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Lost Edens - A True Story Paperback – August 23, 2011
Top Customer Reviews
The terms domestic abuse and domestic violence have been used to promote this book. In my opinion, these terms are inappropriately applied. If Patterson wrote anything implying her husband was abusive, I missed reading it. She reported on his behavior, without judgment or blame. She ultimately came to realize that he had emotional problems and accepted an appropriate degree of personal responsibility for the failed relationship. Without wishing to diminish the agony she experienced, based on her account, I can only understand it as the result of two misguided individuals locked in a co-dependent relationship that didn't work.Read more ›
This book is a definite must-read for any woman that even suspects she may be going through some kind of abuse. It will open your eyes wide! No one should be taken advantage of in such a way and especially not in the way of abuse no matter what kind it may be. We are all better than that and we all deserve much more!
-Kitty Bullard / Great Minds Think Aloud Book Club
Domestic violence and spousal abuse is very difficult to read about but even harder to recognize by outsiders and most often by the partner who is involved and in denial. In all of Jamie's efforts to please her husband, it becomes evident to readers that the undercurrent of low self-esteem is prevalent even though Jamie is not aware of it. As most do, she took the blame on herself but emotional and verbal abuse can be harder to acknowledge than even physical abuse. The cost of such a relationship is devastating. In Jamie's case, she had separated from her husband for a while but when he asked if he could come back, classic to this type of abuse, Jamie ignored family warnings and her own deep seeded denial. Jamie once again believes that making a perfect home in a lovely beach town will enable the couple to make things work this time. What happens after this is eye-opening to readers and Jamie alike as reality hits home in more ways than one. From Jamie's point of view, it took a long time for her to find herself and that was only after her husband was gone.Read more ›
Jamie bares her soul and tells from a personal point of view how things transpired and how she discovered she lost herself, but only after losing her husband. She writes with a raw honesty and allows the reader inside the eyes of a person with no self-worth... a person who had it when she started, but doesn't realize that she no longer feels worthy of respect and real love. She shows a woman who feels that if she just tries harder and puts more effort in her relationship, she will receive the love from her husband that she so desperately craves.
This account illustrates how much emotional abuse breaks a person and how it robs their essence. Unlike physical abuse, the scars aren't apparent. The abuse isn't even apparent to the one on the receiving end until great damage has been done. Emotional abuse makes me think of the proverbial frog in the pot - it doesn't notice the heat is being turned up until it's too late.
This emotional account should be read by everyone!
Jamie will be donating a portion of her book sales to the Institute for Human Animal Connection at the University of Denver. After reading this book and meeting Huey, one will understand why.
I received an e-copy of this book for review.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
If this book is based on a true story, then I hope the main character is getting help for her low self esteem and stupidity. Read morePublished 16 months ago by TheresaRose
Once I started reading this book I could not put it down! Lost Edens reminds me so much of several past experiences of my life! Read morePublished 19 months ago by Abigail Van Nuys
Jamie not only writes well, but is brutally honest in her storytelling. She never tries to make herself look good ,,, in fact, she holds her experiences, emotions and thought... Read morePublished on February 3, 2013 by Dan E
If you are going through a horrible breakup this book is perfect. For me it was just to sad seeing Jamie the main character belittling herself to make her worthless husband love... Read morePublished on November 4, 2012 by L. Phipps
Sometimes, the hardest review to write is one in which I love the book. I loved this book. This is a short memoir about the abandonment and betrayal of a husband written in his... Read morePublished on February 13, 2012 by AMB
Patterson's book is artfully written. Her experience in this marriage helps create an understanding for people who wonder "how can she stay with him? Read morePublished on November 21, 2011 by L. McLaughlin