthology and was once again swept away with the level of violence that these characters displayed. In Carmen Lashay's Love Gone Bad I was just STUCK on how a man(but in actuality Charles can't really be called a man) could put his hands on his pregnant girlfriend. What thoughts must be going through a person's mind to knowingly dish out this level of evilness onto an innocent unsuspecting child? Then to read the thoughts that El had while laying in the hospital equal parts disgusted and saddened me. As I continued to read El's tale I realized that regardless of background, support system, and people telling you exactly what needs to be said during this situation, the reality is that until the person is sick and tired of being sick and tired and understands their TRUE worth then and only then can they hopefully pull enough strength together to walk away from the situation. Again the reason that I stay away from Domestic Violence Tales because they bring out disconcerting emotions and cause me to constantly remind myself that I'm reading a book and I don't need to strap up and go and FIND the coward that is bringing pain into the lives of these misguided young ladies. But I digress. I proceeded to read No More Love by Reign and Naomi and Kango's tale once again had me hotter than fish grease. To think that this young girl that should have only been concerned with getting the best grades possible, concentrating on puppy love, homecoming and other things that should fill the heads of young teenagers, was heavily entrenched in a domestic violence situation that caused her to take on adult problems that her young mind was clearly not equipped to handle. Every person in Naomi's life wanted the absolute best for her and yet she was just unaware of her true worth. This story really brought home the old saying, "Unfortunately you can't help people who won't participate in their own rescue!" In Ty Leese Javeh's Shades of Love: Fighting For His Heart, Khadafy and Zara actually hit home a little more. They had put the time in, been married for a significant amount of time and I understood Zara wanting to make it all seem worthwhile. No one wants to put the time and effort into a relationship only to find that the very person that is supposed to value you above all else has turned into a complete stranger and is willing to make you the scapegoat for all of his or her problems. Ty Leese brilliantly portrayed how losing yourself is quite possible when you take any and everything in order to hopefully save your partner. At the end of the day when you give your all and end up losing everything in the process including your sanity and life one is left to wonder if walking away from all of the "TIME" was the better option. In T. Nicole's Broken Promises, Shattered Dreams: A Scary Type of Love witnessing life through the eyes of Natasha as she attempted to make something work that was clearly shattered and broken as the title predicts sent goosebumps up my spine. With the very best of intentions of moving forward and breaking the domestic abuse cycle it still seemed to follow Natasha to her fresh start. Again a tale of pain and woe but still worth the read. Lastly, Unrequited Love by Eden Mireya totally not my cup of tea and in many ways was just a little too unrealistic for me. So this one I didn't enjoy very much. Armani's Definition of Love actually asked the question What is Love and allowed the reader to explore and see through the eyes Leticia how sometimes what you've been conditioned to as a child invariably can become your reality as an adult. The lack of empathy that Montrell gave Leticia on the 12th anniversary of her mother's death was astounding to me. Each scenario that we witnessed of the Montrell's and Leticia's relationship showed us how skewed her version of Love really was. All in all the story's were eye-opening to say the least. Of all of the authors' I've only read works by T. Nicole in the past. What I can say however, is that there is a bright future in the works for both this company and the authors who took the time to tackle such a worthy cause such as this. Sparkle Lewis doesn't have anything out as of yet(at least that I can find) but what I can say is that she crafts a story like a seasoned writer that has been doing this for a very long time. The way that she builds these characters in such a short time had us craving more and I totally can't wait to see what she has in store for us next. Some people fashion themselves into a writer because of their diehard desire to become an author but some people and they are few and far in between are actually born to do this. Sparkle Lewis wields a powerful weapon, her pen, that clearly allows the world to see that she is destined to create stories that will knock people completely off of their feet. GREAT JOB!!! I look forward to reading more from each of these authors!! Kudos Ladies!!!
These stories are really sad because women are going through this. Each one was horrible yet they still want to stay. I am not judging but when it get so bad to put you in hospital and disrespect you, just run. I know people stay for comfortable but when is enough enough. Good reads.
I've experienced my share of moments similar to the women in this book. These ladies did an excellent job of capturing our pain and by sharing these stories someone may just have an "aha" moment that will save their life. I have not seen a more realistic view of these situations since I live it. Well Done Ladies
OMG!!!! This book was so emotional. Some of the stories had true monster's. I have daughter's and it broke my heart reading this. I am so glad some made it out alive. These short stories we're great. Kudos to all the writers that have stories in this book. Domestic violence is real. This book gave me look inside of the relationship from both sides. #Tears😢😢😢