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Cruel Harvest: A Memoir

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3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

This is a story of survival written by a child who grew up a lot

This is a story of survival written by a child who grew up a lot faster than a child should and experienced the raw and cruel face of life like few people do. It is a sad and hopeful story and I feel like words can’t do it justice.

I loved it, it is a story that ...
This is a story of survival written by a child who grew up a lot faster than a child should and experienced the raw and cruel face of life like few people do. It is a sad and hopeful story and I feel like words can’t do it justice.

I loved it, it is a story that shocks and terrifies but I loved how in the end Love always finds a way to give hope and restoration to a broken and lost soul, and that’s exactly what this book is about. I admire and truly appreciate the author’s courage to open up with her life story, I can only imagine how hard that must have been.

What I liked the most about this book is that in the middle of the terrifying pages of it you can find little pieces of hope and prayers of a child who knew, in the middle of life’s darkest circumstances, in her heart that there was a God somewhere, a good, caring and loving God:
:: She assured me that one day I would learn to read. Until then, I could make up words that were good and pretend I was talking to God. So I read what I thought the page would say. “God is with me every day,” I read. “I am not alone. God knows who I am and He cares when I am hungry or afraid. God looks down from heaven and He sees all the children who need Him.”::

posted by BiancaTCBT on August 1, 2012

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1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

Cruel Harvest: A Memoir by Fran Elizabeth Grubb, is a true graph

Cruel Harvest: A Memoir by Fran Elizabeth Grubb, is a true graphic account of the physical, emotional and sexual abuse that a woman endured as a young girl at the hands of her disturbed, murdering, abusive pedophile father. While I found this a well written book, person...
Cruel Harvest: A Memoir by Fran Elizabeth Grubb, is a true graphic account of the physical, emotional and sexual abuse that a woman endured as a young girl at the hands of her disturbed, murdering, abusive pedophile father. While I found this a well written book, personally I would have preferred not to read this book, as I did not expect to read such a graphic account of abuse endured by a young girl. Even though this book is endorsed as an inspritational account of hope and forgivness in the midst of depair, I simply found the book too disturbing. Rather than finding enlightement, I was simply angered at the injustice. As a reader, I was stirred with righteous anger and a desire to see the abusive man recieve justice- in fact I finished this book in less than a day just for the sole purpose of seeing some justice. But in the story, that never happened.

In the end of the book, Frances eventually musters the strength to forgive long after the death of her father Broden, when she is confronted with finding his unmarked grave. I felt that this "forgiveness" was forced by her well intentioned but meddling husband. Personally, I found Frances' husband Wayne, to be a kind hearted busybody -who was the catalyst in Frances' reuninion with her siblings as an adult and in eventually seeking out her father's unmarked grave.

Unbelievably there was just not enough evidence despite the fact that he constantly beat his wife almost to the point of death, murdered his own infant daughter and abused his children. Through no fault of various kind hearted concerned neighbors, social services, and law enforcement agencies, there was never enough evidence to convict the criminal and to protect the children that were abused and neglected. The "mother" figures in Frances' life, were basically enablers that enabled the father to continue abuse and even murder. Eventually Frances took on the role of enabler as she remained silent despite the number of opportunities to break free. Even despite the number of opportunities presented for the wife and children to break free, Frances' mother remained silent, as well as Frances- in the grip of dependancy and fear. It is no suprise, when as an adult, one of Frances' younger brothers refused to be reconcilled with her. Frances would also see her step mother transform from a strong willed, spirited woman and eventually succumb to the hopelessness and the role of enabler that her biological mother had been. The abused mother and children protected the father from jail despite investigations at the hands of the authorities. There were too many loose ends in the story that were not resolved such as the whereabouts ofFrances' mother as well as her stepmother, younger stepsister and half brother. I completed this story feeling angered at the lack of justice and simply not understanding why Frances would go through the trouble of purchasing a grave marker for Broden's unmarked grave. To me, that seemed like a continuation of the cowering, enabling attitude that allowed the abuse to continue as long as it did in the first place. Unless you are a psychology student studying abnormal psychology and abuse, I would not reccomend this book. Its graphic nature and lack of satisfactory resolution, obscures any possible inspiration. As a blogger for booksneeze I recieved this book from Thomas Nelson publishers for the purpose of writing this review.

posted by PJtheEMT4 on August 1, 2012

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  • Posted August 1, 2012

    This is a story of survival written by a child who grew up a lot

    This is a story of survival written by a child who grew up a lot faster than a child should and experienced the raw and cruel face of life like few people do. It is a sad and hopeful story and I feel like words can’t do it justice.

    I loved it, it is a story that shocks and terrifies but I loved how in the end Love always finds a way to give hope and restoration to a broken and lost soul, and that’s exactly what this book is about. I admire and truly appreciate the author’s courage to open up with her life story, I can only imagine how hard that must have been.

    What I liked the most about this book is that in the middle of the terrifying pages of it you can find little pieces of hope and prayers of a child who knew, in the middle of life’s darkest circumstances, in her heart that there was a God somewhere, a good, caring and loving God:
    :: She assured me that one day I would learn to read. Until then, I could make up words that were good and pretend I was talking to God. So I read what I thought the page would say. “God is with me every day,” I read. “I am not alone. God knows who I am and He cares when I am hungry or afraid. God looks down from heaven and He sees all the children who need Him.”::

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 3, 2012

    I am not one of those people who sits down and devours a book i

    I am not one of those people who sits down and devours a book in record time. So the fact that I read "Cruel Harvest" within three days says something about the book. Granted, if you're looking for a happy read, this is not a stellar choice. But if you're interested in reading a story about overcoming rough circumstances, then this is an excellent choice.

    "Cruel Harvest" details author Fran Grubb's childhood with a father who physically, mentally, and sexually abused her and several of her siblings and her mother. She details a life of povery, moving from one crop picking job to the next and how alcohol consumed her father's life and stole the author's chance for a happy childhood.

    The author does touch on how she remained faithful to God throughout her tumultuous upbringing, but I wish she would have discussed this relationship a bit more. Otherwise, this story consumed me as soon as I started reading it. Note: I received a review copy of this book from the publisher, Thomas Nelson.

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  • Posted August 27, 2012

    This book is a great story of the power of the human spirit and

    This book is a great story of the power of the human spirit and how you
    can get through things if you just have Hope... Hope of a better life
    got the author terrible things that i could not even begin to imagine..
    It was a great story about how ultimately she was able to overcome---
    because she found hope in Him.

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