Blurb; A story of a boys trauma through neglect and abuse. A forgotten child that survived and built a life of love and a family of his own.
A story of justice, of hope and of healing.
My Review; This is a true life, short story. I found it an emotional and hard read! It is not an easy book to read. Without Consent does contain child abuse and rape which are very sensitive and upsetting subjects but which sadly still happen in this day and age! It also highlights how many people hide or don’t come forward after being abused or raped no matter what gender.
This story does have very dark and graphic parts which can make the reader feel uncomfortable however, the author wants the reader to know his story and know exactly what he went through! I understand this book may not be to all readers tastes due to the subject within but the author does highlight how much we should all protect children, talk to children and listen to children. I awarded four stars… Links are below if you’re interested.
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Blurb; Jesika is four and a half.
She lives in a flat with her mother and baby brother and she knows a lot. She knows their flat is high up and the stairs are smelly. She knows she shouldn’t draw on the peeling wallpaper or touch the broken window. And she knows she loves her mummy and baby brother Toby.
She does not know that their landlord is threatening to evict them and that Toby’s cough is going to get much worse. Or that Paige, her new best friend, has a secret that will explode their world.
My Review; This story will tug at your heartstrings and will probably be very different from what you usually read. Home is told through a child called Jesika who is four years old, which some readers may find hard to read due to the child’s dialogue but as a mother to a toddler myself I had no problem reading this story.
Home will make you open your eyes to a child’s perspective of life and your actions towards them which I am sure we can all learn and relate to especially us parents. I fell in love with little Jesika from the beginning. I found Ryan’s character very shifty from the start and then I started to really dislike him.
This can be a challenging read to many readers, but it is a lovely story overall with a perfect, happy outcome. Very cleverly written through the point of a child. I would highly recommend. It also highlights how many children do face poverty which is what Jesika had to go through and beyond. Not what our children should have to face so young. A powerful story, a well deserved four stars.
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Blurb; A triumphant story about love, loss and finding hope–against all odds”. We looked down at the cliff jutting into the sea, a rubber boat full of kids going under the arch, and then you started running and jumping through the grass, dodging the rabbit holes, shouting at the top of your voice, so I started chasing you, trying to catch you, and we were laughing so hard as we ran and ran, kicking up rainbow showers in the leaves.”Rob Coates feels like he’s won the lottery of life. There is Anna, his incredible wife, their London town house and, most precious of all, Jack, their son, who makes every day an extraordinary adventure. But when a devastating illness befalls his family, Rob’s world begins to unravel. Suddenly finding himself alone, Rob seeks solace in photographing the skyscrapers and clifftops he and his son Jack used to visit. And just when it seems that all hope is lost, Rob embarks on the most unforgettable of journeys to find his way back to life, and forgiveness.
My Review; Before I even started this story I knew it was going to be a heart breaking and tear jerking story, which is based from true events. We Own the Sky is an emotional story that parents should never have to face. I must also mention how this story highlights the power of love and the relationship between a father and son. A story that may not be to every readers taste due to individual circumstances but a beautiful story. One that will remain in my heart. I awarded four stars and would highly recommend to you all. The story is written well, easy to read but does contain long chapters.