The Boots My Mother Gave Me - Brooklyn James
source: 3 Year Anniversary edition review copy.
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to walk through life in someone else's shoes?
Strong-willed tomboy Harley LeBeau puts you in the boots her mother gave her, as she takes you along her journey of escape from an abusive childhood and the desire to find herself as she comes of age. Made to feel a burden to her father simply by her gender, Harley is determined to prove her worth and independence, leaving the small town she grew up in and the one boy who gave her a soft place to fall, Jeremiah Johnson. Torn between saving herself and abandoning her mother and younger sister, Harley chooses her own life in hopes they will choose theirs, too.
As my lovely readers know it takes a lot for me to get teary-eyed and emotional with a book. Only a few have managed to melt the ice surrounding my heart to allow me to crumble. This book my gorgeous book geeks has seriously shook my heart and has had me wiping my face numerous times and gulping back the lump in my throat from beginning to end. It touched me greatly.
Following a family cursed with hurt, but blessed with love moves you tremendously. Narrated by Harley LeBeau along the long road of her life, we see how physical and mental abuse can damage you into a dark world of mistrust and self loathing. We also see how it affects her mother and sister. It's a very thorough story of family life ruled by a lost man in a wicked mind caused by the hatred his mother had for him as a child and Alcoholism bought on by Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Resulting in both physical and mental abuse to the ones he loves dearly. We are opened up into a world that causes us to turn our backs upon, pretend we don't see or hear. This tale may be fiction, but by god it is real life.
I urge you all to grab a copy of this and open yourself into the small town world of the LeBeau family and their tale of music, love, friendship & hurt. I promise you, you will not be disappointed only tired because you're not putting it down once you get started.Three years this book has been around and I can guarantee it will be around still winning awards for many more years to come. Congratulations Brooklyn James on your success it is truly worthy.