You’ll remember that last month, after some posts about audiobooks I decided to try and feature them once a month in my blog. Although we’ll come back to the rest of Pauline’s audiobooks (people were very taken with her stories), I thought I’d bring you something quite different, for those of you interested in memoirs and true stories. I’ve heard lots of good things about this book (by all descriptions is a hard read, but some things must be said and talked about, no matter how hard) and I knew you’d be interested. Here is Taylor Fulks and her book My Prison Without Bars.
My Prison Without Bars: The Journey of a Damaged Woman to Someplace Normal [Audible Audio Edition]
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… *Warning* this novel is graphic and disturbing. It may trigger csa victims. It is intended for 18+ readers.
Here I decided to leave you a couple of reviews that you might find illuminating:
5 Stars Deneale’s Book Buzz
ByDeneale K. Williams “Deneale”on October 25, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
When I went to Taylor about reviewing her book, she warned me about it first. Giving me an escape: should I want or need one. I assured her I didn’t, and decided to read it, and also found a real soul Sister along the way as well.
Through out Twitter, as well as email, Taylor and I chatted as I read. We opened up to one another and found a lot of similarities. But, that’s not what you’re here for is it?
This book is eye opening. I have underwent so many emotions as I read, I couldn’t keep up with myself. If anyone had been watching me read, they would’ve thought I was insane. Not only do I read abundantly faster then most, I talk to myself out loud. Especially when characters um…. (How to word this professionally) irritate me. I was laughing at her word choices: “ass crack of dawn” and the fact that Taylor speaks just how she would in person as she does in this book. She holds back nothing. You can tell, your opinion, my opinion? It doesn’t matter. She just wants to teach others not to suffer as she has, to learn from her mistakes; (not that the mistakes were hers in the first place!) I also feel, that as Taylor wrote this, somehow she was hoping; like a journal “God willing” maybe it would or could help her to move on. Whether it has or not, only Taylor knows.
Taylor is a survivor. Whether or not her Mother truly even “wanted” her as a Child, only God and her Mother know, but with these words and life lessons that Taylor has and had endured, it shows us: she survived and so can we! She went through terrible things, many of them. Always surviving and striving to succeed.
In the end, at the very last chapter and the Epilogue I was crying profusely. Before that, I was dumbfounded to learn that all along, her Mother knew she was being raped and molested. In so many ways, I found it hard to contain my anger and upset with the “people” who had been in Taylor’s life.
I will tell you this: I do give the book five stars. I wish I could give it more. It was a deep and painful read. But very close to my heart. And I am truly grateful that Taylor Fulks was born and is alive today to educate us and share with us, so that others will stand up and speak out against their attackers, even if they are: “family!” Family or not, that is not love!
To Taylor: You have survived for reasons and sharing your story was and is one of them, to teach others that where there is a will~there is a way.
5 STARS WHAT A TERRIBLE AND YET WONDERFUL STORY
By WILMA CONLEYon October 9, 2014
Format: Kindle EditionVerified Purchase
MY PRISON WITHOUT BARS by author Taylor Fulks is a *****5 Star “or more” read.
Taylor Fulks bares her heart and soul here readers!!
She is an excellent writer able to take you to the depths of despair, and the heights of joy.
What a story!! I am at a loss for words.
What a woman!! Please read MY PRISON WITHOUT BARS.
You will not view the world as you did before this experience.
Thank you so. Much Taylor Fulks. Job very well done!!
Just in case you prefer the Kindle Edition:
Here a little bit about Taylor Fulks and her Amazon page:
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.
Thanks so much to Taylor Fulks for sharing her book with us, thanks to all of you for reading, and please, like, share, comment, and of course CLICK!