I wasn’t sure…. in the first few pages…. if I could read this book, but I persevered and was glad I did. Really glad. I would like to recommend it to you, too.
Coming Home Again tells the story of rape, and it’s devastating aftermath, in a way that we can bear to hear the worst and still keep reading. I had to check to be sure it was fiction because it is presented in a way that feels very real. (The best stories have you doubting they are fiction.)
As mentioned, at first I didn’t think I could read this book. I was about to delete it unread but remembered there must have been a good reason why I downloaded it in the first place. So I kept reading, and I’m glad I did. I find books like this one are a positive part of my healing journey. It seems they show up at just the right time with an answer to the current question plaguing my mind. I love how that works.
T.I. Lowe gives statistics that tell us millions of Americans have been victims of rape and attempted rape. A third of them have suicidal thoughts, and more than ten percent of them have attempted it.
I think it’s important for all of us to read this kind of story because it helps to give us an understanding we may not already have. If we can understand the reason behind behaviours, the ones we probably even find offensive, it can be life changing, for everyone. Knowing more, we may even recognize abuse while there is still time to intervene. That could be life saving.
For the victim. it’s important to know they are not alone in this experience. Secrecy is a big part of the abuser’s tactic and it’s easy to believe no one else knows or cares.
I like the writing technique in this book. Details of the story are passed out in manageable bites. And in some of the more graphic places, she gives you a clear choice – to read or not to read.
This story gives us hope… there is life after abuse, we don’t have to be broken forever.
A Coming Home Again Novel – Coming Home Again book 1 – T.I. Lowe……. young teenage sisters fall prey to the wishes of a handsome, charming college age young man their mother introduces to their home. She charges him with oversight of her family while her husband works and she is off pursuing her self-indulgent lifestyle.
Savannah is distressed at the inappropriate ways this man interacts with the girls and she goes to great lengths to avoid him. Mostly it works.
Her father notices her disappearing act and is distressed by this behaviour. He tries to put an end to it but doesn’t think to ask any of the right questions about why it’s happening in the first place.
Her mom seems to be oblivious to everything, in her self absorption, and does nothing.
Then comes the horrendous weekend that changes their lives forever. Mom must have finally noticed something amiss, because on her return from vacation she sends the young man away.
It’s too little too late, the damage is already done.
At the first opportunity, the girls pack up and leave, hoping to escape the demons haunting them. After all this time away, it still feels impossible to go back to the place of unbearable memories, even to bury the loving father they haven’t seen in years.
Will they survive this reunion? Savannah has serious doubts.
This is actually a pretty upbeat book considering the nature of the subject matter. Kudos to the author for the way she handled it.
I have read several more books that touch on difficult subjects but I think I will keep them for another post.
Wishing you the very best in your journey.