Thanks to Sharon

My thanks to Sharon Greer for this honest review of my book, Hidden in The Shadows, Never Give Up…..

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Book review of Hidden in the Shadows Never Give Up

By Patricia E. Day

Submitted by Sharon Y Greer

The title of this book grabbed my attention because it immediately conveyed a sense of mystery which piqued my curiosity.

I found this to be an informative and interesting story dealing with the highly emotional, largely hidden topic of Wife Abuse and the sense of helplessness, guilt, shame, and fear that surrounds it.

The Prologue sets the stage for this theme and leads naturally into the first chapter which introduces the reader to the main character, Priscilla, as well as the background for the story.

As the story unfolds one sees other characters through the eyes of the writer and a sense of involvement in the issues begins to develop.

Many questions come to mind as one wonders what experiences could create the callous chilling attitude and actions displayed by the abuser, Adrian, toward someone he claimed to love and eventually married and raised a family with. The possible causes of such a mindset might have been explored in more depth to give the reader some of the warning signs that lead to the creation of an abuser.

We clearly see examples and ensuing results of the trauma experienced by Priscilla, but I am left wondering how none of these abusive actions was evident to her sons. It would seem their Mothers bloody lip caused by a blow from Adrian might have raised some questions. Also the sense of tension between their parents, and their father’s continual ‘put downs’ of their mother must have been noticed, especially by the older boy.

The story offers many helpful suggestions to assist women suffering through abusive situations. The power and Control wheel depicted at the end of the story supplies abused women with warning signs, and the chapter entitled “Be Prepared” clearly outlines information to victims of abuse who may feel too helpless to form a plan to escape their tormentor.

Well worth the read.

Patricia

Check out Sharon’s website……………

Sharon Y Greer
Author:
An Angel Before Me
See You in the Morning
Whispers of Love
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Rabbit Stew

Sitting outside, enjoying a warm evening, my husband and were entertained by the antics of rabbits in the garden.

Mother rabbit began bringing her tiny family (three babies) into our garden this past week.  Such adorable little bundles, they were hardly able to walk when we first saw them.

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Last evening the mother rabbit came out again.  She was feeding not too far from where we sat; obviously not perturbed by our presence.

Suddenly, a flurry of movement revealed wee bundles beside her.  The babies began foraging in the flower bed, with mother watching closeby.

A young squirrel decided to join them, which irked the mother rabbit for a while.  She was very protective of her babies, and kept chasing the squirrel away.  It, however, was determined to stay.

One time, she actually swatted at it until it ran up a nearby tree; but it was not deterred. Mom was obviously in a ‘stew’ as the intruder would not leave.   Time passed.  They were in the garden for close to an hour.  Mom checking on her babies constantly.   DSC01111

To us, it appeared that the squirrel just wanted to play.  We weren’t sure how this episode would play out, having never witnessed this kind of behaviour before.

The squirrel would chase the babies, much to their protective mother’s consternation.  Eventually though, she seemed to accept that it meant no harm, and staying close she allowed it to interact with the bolder baby.

Quite an entertaining evening, and definitely a delightful end to our evening sit in the garden. DSC01116

Patricia