“Your story pulled me right in from the very beginning – so much so that I finished it in one day. You have a wonderful way of getting the reader engaged and drawn into your harrowing story of mental and emotional abuse. I found myself so engaged that I became angry at your father’s actions and your mother’s inactions. I also enjoyed how you started the chapters with definitions of the various storms and their degrees of destructiveness. You managed to come out the other side and are now an example to others that they too can heal if the willingness and desire is there to do so. Bravo!!” -Judge, 27th Annual Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards

Lisa Anne writes on Amazon: Reading a memoir is a journey into the mind and heart of another. This book speaks to the capacity of the human spirit to overcome childhood trauma through brave introspection and a willingness to see that from darkness can come a light to guide us, but only if we do the heavy lifting of honest conversations, prioritizing our own fulfillment, and serious therapy. In reading this book, as a teacher myself, I better understand the urgency with which we must support young people in overcoming the difficulties their early circumstances can create for them. This was a stellar read.

Also on Amazon from KBW: Unflinchingly authentic memoir highlights the essential benefits of ‘choosing to become conscious’ rather than recreating familiar but toxic relationship patterns following an abusive childhood. Malloy engages the reader right away with the wise-soul-like voice of her younger self, clever use of symbolism and tone of familiarity. Her therapeutic journey towards ever greater open-heartedness was inspiring in its vulnerability. An especially engaging read for those who have been raised by a narcissistic parent. Hard to believe this is the author’s first go. Looking forward to what she offers us next. I was captivated!

By Marcia Gabriel of the Raconteur’s Writing Group: In my view, her book draws the reader in and holds him or her in suspense until finding out what has happened and its aftermath.

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