Today I am one of the two blog stops on the blog tour for Clipped Wings by Jennifer Gilmour. Today I will be sharing my review. The publication date for Clipped Wings was October 30th. This is a very powerful and at times hard to read book of true accounts that survivors of domestic abuse bravely share.
Book Description from Amazon:
The silent chorus.
Just imagine you thought that you had met the man or woman of your dreams. This person was charming and you thought they were the one or perhaps that this was fate; it was just meant to be.
But as the months go by things start to change. Their behaviour towards you isn’t the same, they are more critical, more particular about your appearance, what you do, how you do it, who you see. Time goes by and you feel isolated from your friends and family because that behaviour has now changed to threats, maybe violence and you feel that your identity is all but gone. But still you stay. Where would you go? Who would help you? You are not worthy.
But you are.
A group of survivors have spoken about their own experiences. In their own words they show that survivors do have a voice and that it needs to be heard. They show that abuse isn’t unique or strange but that it is, unfortunately, a surprisingly common problem in today’s society.
The message of this book is one of courage, as with courage comes awareness and an ability to understand what has happened to you and take the steps needed to become a survivor yourself.
Clipped Wings: Hear Some Stories of Survival
Author: Jennifer Gilmour
Published: October 30, 2017
Reviewed By: Jessica
Dates Read: October 30- November 3, 2017
Jessica’s Rating: 5 stars
Clipped Wings is survivors of domestic abuse sharing their stories. One in four women and one in six men will become victims at some point in their lives. We hear from many women and one man as we read Clipped Wings. Some of the survivors share their stories in their own writing while others are interviewed. Jennifer Gilmour opens and concludes Clipped Wings with her own words as she also shares her personal journey of domestic abuse.
This is Jennifer’s second book, the first was her semi-autobiographical novel Isolation Junction. She continues the path she is on to increase awareness on all forms of domestic abuse with Clipped Wings.
This is a very personal journey that these survivors share and I commend them on their bravery. Clipped Wings is very difficult to read. It’s hard to comprehend that these are true stories. It is a shame that people have to experience these situations. This is a book you might have to read in spurts, you can only handle so much at once as you read. These are all very strong survivors and I hope they all continue to have better lives and that this book helps them in their journey of recovery from abuse. I also hope this book helps those out there who currently face abuse to realize that there is a way out.
Clipped Wings is recommended.
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 ‘Isolation Junction’. 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.
Since the publication of her debut novel Jennifer has continued to be an advocate for those in abusive relationships through her blog posts, radio interviews and Twitter feed. Jennifer also gained a qualification in facilitating a recover programme for those who have been in abusive relationships.
Jennifer continues to publicly support those who are isolated and struggle to have a voice. Jennifer hopes that ’Clipped Wings’ give’s a voice to survivor’s experiences and raise’s awareness further of the types of unacceptable behaviour which fall into the category of domestic abuse.