Forget everything you know about fairytales. There comes a point in a woman’s life when she realizes not everyone gets a happy ending.
And no one knows this better than Lillian Shaw.
The safety of a small southern upbringing and a happy normal family couldn’t keep life from chipping away at her.
And nothing leaves its mark like the bite of a broken heart.
Blow after blow, Lillian tries to stay optimistic, but when faced with a choice that could destroy her future, she gives in to the temptation.
When your first true love comes crashing into your happily ever after, you’re supposed to walk away. Not fall back in love.
But saying no to Leo was something Lillian could never do…
Once lines are crossed is there any going back?
Or is the risk that Lillian Shaw takes going to leave her broken again…
And this time be enough to make her A Woman Gone Mad?
***Warning: This is not a shy and tender fairytale love story. It’s a raw, tragic, and gritty story inspired by true events. This book is not for the faint of heart, it contains graphic language, sex, violence, and drug use. MATURE Audiences Only. Not intended for young adult readers.***
A Woman Gone Mad is a POWERFUL read. I have heard this book is based off the authors life, if this is true, we have not only a great author on our hands, but one strong lady who deserves major applause. Every single woman has had her heart broken, shattered into tiny pieces. Lost loves, boyfriends/husbands who never ended up being what we thought they would be. Loss of a sibling, parents, children. This story validates the theory, you can play the game of who is the biggest victim in life, but the prize is never worth it.
Lil has been dealt a life that appears normal. Two parents who loved her, a little brother she adores. What is the problem right? Well the voices in her head lead her in so many directions, she is lost most of the time. First boyfriend experience ends in being kicked to the curb and then having to watch him move on. Then she meets Leo, the bad boy that her parents would never agree to, but her heart loves him. He suddenly just disappears. Moving on to Nick, who she thought was her happily ever after. They marry, have a daughter, then it falls apart.
She loses the one person who was always there for her in a tragic way and I think from that moment on, life was never real for her. It became a survival of the bravest, instead of something to go through and deal with the ups and
downs. Some from her past came back into her life, some chapters close, some are tragically ended before they were even written, but through it all Lil tried to survive the only way she knew how.
Then that day came, the day when nothing made any sense other than to end it. She had been the punching bag for life long enough. This part of the story ripped my heart out, I was sobbing as I read this. To witness when life and people had finally broken the last piece of a humans spirit, it was crushing for me. I won’t spoil the ending, but I will say I have such a profound respect for Lil and the author to have the courage to bare the soul of Lil for all to see. She took a risk that some readers will be narrow minded and not understand how a woman couldn’t bounce back from what Lil endured. I hope she finds more readers that can say I know that feeling. I know what it is like to get knocked down and think this is the final time, I don’t even have the strength to get back up any more. I hope readers will see this could be your voice at some point in life, when you don’t have the courage to ask for help. When the desire to let go of the past and move on is no longer there.
This was powerful, it was a raw and honest read. The beginning was a bit slow, but I loved that she showed the gradual progression of how a woman went mad. What seems so innocent and routine, could compound into the very thing that makes someone want to say enough, I quit. She finds out the truth of why things happen, how what parents do to protect their children, could end up being the thing that leads the child down a wrong path. I highly
recommend this book, but be prepared for the raw reality of life. This isn’t a fluffy romantic read……….this is reality.
What the hell is up y’all?! I’m Kimber, and I really freaking hope y’all enjoy AWGM! If you get a chance, throw me a review up on my FB page, www.facebook.com/AWGMbyKimberDawn
or Goodreads if you loved it! I am a whore for reviews.
Ahh… let’s see, what can I tell you about my self… Well, first of all I’m a straight up whore for many, many things. I’m a wine whore, some would say I’m a functional alcoholic, and I’m totally cool with that title. Now the day my cheese completely falls off my cracker and I lose the functional in that title, well yeah never mind. Even then I’ll deny that shit. I’m a whore for Victoria’s
Secret, no seriously, like my VS Angel’s Credit Card stays maxed out, hey, they got cool shit. I have a whole lot of hats, meaning I can be called a billon different things, daughter, wife, mother, labor unit nurse, I sell pussy on the side *coughs* that would be persian kittens, thank you you dirty minded scoundrel, I’m also compulsive blackjack addict, book blogger, book pimp, book whore, Jack Daniels is my favorite boyfriend and my biggest dream, the day I’ll acknowledge that I’ve succeeded in life and can a die a happy woman is the day I get to go two stark naked hour round sexual bouts with Jason Statham. *Sighs* I started writing poems and short stories very early in my life, you know for
the Michael’s and Leo’s and Nick’s in my life. I’ve been a book hoarder since I was eleven years old, but then a couple years ago something wonderful happened! The 50 shades of Grey craze brought to life my inner smut whore where I commenced to read anything and everything smut affiliated. When reading wasn’t enough any anymore and I noticed that so many of the authors of my favorite books weren’t getting the exposure their work deserved I turned it into a mission, starting my own blog, buying their books and reading them one by one, I then wrote my reviews for my blog and didn’t hold back in writing them. I’ve never done a single thing in my life half way, I always go all in. After the success of my Blog, and the insistence of one of my bestest friends, my sister from another mister, Trina Taylor of Bad & DirtyBooks I was ready to finally take the plunge and write the story that’s been restlessly clawing to get out of my head and onto paper for a VERY long time. I’m a southern girl to my core, a self proclaimed smut whore, and I guess now we can add aspiring author to my hat collection as well.
Tattooed across my ribs are the words I have always lived by ‘Aut viam inveniam aut faciam tibi’ Latin for: If I can not find a way, I will make my own.