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Brillant and realistic View into a battered woman's life...
on December 4, 2001
This was a brillant look into a battered woman's life. It showed that not all women are beaten everyday and every night by drunken husbands, but some are beaten irregularly and abused mentally as well, but its all the same. They are all battered women. This story got to the very heart of the matter and even had the reader feeling sorry for the husband and seeing through the wife's eyes how at times she couldn't help but love him madly and forgives him so many times you have to wonder what will happen.
~Robert and Lynn Ferguson are the 'perfect' couple in everyone's eyes, except Lynn's best friend, Josie, a social worker and her husband, Bruce Lehman. They suspect and know the awful truth that the couple keeps hidden.
Robert is a very accomplished businessman with the world at his feet and wants the best for his family. His two daughters strive for perfection, but cannot seem to live up to the demanding standards. Lynn tries to keep the peace in the family and has given up her life to please his unreasonable demands because she is convinced she is in love with him and he is just overworked and stressed, he doesn't mean to hit her off and on or push her around when he is feeling irritable. Don't all husbands get stressed? She can deal with it...she thinks. Until one night things get out of control and Lynn must make a heartwrenching decision that will affect her life and the lives of her daughters.
Unbelieveable story of love and heartbreak. I loved this story and how real it was. Ms. Plain got right under the skin of the characters and made you see them for who they really are. So much so that you feel sorrow for Robert and wish he could work his rage out so they're 20 year marriage can be saved. A definate worthwhile read and not what I expected. It opened my eyes to a different world. Very educational.