This is not the first Viviane Brentanos book I have read, so I've got some high expectations of her work.
In the past I've sat in the wings, an eager child waiting for the next installment from an author I loved only to be deeply disappointed...would that happen here?
A LITTLE CRUSHED exposes the darker elements deeply embedded in the human psyche when violence has claimed ownerhip over more than the scabs and spidery silver scars one sees reflecting back from the outer shell we have no choice but to let the world see.
Strip away the layers of tremoring flesh and the real scars, the ongoing elements of pain percolate...waiting like a time bomb to explode beyond the tenuous walls built up to contain them.
Rebecca Harding, eighteen, survived the unspeakable, but the cost of "pretending" she's recovered from the cacophony of mired emotions is taking its toll.
Max Jackson, nine years her senior is about to become her teacher and the catalyst for erecting the bridge between her past and her future.
Immediately Rebecca's hackles rise and two very determined heads begin butting.
Survivors of violence against women and children have a long legacy of residual pain that very few can begin to understand let alone articulate. Viviane Brentanos pulls aside the layers, letting all of us see the difficult process of recovery. She shows us with unadorned realism the safe guards and bulkheads victims erect to protect their fragile psyches from ever being vulnerable again, and what it takes to tear them down and build true foundations of healing.
This is a love story...one that wages an uphill war with the memories of violence and the longing for "normal".
I will not do "spoiler" and give away any of the story's impact. To do so would be unfair to Ms. Brentaons and you, the potential reader. However, I would be remiss if I gave this powerful book anything less than
FIVE GOLD STARS.
I promise the story will haunt you, enrich you, and enthrall you long after you've read the last line.
A LITTLE CRUSHED is available at Muse It Up Publishing, Amazon.com and where the best of tomorrow's classics can be found today.