Darkness Before the Dawn Paperback – December 16, 2014
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“I just finished reading “Darkness before the Dawn” the debut title from author Dawn Miller. I have to admit that I came with a certain amount of prejudice before reading this novel. I know of Dawn personally and consider her a great friend and even an “adopted sister.” You know how sometimes you think you know someone? How you naturally assume certain characteristics because you share a few details or insights with a friend? Well I can honestly say that I had no idea of who Dawn Miller was until I read this book! Honestly? I am awed by what I have read.
As man I can’t speak to maintaining the pressures that women do. Bearing children? Being the sole care provider to innocent children? Having someone physically attack you and rip away your sense of trust in yourself? I don’t have a clue, nor I do I think a man can understand exactly what it means to be physically, spiritually and emotionally abused. But Dawn paints such an eloquent and elaborate portrait of her pain that you would have to be an emotionally castrated to not feel what she’s gone through. It’s more than pain that she has survived, it’s a complete devastation of the human psyche that she has gone through. I have no idea how she could have survived it but miraculously she did.
Scratch that. I know exactly how. Dawn’s ability to be honest with herself as well as her readers shows the depths and resiliency of her beautiful spirit. She may be knocked down but she is never knocked out. You can tell that with each page and degradation, the part of her that was always there (although numbed by such abuse) grew stronger to the point that it would no longer stay buried and that is the part that is so beautiful. Once her fighting spirit is restored, you know that she is not only going to survive her experiences, but she actually grows from them.
The less said about the “villain/antagonist” of this book the better. If you’ve ever read the book “I, Tina” or watched the movie “What’s Love Got to Do with it?” Then you will understand that the Ike Turner fan club has a new president! I will also say that as a man, I wish to apologize because he is SO not what a man is about. He is the culmination of what is wrong with many of todays so called men. He has not had a clear example of what manhood should be about and much to his detriment he has lost a rare gem & even egregiously robbed himself and his sons the opportunity to see what a man is truly about. Due to the fact that nature abhors a vacuum,
It is safe to say that these young boys will grow into manhood because they have seen an example of what NOT being a man is truly about.
In closing I will say this about Dawn Miller & her stunningly beautiful (and graphic) debut. A caterpillar is not considered beautiful prior to its cocoon stage. It stumbles its way and then enters its shell hidden from the entire world. When it finally emerges from its chrysalis it completely enthralls the world with its innate beauty and gift of flight. That’s what Dawn Miller is, a beautiful butterfly that is now ready to stun the world with its beauty and natural ability to soar the Heavens. I am so glad to see her stunning colors up close and will watch with genuine rapture as she floats every upward into a limitless sky.”
That is exactly what I thought when I finished reading author Dawn Miller's book DARKNESS BEFORE THE DAWN. It takes you into a life that no one should have to endure and reveals the strength she was able to realize inside herself and the value she was able to see in her life.
Dawn, like so many of us, had everything that she knew questioned and threatened, but she was able to get from under the darkness and let the light in. It's not an easy journey for any of us, but it is a necessary one if we are going to be able to survive and thrive.
Definitely a book that captures your attention and your heart and reminds you to count your blessings each and every day. DARKNESS BEFORE THE DAWN allows you to see the light at the end of the tunnel.