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No Fourth River. A Novel. Based on a True Story. A profoundly moving read about a woman's fight for survival. Paperback – November 20, 2017
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Gripping, inspiring, harrowing and uplifting.
A real page-turner of a book. A true story of survival and triumph. Intensely honest, powerful and well written. Physical and sexual abuse, deceit, family betrayal, promiscuity, fear and loathing. Under the glittering surface of the diamond trade darkness and despair lies. An inspiring journey from shame and brutality to triumph and success. I highly recommend reading this book. David on Amazon.com
You won’t want to put this down!
From the very moment I began reading No Fourth River, I was hooked. The fact that this is a true story makes it that much better. The hardships that Christine faced in her lifetime are almost impossible to imagine, but being a part of her journey in this compelling life story really makes you feel like you are there in the moment with her. Christine has a unique way of telling her story that captivates the reader to the very last word. I look forward to reading it again! Amanda on Amazon.com
Riveting Read! Eye-opening and inspiring
The harrowing tale of a woman’s journey surviving shocking abuse. On my bookshelf to read again.
I finished this book within 2 days, simply because I needed to know how it all ends for Christine!
It is one of those books that sucks you in and you live through Christine’s story along with her. The writing is immaculate.
I will not include any spoilers, but let me tell you that although what happens in the beginning riles up negative emotions, like anger and shock, it gives the 2nd half of the book even more impact.
You do want to finish this book, because the author does not just share her story, she shares the reasons and lessons from her story. Zee Sharp on Amazon.com
Moving and inspiring
The emotional and physical abuse endured by the writer is truly harrowing and I found reading some sections hard. However, this book very quickly draws you in and keeps you at Christine’s side. I needed to know not only what happened but how she survived the massive damage done by those who should have loved and nurtured her. This is a truly inspiring survivor's tale and the book is remarkable in terms of its honesty and its total lack of self-pity or sentimentality. An absorbing and worth-while read that vividly illustrates the deep and astonishing healing qualities of real, true love! Selwyn Adelson on Amazon.com
A truly inspiring and authentically written book
What a truly inspiring and empowering read! I read this book in two days I couldn't put it down. Christine's story resonated with me on many levels, especially in the way she was able to move beyond her past and become a successful woman despite everything. Christine shows you that with faith and belief the the impossible is possible and that we can move forward despite the happenings of life. She truly is an inspiration and her story not only reads as a novel, but also is intertwined with solid advice and suggestions on how to get from where you are to where you want to be. She is a pillar of hope, of true determination and persistence and imparts the same on her readers. A fantastic book, which I can highly recommend to anyone who is tied in their past or current situation - you can make that decision. You can move beyond your fears and perceived limitations. Christine Clayfield shows you that yes, you can! Diana Blanco on Amazon.co.uk
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The second half is uplifting as the author speaks of how she has cried a river for three different injustices but there will not be a fourth. I enjoyed reading about her triumphs and the happiness she found.
Five stars for excellent writing but also because she made me think about my own life. It related to me on many areas- like fearing failure, never feeling quite good enough, and I think many of us have suffered some kind of abuse in our lives, so I liked her encouraging message.
The boarding school Christine attended was not much better. It was a system of endless humiliation and abuse.
Growing up with these burdens, Christine reached a turning point where she knew things needed to change, and she took control of her life. Readers will cheer her on as they discover how she overcame many years of feeling powerless and not good enough to become a successful businesswoman.
Dysfunctional families are a complex web that continues to affect people even into adulthood. It was really interesting to see Christine's relationship with her father impact every part of her life, even though she left home intending to be free of his influence. Whether we like it or not, our parents make us who we are to a great extent. Ironically, Christine became driven and successful in business, just like her father.
Throughout the book, she describes some truly disturbing scenes, but what keeps you reading is knowing she survived in the end. This book is a real inspiration for anyone who has suffered from abuse, or anyone who simply wants to make a change in their life. It shows that once you resolve to change, things can only get better.
The writing has an air of sincerity about it that I've seldom seen. In particular the more visceral scenes come across in a rough, almost unedited fashion that feels a bit like extracts from a private journal. This is one of the strengths of the book, whilst also being its greatest flaw. It regularly leads to moments of repetition, often within the same paragraph. It sometimes feels like the author just really wants to smash a particular idea into the mind of the reader, and went about it in a less-than-subtle fashion. Saying that, I would not choose to risk accidentally losing the vibrant truthfulness inherent here by trimming away too much of the text.
There's a kind of "self help" vibe to the story that comes across so effectively when framed in this true story of someone overcoming realistic, identifiyable hardships. I felt especially engaged by the parts to do with her abusive husband as I've known many people who have been in similar situations. I'll most likely be recommending this book to them as I think it does a great job of demonstrating that there is always hope, there is always light at the end of the tunnel, as long as you don't give up trying.
As a side note, I would genuinely like to meet the "character" of Richard as he sounds like really great guy.
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