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  • File Size: 1057 KB
  • Print Length: 486 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: January 8, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00CB24VS2
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Words are beautiful and powerful. The ammunition held in a single word is infinite.

I've been writing poetry since I was in first grade. Words have always mattered to me, and it's fun to combine them into a multitude of masterpieces.

While I've written either Romance or General Fiction thus far, you'll find something unique in each one of my books. I don't own cookie cutters.

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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Kathy Reads on April 15, 2013
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This has to be one of the most intense, moving, and powerful books I've read. I am emotionally exhausted from reading In the Stillness, and I wouldn't exchange that type of fatigue for all the energy in the world. Andrea Randall has gone to the heart of PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) and self-mutilation/masochism with this true-to-life, raw, and arousing story that deals with reality -- a reality from which society sometimes turns their head or shies away from out of fear. But this is real. I've seen it. I've experienced it with some of my students. The cutting, the PTSD, the trauma ... and the fear. It's all there and it's all real. Andrea Randall has given strong issues a voice through her words, and she's let it be heard through an unequivocal stirring and honest account of two people saddled with pain and guilt.

Natalie is a mother of twins and wife to Eric, a college grad student working toward obtaining his Ph.D. While she might have the life others might covet, Natalie is completely miserable. She lives in regret, guilt, and resentment. When I first started reading In the Stillness and reading Natalie's pov, I couldn't help but have mixed feelings. I was angry at her resentment of her life with a husband who adored her, yet I understood how deeply sick she had to be in order to self-mutilate. Her cutting was her drug of choice, her way of self-medicating. It was easier than confrontation and a release of sorts. I once talked with a former student about why she cut, and she described it as a release ... her pain was released as a comfort came over her when she felt the warmth of the blood running down her skin. This is not unlike Natalie's story. Andrea Randall has certainly done her research here and expressed Natalie's pain in an honest depiction.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Erin Dauer on April 10, 2013
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"Mom--the most four-letter three-letter word I know." Damn straight.

In the Stillness was the most emotionally draining and most fulfilling book I've read in a long time, so much so that I've had a hard time organizing my thoughts and feelings into a review. I think most of it is because of Natalie. She's me. And because of that, her story was very cathartic for me and really made me step back and reevaluate myself.

In the Stillness isn't a book about cutting or a book about parenthood or a book about war. It's a journey. A journey of a girl to a woman, a boy to a man, and a woman to her true self. It's about acceptance, about change, and about emptying the guilt glass.

Because it's a journey, I think you (moms especially) have to hate Nat in the beginning, because there's a little of Nat in all of us (at least me). My love/hate relationship with Nat is just an extension of the love/hate relationship I have with myself and my own actions.

Have a box of tissues ready, you'll need them.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Erica Alyson on May 6, 2013
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WOW! The back of this book had me really really nervous. I wasn't sure if I was going to be able to tackle the subject of cutting. I had read another book by Andrea Randall and really liked her writing so I bought it the day it came out. I had to wait to see a few reviews (not the words just the ratings) because I was so nervous. The reviews from some of my favorite bloggers were amazing so I went in feet first and when I came out I felt happy.

I was nervous in the beginning. Every time Natalie cut I was made at her and deflated. I wanted to know how she could do that to her loving husband and wonderful kids and most of all herself. What I wasn't aware of going into this book was Ryker. He was my saving grace. As I went into the past with Natalie I understood how she must have felt. I have never understood cutting but this book opened my eyes. Natalie was having a rough life and it was her coping mechanism. I understand that people have different methods to cope and that made things a little more clear for me.

I liked Eric. I am not sure but a part of me still does. I know he made some bad choices but he was in a loveless marriage. That had to be hard. Everyone even the kids had though things going on in their lives, and through reading there story I was able to heal with them. I fell in love with the book and everything about it and I am so thankful I read it! Amazing and wonderfully written!!!!!!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Meg on October 11, 2013
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Everything about "In the Stillness" blew me away. The writing is raw, tense and emotional. I felt like I was smacked across the face by this book. I had to put it down a few times to seriously sit and get my emotions in check. I cried, smiled and cried some more. As a mother and a wife, Natalie is completely relatable no matter what your own relationship with your spouse may be. Every mother feels times they want to rip their hair out and wish they could change the way they feel. Sadly, Natalie is a cutter who uses this as her coping mechanism. Her addiction is strong and powerful controlling her thoughts during her most vulnerable moments.

Natalie's strained relationships with those around her show her the importance of closure. The truth may set you free once you are physically and emotionally capable of putting all the pieces together. Natalie and Ryker may never be completely healed from their internal battles. Their love is the binding force keeping them linked at the heart.

I fell in love with Max and Ollie. Having a child with a disability takes more will to keep pushing forward than most will know. There is no easy button to bail you out. I admired Natalie for using every tool she had access to in order to show her son the best life possible. My heart broke for both her and Ollie during his moments of frustration. As she sang his favorite song, I cried right along with her. A mother understands exactly what her child can't say just as Ollie understood the comfort coming from Natalie. Words aren't always necessary as actions can move mountains.

Author Andrea Randall has written a gut-wrenching, 5++ star piece of dark perfection. This is a journey of redemption, healing, loving, acceptance, and moving forward. I had a few ugly cry moments.
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