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My Prison Without Bars: The Journey of a Damaged Woman to Someplace Normal [Kindle Edition]

Taylor Fulks
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MY PRISON WITHOUT BARS: THE JOURNEY OF A DAMAGED WOMAN TO SOMEPLACE NORMAL is a novel based on a true story...Taylor's story.

MY PRISON WITHOUT BARS is a courageous and harrowing journey through the catacombs of hell, from the mind and voice of a little girl, living with her own monster underneath her bed. Written in first person, this novel is not a memoir, but more a psychological thriller based on true events; chronicling one woman's attempt to claw her way out of the darkness of Child Sexual Abuse, while struggling to find normal, in a not-so-normal world.

It is poignant, dark and graphic; not for the faint of heart. This novel will make you feel...



About the Author

Taylor Evan Fulks is a practicing Registered Nurse First Assistant, specializing in open heart surgery. She’s a wife, and mother of two teenage daughters, residing in southern Ohio along the banks of the Ohio River. Since the age of thirteen, she has been a prolific storyteller, always sharing her stories with others. Now, with her children almost grown, her career mastered and steady, she feels compelled to tell her own story…"My Prison Without Bars" before she can write what she truly loves…Mystery/Romance. This is her debut novel, and having a subject matter that “no one wants to read about” according to two industry editors, she is galvanized to put her story “out there” herself, and let the readers decide. "My Prison Without Bars" is Taylor’s story…her heart. Taylor is currently working on a romantic thriller, also based on a true story.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 692 KB
  • Print Length: 434 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform/ Taylor Evan Fulks; 1 edition (24 Nov. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #287,092 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Taylor Evan Fulks is a native Texan transplanted years ago to southern Ohio, on the banks of the Ohio River. She is a wife, a mother of two "almost grown" daughters, and does open heart surgery to help pay the bills. Always an avid story-teller, Taylor decided to put her pad and pen where her mouth is. "My Prison Without Bars" is her debut novel. Her writing genre of choice is mystery/romance. Even though her debut novel doesn't fall into that category, she felt compelled to start with this one, find peace, and put it on the shelf.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Nightmare Journey 5 Jun. 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
What makes this book so special is that it was penned from the authors own personal experiences.
As a youngster she was subjected to horrendous physical and sexual abuse by someone close to her and with the full knowledge of the one person who should have protected her and provided a safe haven, her mother.

She tells the story of her tortuous childhood and adolescence in a warts and all, no holds barred fashion which is dark, harrowing and haunting but utterly compelling at the same time.

She endured a nightmare journey from childhood to womanhood where she finally and deservedly found her `Someplace Normal'
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This is a tough review to write because I want to do this story justice. I was under no illusions as the book description tries to prepare you for the content but it was still very difficult to read. This book is very well written so much so that I almost forgot I was reading about someone's real life experiences.
I am in awe of the courage demonstrated by Taylor, not just for writing the story so totally honestly and in such personal detail, but for surviving such a horrific, period of sustained, sexual, physical and psychological abuse. To read the details are very difficult although necessary to truly understand what she went through and that began at such a very, young age.
It made my heart ache for the little girl and made me desperate for a happy ending but this story is the reality of the effects of horrific abuse which are made all the more worse for the total lack of intervention by anyone at all to help a vulnerable, defenceless child.
The actions and reactions of others are painfully described in this book and will make you shake your head that people can be so very, very cruel and be prepared to look the other way for themselves alone.
This book has left me wanting to reach out to Taylor to thank her for speaking out so courageously and for her efforts to raise awareness of the effects of child abuse. Hopefully it will help others understand we simply cannot look the other way. Praise to Taylor Fulks on such an honest account and for her amazing courage in surviving and sharing her story.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
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This is the author's debut novel and it is her true life story. I should perhaps mention that if you are not broad minded, if you shock and take offence easily, if you are squeamish, then maybe this isn't for you. The fact is, Taylor writes from the very depths of her heart and soul, from vivid memories of harrowing and horrifying child abuse to violent physical abuse (including rape) and deeply emotional mental abuse, which has relentlessly followed her around most of her life. She writes in incredible jaw-dropping detail - some might say there is too much information, but for me it was very appropriate, added to the suspense and kept me on the edge of my seat throughout. I had to keep reminding myself that this was not a fascinating and insightful product of the author's imagination - no, Taylor actually lived and experienced these atrocities. I felt an immense sense of guilt every time I consciously realised that I was enjoying such an addictive read - it was a dark reminder that these terrible, unfathomable, inhumane acts of torture actually happened, and I struggled with separating my enjoyment of the story from the immense hatred I felt for the `animals' who carried out such cruel and incomprehensibly vicious attacks on one sweet, wholesome, blameless girl/woman.

I could not understand how her mother lived with her conscience day in and day out knowing there was a paedophile in their home. Okay, so she booted him out but she took him back again, opening up a living hell on earth again for her little girl... and then to point the finger of blame at HER and not the abuser! Oh, that's not the half of it - wait until you read it! I was half way through the novel wondering when and if Taylor would ever be free of the abuse which came in several forms from many different people over time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Compelling Read! 9 May 2013
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It was with some trepidation that I approached My Prison Without Bars, purely because of the subject matter. It is an unflinching account of one woman's experience of sexual abuse; an abuse which began when she was little more than a baby. Fulks pulls no punches with this story, it is unrelenting and it is ugly and this is as it should be. Like all good novels, however, it is so much more than it seems. The real power of the story lies with the skill of Fulk's writing. She grabs the reader from the very first page and takes us on her journey of empowerment and self-discovery. Fulks could be forgiven if her novel resonated with self-pity but she is having none of it. Instead, her words ring with warmth and humour which engaged me so much I literally could not put this book down. Despite at times feeling as though I was reeling from what I was reading, I read My Prison Without Bars in one sitting. It's clear that for Fulks this novel is about taking ownership of and, ultimately refusing to be defined by, events over which she had no control. Reading this novel was, for me, a totally life-affirming experience. Yes, you can expect to feel anger, pain and despair but, there is equal parts hope, determination and admiration for Fulks as the story unfolds. This is a novel about the triumph of the human spirit but it is also a triumph for Taylor Fulks as an accomplished story teller.
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5.0 out of 5 stars WOW!
Absolute roller coaster. Every time you think the worst is over something comes again! At first I questioned reading this but slowly you accept that as a human you owe it to the... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Jcwannabe
5.0 out of 5 stars Honest and emotional
My Prison Without Bars is a harrowing, deeply emotional but very honest novel of physical, sexual and psychological abuse, based on true events suffered by the author as a young... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Pat O'Meara
5.0 out of 5 stars What An Amazing Woman
I am still reeling from reading Taylor's horrific experiences and as a mother myself, I cannot comprehend how her mother could be so cruel in not helping her child to deal what had... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Toya Richardson
5.0 out of 5 stars Harrowing True Story
Not surprisingly this book has I believe won several awards. It gives the reader a powerful, hard-hitting and violent insight into the world of child abuse. Read more
Published 6 months ago by He Joyce
5.0 out of 5 stars Eye Opening Page Turner
This is not a light and fluffy book but rather an eye opener from the first page to the last.

It follows Taylor through the pains of life growing up and beyond, the... Read more
Published 16 months ago by CB
5.0 out of 5 stars Harrowing
This book is a glimpse into the horrifying Childhood of the Author. No one reading this can feel comfortable, the story is horrifying and makes me angry that someone could do these... Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Remarkable
This book is remarkable on so many levels. Not only has the author survived such horrific experiences, but she has also written about them in painfully graphic detail. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Diane
5.0 out of 5 stars 'Tragic' doesn't even come close
Reading the words on the pages, I can only feel complete & utter hatred for that man. Beyond evil. If you do not want to hear gruesome details of child abuse, this is not the book... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Lisa Anne
5.0 out of 5 stars Brave woman
I could not put this book down. I felt everything for what this poor woman went through and how those close to her betrayed her
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