“Burnt Edges is based on true events and proves that strength can be found even in the most horrific situations.”
-Back Cover, Burnt Edges
Abuse, whether physical or verbal is a situation that many children encounter every day in their lives at the hands of their parents. In Burnt Edges, Laurel, older brother Rusty, and younger brother Gerry all fall victim to physical and verbal abuse at the hand of their father Bob. It was rare that the children did not live in fear if things went wrong at home, which did not take much for Bob to attack physically or verbally to handle the situation.
Laurel shares her personal story she and her brothers endured as children growing up in the 1960’s Southern California. After graduating from high school, Laurel moves out of the house to begin her new life as a young adult. Laurel has complications when becoming pregnant was not in her immediate plans and makes a decision that surprises everyone, including herself.
It takes courage for a person to share their story of abuse at any time in their lives, young or old, and Dana has done just that. She explains in a very simplistic way the events that happened to her, how situations shaped her, and decisions she made for her life. This book is not overly descriptive concerning the physical abuse Laurel went through but the gist of it is there. For some, the subject matter may be uncomfortable but is worth the read.
I received this book free from Dana Leipold through the Masquerade Book Tour reviewer program in exchange for an honest opinion in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission Guidelines.