Publication Date: May 14, 2014
As a Domestic Violence Survivor, I had kept my past a secret from many. I had put on a smile to hide my pain and kept a distance from those who I felt could see through the facade. Eventually, I realized that my emotions were bigger than I could handle on my own and I decided to finally get honest with myself and others and tell my story. http://ridingemotions.blogspot.com/
This is a book about escaping the emotional prison to find freedom. Despite what has led you to shut out those around you, this book reminds us that we are not alone.
My Ex had long been suggesting that I move in with him. He rationalized that he would be gone for a few months on another fishing trip and if I stayed there, his low rent would be covered. He insisted it was a win-win for us both. I was uneasy about this ‘moving in’ happening so soon. In fact, I never actually remember agreeing to it. He made sure it would happen . Before leaving work one day, he called to tell me he had my stuff all packed…. to surprise me! It worked, but it wasn't a good surprise. I called my landlady and yelled at her for letting him into my room. She explained that she thought it was “sweet.” I think she’s an idiot. When I got to his studio, we argued. He was so insulted by my reaction to his “thoughtfulness.” He blamed me! He told me that I was ungrateful, that I was the only one who didn't appreciate how sweet he was. Right then, I became his victim.
As a domestic abuse survivor this controlling and manipulative behavior is all to familiar. He made me believe it was my fault he hit and cheated on me. Even his being charged with attempted murder could not break his hold over me. I begged the DA to drop the charges and took him back.
I could have been spared 10 years of pain, making excuses, unreturned kindness and loyalty if I had read Love Should Not Hurt those many years ago. When I was young and inexperienced. This must read book should be given to every young girl.
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