It’s my pleasure to be on the first day of the blog tour for Jennifer Gilmour’s ‘Clipped Wings’ book, a book made up of many stories of domestic abuse survivors. This is an unusual book to be asked to read let alone review on the first ever blog tour I have taken part in. A worthy one though.
Clipped Wings is an emotionally charged account of domestic abuse told from many different perspectives. More than twenty survivors’ come together to spread the word and tell us about their experience. Luckily, these are the people who get to tell their story. The stories themselves are short, like something you might read in Take a Break but with a little more gravitas. Ultimately, each one is heart-breaking.
There’s also material from a male perspective. Unfortunately, there are men who also suffer domestic abuse. I’ve often seen this treated like a joke. The upshot is that domestic abuse is never funny no matter who you are. This book only highlights that it comes in all shapes and sizes and abusers aren’t always big burly drunken men.
You can feel the psychological effects even from these short stories and it becomes a grimmer tale as the book goes on. It wasn’t an easy read. You’re delving into someone else’s heartache. In their worst moments though, you can feel the desperation and the bravery that it takes to speak up and to escape systematic abuse.
This is not a book that is to be enjoyed, but it must be read. Each of these survivors deserved their own book, but for now they get to tell their stories as a collective. What a collective it is.
***** out of *****
About the author
Born in the North East, I am a young, married mum with three children. I am an entrepreneur, running a family business from my home-base and I have a large readership of other young mums in business for my blog posts.
From an early age I have had a passion for writing and have been gathering ideas and plot lines from my teenage years. A passionate advocate for women in abusive relationships, I have amalgamated and fictionalised other survivors experiences alongside my own to write my first novel detailing the journey of a young woman from the despair of an emotionally abusive and unhappy marriage to develop the confidence to challenge and change her life and to love again. I hope that in reading my debut novel, I will raise awareness of this often hidden and unseen behaviour and empower women in abusive relationships to seek help for themselves and find the confidence to change their lives.
Get this book here: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Clipped-Wings-Hear-stories-survival-ebook/dp/B076KNZJZQ