"If you and I met at one of our children's birthday parties, in the hallway at work, or at a neighbor's barbecue, you'd never guess my secret: that as a young woman I fell in love with and married a man who beat me regularly and nearly killed me.
I don’t look the part. I have an MBA and an undergraduate degree from Ivy League schools. I live in a red brick house on a tree-lined street in one of the prettiest neighborhoods in Washington, DC. I’ve got 15 years of marketing experience at Fortune 500 companies and a best-selling book about motherhood to my name. A smart, loyal husband with a sexy gap in his front teeth, a softie who puts out food for the stray kittens in our alley. Three rambunctious, well-loved children. A dog and three cats of our own. Everyone in my family is blonde (the people, at least).
Ah, if only being well-educated and blonde and coming from a good family were enough to defang all life’s demons.
If I were brave enough the first time I met you, I'd try to share what torture it is to fall in love with a good man who cannot leave a violent past behind. I’d tell you why I stayed for years, and how I finally confronted someone whose love I valued almost more than my own life. Then maybe the next time you came across a woman in an abusive relationship, instead of asking why anyone stays with a man who beats her, you’d have the empathy and courage to help her on her way.
We all have secrets we don't reveal the first time we cross paths with others. This is mine."
Brianna's Review : This book was good, but sad. It's a true story about a woman who was abused by her husband. It's sad that it happens every day in real life, and this book really reminds you of that. It must have been really hard for her to write this book. For the readers who may think this book sounds depressing, the ending is happy if that helps you get through!
I have always wanted to join a book club, but instead I thought 'why not do one online?' There is no obligation to meet, and you don't have to read a book your not interested in, or by a certain date. Simply a place to share good books, and review them with friends!
How I Rate What I Read
1/5 - Didn't like it
2/5 - It was ok
3/5 - Liked it
4/5 - Really liked it
5/5 - AMAZING!!!!!!!!