- File Size: 615 KB
- Print Length: 249 pages
- Publication Date: September 27, 2011
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B005Q2MWVM
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- Word Wise: Enabled
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- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #118,032 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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1) I wasn't there, so I see no reason to disbelieve the writer unless some other information comes out.
2) Whether or not the story is true or false, here's a truth: There are people in this world that consider those that cannot help themselves (children, vulnerable adults, animals) a burden and do not care for them as they would someone they love. I've seen and experienced enough in my lifetime to know bad things happen, and the lack of love brings forth such events.
The story is about Lily, who lived with a mother and stepfather in London, and after an assault by a family member, was sent with her brother and sister to live with their father in Ireland. It didn't get much better there, as the father was often away, and the kids suffered neglect. When the community found out, they were taken in by a group of nuns and endured more hardship. When Lily grew up, she finally got away and met a man that loved her and continued to attempt to put her childhood behind her by giving her own kids the love she wasn't given.
Overall this was a compelling read that may turn away the skeptics and bring believers to tears. I liked the story, but sometimes, the truth is too hard for people to bear; so I recommend this story with a warning it's not for the faint of heart. Overall, well done, four stars!
I found this book hard to read (and I'm a high school teacher who reads my fair share of bad material)--this book jumped back and forth: the author was beaten and then the next paragrah will go on and on about "....why did I suffer this abuse?" Over and over again.
I assume this book was maybe done as part of the healing process and is in journal-format, which is why it jumped around (shaved head on one page and a few pages later, someone is dragging her by her hair). For a healing journal, it wouldn't have to be entirely accurate for the order in which things happened.
If the author had stuck to the storytelling of abuse and told it all as it was and then added a chapter at the end as a reflection to talk about how she felt about it then and now, I think it would have worked much better. A reader would have been horrified by the abuse, which really does sound awful (and shame on those nuns and anyone who looked the other way) but is instead sidetracked by the reflective comments. However, to go from a near-rape in one paragraph to three paragraphs about how no one ever treated her well and she doesn't know why; it just didn't work and left me frustrated as a reader.
This poor girl has literally been to Hell, spent a lifetime there and when she was finally pulled out of it, she couldn't understand the amount of generosity and kindness one single person showed her.
It must have been the hardest thing in the world to write this book, bringing up all those memories. You're a true survivor, Lily!!!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I read nonfiction exclusively and mostly autobiographies about abuse and foster care. While I have no doubt the author was abused, she contradicted herself several times, which... Read morePublished 24 days ago by Shae Reed
I FOUND LILY's story terribly sad. THE END WAS AS SAD AS THE BEGINNING AS SHE IS STILL SO HOPELESS. I AM PRAYING FOR YOU LILY. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Mary Jo Randall
I have never encountered such a fresh and rude child as I did in young Lily. Her delusions of grandeur are unbelievable. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
Brutally honest story about what she inexperienced and the damaging effects it had on her life as an adult. Read morePublished 7 months ago by LA
If I could, I would give it a 3.50...this is only because the manuscript could still use some editing. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Mary Celeste
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