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A Beautiful Girl Paperback – April 7, 2011
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About the Author
Cassandra Ulrich was born on the beautiful island of St. Croix, United States Virgin Islands, located east of Puerto Rico. Living in the tropics fueled her imagination and day dreams. For years, she wrote poetry and entered competitions. However, only many years later did she discover joy in writing stories longer than a few pages. She published her first young adult novel, “A Beautiful Girl”, in April 2011. The inspirational novel has already touched many hearts ranging from teens to adults. Her second novel, “Love’s Intensity”, is a teen paranormal romance and was released on July 11, 2013. Her third, “Billiard Buddies”, a New Adult romance novella, was released on May 24, 2014. On June, 25, 2014, she published/released “Real Purpose: You Are Special”, poetry written while in high school and college. She released “Life Experienced” later that summer. On June 25, 2016, she published/released two more poetical compilations: “Encouraging Through Sharing: A Christian’s Perspective” and “A Love Gift”. She also has two manuscripts in contract with Wild Child Publishing, Culver, CA.
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The story is about a young girl who lives with a sexually abusive step-father. He has been molesting her with the knowledge of her battered mother and now threatens to rape her on her eighteenth birthday. He keeps, as most abusers do, a tight rein on Sara. He knows where she is most of the time and controls her through fear and intimidation. Moving into a new town, Sara meets Rick in school. As their relationship develops, Sara learns to trust others and reach out for help. The climax is both fast-paced and heart-rending. I found the book an easy read, and yet profoundly disturbing.
The subject matter of childhood sexual abuse is important and eye-opening. There are so many children who find themselves in similar circumstances who would benefit from this novel. I believe this work would help them see that they are not alone. It might encourage them to reach out for help and step beyond the fear that the abuser uses to control them. It is also an important work for those who do not have abuse in their background. They might learn to understand the psychology of the abused and how to help them. All in all, this is an important insight and a wonderfully written novel. I highly recommend reading it and I am looking forward to future works by this talented author!
Cassandra captures the essence of the emotions of the girls who may relate. So freeing to know that we are NOT alone and there is healing waiting for us to receive.
Seriously, buy a copy and then gift a copy for a teen in your life. You all will be blessed.