This just in~ Karen White – the narrator for this book, and in fact ALL of the titles in the Goddesses Anonymous series by Emilie Richards has a treat. Blackstone Audio has provided her with an Audio CD copy of each of the 3 titles in the series to giveaway: all you have to do is go to her blog and comment! Go to Home Cooked Books and enter – and do it soon !
There was no master plan for this review to appear just as domestic violence is in the news, in fact I had been struggling to finish and polish this review. My first encounter with the writing of Emilie Richards, and I found her characters believable and empathetic, her deft handling of the abuse and, more importantly, the path to recovery FROM the abuse was well-defined and clearly utilizes that curious mix of professional and friend support that is so important in the aftermath.
The main characters have strong and resonant voices: Jan who finally worked up the courage to take the opportunity of her abusive husband’s absence to flee: Harmony, Jan’s daughter who left the abuse and has cut off ties with her mother because of her father’s abuse and lastly Taylor, a single mother since her teen years. Jan and Harmony are the ones I most easily connected with: their rebuilding of their own lives and trying to find the footing for a new relationship, still worrying about the return of the abuser, there are some clearly delineated mother-daughter issues added to anger, guilt, remorse and the associated low self-esteem.
Taylor was a little more difficult: her story really was revolving around her learning to trust in a man again, and Adam provided that perfect balance of seeming nice guy with a huge secret that could derail the relationship and progress that Taylor has made. Remarkably free from emotional arm-twisting, Richards effectively moves between history and present-day, allowing each of the women to bring their own story forward and deal with the resulting emotions in their own time. The stories circle and weave together: each story and experience is different, but the three provide a solid overview of abuse and survivors.
Karen White provides the narration for this story, and as always her performance does justice to the words on the page. Small nuanced variations in pitch, tone and delivery present each character with a unique sound, and she uses inflection appropriately to present emotion, without overreaching or overacting.
Emilie Richards isn’t presenting a story that says domestic violence is bad – everyone is aware of that. What is less talked about, however, is the resilience of the human spirit and the hopeful tone in healing. The supportive friends, the strong friendships and the story of healing make this a not to be missed book.
Stars: Overall: 4 Narration: 4 Story: 4
Title: No River Too Wide
Author: Emilie Richards
Narrator: Karen White
Published by: Blackstone Audio
Source: AudioBook Jukebox
Audio Length: 14 Hours: 31 minutes
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Some betrayals are like rivers, so deep, so wide, they can't be crossed. But for those with enough courage forgiveness, redemption, and love may be found on the other side.
On the night her home is consumed by fire, Janine Stoddard finally resolves to leave her abusive husband. While she is reluctant to involve her estranged daughter, she can't resist a chance to see Harmony and baby Lottie before she disappears forever.
Harmony's friend Taylor Martin realizes how much the reunited mother and daughter yearn to stay together, and she sees in Jan a chance to continue her own mother's legacy of helping women in need of a fresh start. She opens her home, even as she's opening her heart to another newcomer, Adam Pryor. But enigmatic Adam has a secret that could destroy Taylor's trust and cost Jan her hard-won freedom.
A copy of this title was provided via AudioBook Jukebox for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.