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My Secret: Memoirs of Love & Survival Paperback – October 15, 2012
About the Author
Penny Deerhill is a domestic abuse survivor with a positive outlook. As she recovered from the abuse, she overcame social challenges that were brought on by the brainwashing of her ex-husband. "You don't have to live with your secret." She said, when asked about why she wrote about her life.
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For starters, there are so many grammar and spelling errors and inconsistencies that it became very annoying. Basic things like "when" for "went", or "sonameters" for "centimeters". I know the latter is based on a common US mispronunciation, but it ain't spelled that way - I read it and was totally confused. Discretely instead of discreetly... I could go on, but basically, so many small errors, that overall they just became a huge distraction. There are also scads of misused/missing/incorrectly used apostrophes.
More irritatingly, some of the names were inconsistent: Aaron became Adam at one point, and Mike actually became Ray(!).
I also felt, in regards to the story, that many of the author's bad errors and misjudgements were glossed over, with a strong flavour of "I'm an innocent victim" over the whole story. It would be stronger if she was more honest about how many of the bad things that happened were linked to some really stinking choices she made, such as marrying for convenience (1st husband), and marrying someone she clearly hardly knew (2nd husband). Not to mention relying heavily on what she was told by a fortune teller - it reads as a case of self-fulfilling prophecy.
I think with the help of a really good co- or ghost-writer, or maybe just a really good editor, this would be a very interesting story, and the long term love story has some moments of real warmth and truth to them. Overall, though, the story is weighed down by the poor writing and too often poor storytelling.