On the surface, sixteen-year-old Lesley Holloway is just another bright new student at Hawthorn Hill, a posh all-girls’ prep school north of London. Little do her classmates know that she recently ran away from home, where her father had spent years sexually abusing her. Nor does anyone know that she’s secretly cutting herself as a coping mechanism…until the day she goes too far and ends up in the hospital.
Lesley Holloway a girl dealt a rotten hand in life, suffering the unthinkable – a survivor, a fighter. Abuse took its toll but somehow Lesley dug from deep within and prevailed by fighting her demons. She has come a long way and still struggles but never gives up and keeps on keeping on. Lesley now a young woman facing yet another unbelievable challenge, and once again she fights and struggles all the while never playing the victim.
This story is gripping and emotional. I had to keep reminding myself it’s a fictional story. I kept asking myself, how much injustice can a person be dealt in a lifetime? I wanted to climb through the book and pull Lesley from the pages and erase all her pain and anguish. I wanted to fight for her and show her all the love and support in the world. I wanted to help her find her way as she continued to muster all her strength, courage and fight within. She touches your heart and you can’t help being inspired. You will be this young woman’s cheerleader for life!
Wonderfully written, touching on sensitive subject matters with a character focusing on the present and future as opposed to her heartbreaking past. A girl that has suffered beyond belief coming of age and emerges a victorious woman on many levels. A compelling story, leaving you elated and exhausted.
Published February 4th 2014 by Washington Square Press