Forever Sunshine Paperback – 15 Apr 2011
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Cherisse Bridwell is young and naive, and is focused solely on finishing her college degree and beginning her career. Her life changes in one evening when her sister Shelly turns up at her home. Shelly is in an abusive relationship. Shelly's husband comes to Cherisse's home and the police have to be called, that's when Cherisse first meets Sergeant Brandon Nicholson.
With the guidance of Brandon both Cherisse and Shelly learn how to get on with their lives through the many ups and downs and trauma's they encounter.
This book begins as a story of Shelly's abuse at the hands of her violent husband and how she attempts escape and a new life. The book deals with the subject of Domestic Abuse clearly and truthfully. It really is what happens, statistics back this up. It shows how hard it is to leave, how hard it is for the children to trust again. Then it flows into a whirlwind love story, that's so tenderly written, where everything is going perfectly only to be hit by a tragedy. The book shows how the characters pick up the pieces and carry on with life. Then finally it also deals with the danger of being on the police force.
This book may be a novel but it is so true to life, it could have actually happened. Brilliant book that I read in only two sittings! i have tried so hard not to give away any spoilers in this review that the only other thing I can say is "Get that tissue box handy ladies , because with this book you will surely need it!"
Domestic violence is anathema to me and I am part of groups wanting to see the abusers having the book thrown at them by the courts. This author brought the subject into the open in the right way. Not just describing the act of physical violence but also the mental cruelty that accompanies it and the use of guilt as well as fear that takes the abused back to the abuser time after time. All too real.
To have the heroine of this story relate her own life as an observer to the abuse and the changes in her own life as well was beautifully done and I'm only sorry that reality intruded and stopped there from being a happy ending. Life is like that.
The descriptions in this book should be a standard teaching aid for social workers and the police to understand what happens during domestic abuse and much as I'd like to say they were overdone it's not true and for that reason this is a compelling story not to be missed.
Chris Thrall is the author of `Eating Smoke: One Man's Descent into Drug Psychosis in Hong Kong's Triad Heartland' - a memoir
Read this one first before the Evans series.
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