Tuesday, February 21, 2012

GIVEAWAY - The Source of All Things - Tracy Ross

The Source of All Things by Tracy Ross is available today in paperback.  In celebration of this the publisher is offering a copy to one of my readers.  Read the review below then leave a comment telling me why you would like to win this book.  Make sure you leave me an email address so that I am able to contact the winner.  I will choose a winner on Friday the 24th at 8:00 a.m. Eastern Time.  Good Luck

Here is a re-post of my review

Publisher:  Free Press
Pages:  304
Source:  Review Copy from Publisher
Genre:  Adult Memoir

From Goodreads:
Tracy Ross never knew her biological father, who died after a brain aneurysm when she was still an infant. So when her mother married Donnie, a gregarious man with an all-wheel-drive jeep and a love of hiking, four-year-old Tracy was ecstatic to have a father figure in her life. A loving and devoted step-father, Donnie introduced Tracy’s family to the joys of fishing, deer hunting, camping, and hiking among the most pristine mountains of rural Idaho. Donnie was everything Tracy dreamed a dad would be—protective, brave, and kind. But when his dependence on his eight-year-old daughter’s companionship went too far, everything changed.
Once Donnie’s nighttime visits began, Tracy’s childhood became a confusing blend of normal little girl moments and the sickening, secret invasion of her safety. Tormented by this profound betrayal, Tracy struggled to reconcile deeply conflicting feelings about her stepfather: on the one hand, fear and loathing, on the other hand, the love any daughter would have for her father. It was not until she ran away from home as a teenager that her family was forced to confront the abuse—and it tore them apart.
At sixteen, realizing that she must take control of her own future, Tracy sent herself to boarding school and began the long slow process of recovery. There, in the woods of Northern Michigan, Tracy felt called back to the natural world she had loved as a child. Over the next twenty years, the mountains and rivers of North America provided Tracy with strength, confidence, comfort, and inspiration. From trekking through the glaciers of Alaska to guiding teenagers through the deserts of Utah, Tracy pushed herself to the physical limit on her way to becoming whole again. Yet, as she came into her own, found love, and even started a family, Tracy realized that in order to truly heal she had to confront her stepfather about the demons from the past haunting them both. The Source of All Things is a stunning, unforgettable story about a wounded daughter, her stepfather, and a mistake that has taken thirty years and thousands of miles of raw wilderness to reconcile. Only Tracy can know if Donnie is forgivable. But one thing is for certain: In no other story of abuse does a survivor have as much strength, compassion, bravery, and spirit as Tracy displays in The 

My Review:
Forgiveness is often the hardest thing to do, yet it is also one of the most liberating things. Forgiving the man who sexually abused you is almost unheard of.  Tracy Ross has written a heart-wrenching story that takes us into the darkest part of her life.  Through her eyes we are shown her life, her pain and her survival.  Her first outdoor experiences with her step-father are the experiences she retreats to as she begins to explore and try to understand the situation.  The outdoors is her safe haven.  This is a recommended read for anyone and everyone concerned with the abuses that go on around them.

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