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Shattered Hearts Paperback – November 26, 2015
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About the Author
Stacy Lynn Carroll has always loved telling stories. She started out at Utah State University where she pursued a degree in English. Go Aggies! She then finished her BA at the University of Utah where she obtained an emphasis in creative writing. When her first daughter was born, and with the encouragement of a fortune cookie, she quit her job and became a full-time mommy and writer. Six books and four small kids later, Stacy has truly learned the necessary skills of balance and time management. Her novel, My Name is Bryan, has shot to the top of the charts and remains a best seller. She and her husband live in Utah with their soon-to-be four children, two Corgis, and a fish named Don.
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Sarah Dunkin’s world shatters when she walks in on her husband’s secret addiction. Thrown into the world of pornography, therapy, and support groups, Sarah must find a way to forgive before she drowns in betrayal and despair. The task before her seems impossible as she struggles to care for their five children on her own. Growing up without religion in her life, Sarah is forced to make difficult choices and finds herself being drawn to a higher power she never understood. But with the help of a mysterious friend, Sarah just might be able to piece back together the life, and the love, she and her husband once shared.
This is such a powerful story. I found myself pulled right in with Sarah, right along with her feelings of betrayal and despair. I felt for her struggles doing the single parent thing but especially her fight to understand and forgive. It's not an easy place to be. Trust, once shattered, can be a hard thing to replace. The story becomes a religious one as Sarah finds God, but even if a reader isn't interested in the religious aspect, the uplifting story--in spite of the nature of the story--still has so much to recommend it.
I have a bipolar child who spend over a year in an adolescent treatment center. Many of the kids there struggled with all kinds of addiction, including pornography. One of them once said that porn is an especially difficult addiction to break because it's the one "drug" that you don't have to have in your possession to get a hit. It's all there in the mind. And so many people still deny that it's a problem.
The only thing I would mark down would be the narrating.
I love so many things about this book! The reader journeys with Sarah during her heartache and pain but also through her growth, understanding, healing and joy. It is a beautiful tribute to marriage, to the work and commitment required but also to the strength that comes through love and joint dedication to work through extreme trials. It is a book that has the ability to raise awareness and help strengthen society.
I highly recommend this book.
The story keeps you intrigued the entire time.
I loved how it all came together.
Parental guidance is suggested for a teen reader.
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