Surviving a House Full of Whispers [NOOK Book]

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Sharon suffered continual physical and sexual abuse from her stepfather for seven years. Unfortunately, no one would listen to her or believe her story. At age 16, she finally finds the courage to flee from her tormenters. Social Services find her the first of a string of temporary jobs between which she criss-crosses England trying to find a safe haven.
However, she cannot escape her "night devil" completely until she comes to terms with her past. Sharon's growth and recovery ...
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Overview

Sharon suffered continual physical and sexual abuse from her stepfather for seven years. Unfortunately, no one would listen to her or believe her story. At age 16, she finally finds the courage to flee from her tormenters. Social Services find her the first of a string of temporary jobs between which she criss-crosses England trying to find a safe haven.
However, she cannot escape her "night devil" completely until she comes to terms with her past. Sharon's growth and recovery from abuse and learning to accept love would be a long road to travel, taking nearly forty years to achieve. She had to learn to trust and love herself before she could another.
Faced with society's judgments against her, Sharon stood alone against the people who abused her for seven years. The truth is we don't start to heal when taken from an abusive situation; we only start to digest and relive its emotional content. Many go on to live their lives with tortured souls and an inability to trust and love their own children.
Sharon says, “Equally, many of us find the inner child that God intended; we pull that child past the empty adult left by years of mutilation of our childhood souls. I was a no-hoper, unjustly cast out into a world of desolation and loneliness that pulled at my heart like a lead weight. I self-harmed and mutilated parts of my mind and body to try and erase memories.
Eventually, I learned that healing was within me and could never be found under that largest or smallest boulder. I have walked the road of hope and desire and looked into the pool of my future. I did not want to be the mother they had raised, or the wife they had created. Slowly, I started to rebuild my life and my wish is that this book offers the same hope to you.”


Therapists' Acclaim for “Surviving a House Full of Whispers”

"This is the story of one girl's fear and battle to survive the emotional traumas and deprivation of her past. I can thoroughly recommend this book which will help anyone who is, or has, suffered abuse."
--Lynda Bevan, author “Life After Betrayal”

"A very honest account, and a very accurate view of the feelings, thoughts and behaviors of people traumatized in childhood and youth. If you suffered in childhood, or are in a helping position to those who have, then you must read this book."
--Robert Rich, PhD, author “Cancer: A Personal Challenge”
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Editorial Reviews

Lovitt - Paige Lovitt
I found Sharon's story painful to read. It is horrible that both the family and the whole system would fail to protect an innocent child from abuse. It was heart wrenching to feel the pain that she was experiencing. I was so happy when she found a wonderful man to love her. I truly feel that people experiencing abuse, survivors of abuse, abusers and people who work with these people, should read "Surviving a House Full of Whispers." Sharon's story needs to be read, so that people learn from it.
Drake - Danelle Drake
Sharon's story is one that needs to be read. Read by survivors of abuse, by abusers themselves, and by those who thought they had never been touched by abuse. Everyone in some way, thru a friend or relative, co-worker or acquaintance is affected by abuse. People need to open their eyes wide and when they think they may know someone in a situation such as Sharon's it is their responsibility to step in where others do not. Sharon broke her cycle of abuse, thru grit that many do not possess.
Paige Lovitt
I found Sharon's story painful to read. It is horrible that both the family and the whole system would fail to protect an innocent child from abuse. It was heart wrenching to feel the pain that she was experiencing. I was so happy when she found a wonderful man to love her. I truly feel that people experiencing abuse, survivors of abuse, abusers and people who work with these people, should read "Surviving a House Full of Whispers." Sharon's story needs to be read, so that people learn from it.
Danelle Drake
Sharon's story is one that needs to be read. Read by survivors of abuse, by abusers themselves, and by those who thought they had never been touched by abuse. Everyone in some way, thru a friend or relative, co-worker or acquaintance is affected by abuse. People need to open their eyes wide and when they think they may know someone in a situation such as Sharon's it is their responsibility to step in where others do not. Sharon broke her cycle of abuse, thru grit that many do not possess.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940011839139
  • Publisher: Modern History Press
  • Publication date: 11/15/2010
  • Series: The Whispers Trilogy , #2
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 168
  • File size: 876 KB

Meet the Author

Sharon Wallace is 52-year-young and lives in England with her Husband Michael. Due to her reactions against a childhood filled with violence and sexual abuse, she achieved very little in an academic capacity in her younger years. But her life experiences have given her a wealth of understanding toward others in need, compassion being the major foundation she learned to build her adult life on. She has several pieces of poetry published in the media and online. She is also a keen photographer.
Sharon wrote her biography hoping to help others understand their reactions to certain situations when others see only a nuisance or aggressive adult. A child reacts to a situation – the situation never reacts to the child! "Surviving A House Full Of Whispers" is her 2nd book in the "Whispers Trilogy". She has completed the third book already and it is ready to be published.
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  • Posted September 14, 2010

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    Memoir Reveals How Childhood Abuse Requires Adulthood Coping

    "Surviving a House Full of Whispers" is the second book in a proposed trilogy of memoirs by Sharon Wallace. Following "A House Full of Whispers," the story picks up just minutes after where the last book left off-with sixteen-year old Sharon escaping through the woods where her stepfather chased her with the intent to rape and probably murder her for revealing the truth to the police and her family that he has frequently visited her at night and sexually abused her.

    Sharon makes her way to Social Services, but she receives little help from them. They refuse to believe her stories of abuse, but they do find her work. Eventually, she learns how to support herself financially, but coping with her abuse, as this entire book proves, is a long-term lesson she will learn throughout her adulthood. Even when things in her life seem to be going well, she still finds herself tormented by the memory of her abuse and the frustration that her own brother, himself physically abused by her stepfather, will not believe her accusations of sexual abuse. Worst of all, her own mother deems her a liar despite having seen her stepfather coming out of Sharon's room at night.

    The result of such dysfunction makes it difficult for Sharon to love or trust; she inflicts abuse upon herself, scratching herself to release the toxins from the touch of her stepfather-the "night devil"-from her body, and also by making herself vomit after each meal, an eating disorder resulting largely from how her mother would starve her for days at a time.

    Sharon continually doubts herself as new experiences come into her life. She has considerable difficulty trusting a man not to hurt her. As she says at one point, "It's difficult to overcome and to believe anyone can love you if your own parents do not love you." Yet she does get married and have children. When her first son is born, she is resolved to give him a better life than what she knew, promising, "I am not always going to get it right, but I promise no one will ever hurt you. I will stand by you for the rest of your life. I will give my life to protect you, and there will be no secrets between us and no pain."

    Just as things in Sharon's life appear to be going better, another struggle and more dysfunction within her family always seems to arise. She finally locates her biological father, but the experience lacks the love she dreamed of experiencing. Her mother finally admits she knew about her stepfather's behavior, but while Sharon wanted to be believed, she is also left wondering how her mother could have sided against her, preferring to be in denial. Sharon even finds herself caring for her brother's children when he is accused of murder. And perhaps worst of all, she is forced to battle cancer. She is also continually restricted by the fears that still arise from her past, and when a doctor, against her orders, gives her a full hysterectomy while she is asleep, past emotions spring back to life as she feels the same sort of violation she experienced as a child at her stepfather's hands-that a man did as he pleased with her body while she was unable to defend herself.

    Through these and many other telling incidents, "Surviving a House Full of Whispers" proves itself an amazing survival story.

    - Tyler R. Tichelaar, Ph.D. and author of the award-winning "Narrow Lives."

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  • Posted September 3, 2009

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    A voice for surviving child abuse

    Surviving a House Full of Whispers gives witness to Sharon Wallace's life now and her life as an innocent child abused by her step father. Sharon is brutally honest in her description of what happened, how she coped and how it has effected her and even the family her and husband Mike created with five beautiful sons. Through it all Sharon did more than survive, she began to understand and reach out to others who were also abused. Though the family that she grew up in remains fractured she lends a helping hand when she can, still hoping for that connection that all child desire - to be loved and to love. This book is an excellent resource in understanding child abuse and will give hope to those who are traveling the same road.

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  • Posted June 2, 2009

    Compelling!!

    I was so excited to learn this book had been published! I could not wait to read what happened to her after her terrifying escape from her abuser. I was not disappointed. From start to finish it was a fantastic read. Upsetting, often, shocking, always, depressing and sad, many times, but the author has an amazing sense of humor which I'm sure helped carry her through the roughest of times. It describes in detail how she struggled to survive and overcome the horror that was her young life.

    It relates how she eventually learned to love and trust a man and have a family to love her. She is also brutally honest about the aftermath of the destruction she survived and what consequences she suffered due to her dramatic childhood. It made me cry, it made me laugh. It empowered me as well, being a survivor myself. It helped me understand myself better and to know that I am not alone in this struggle to overcome.

    I have such high admiration for this author and all that she has been through and not only survived, but went on to write about her life story and has helped and will continue to help many, many others. A must read!!

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    Posted June 2, 2009

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    Could not place down

    I read this book in two sittings and my admiration for the Author over whelmed me. A young girl against all the odds survives the most appalling childhood abuse. To become a good mother-wife- and friend to many. Sharon battled the enemies to become a person any one would be proud to have as a friend. I believe her story will inspire many and give hope to thousands. This book is well written and a must for any one working with victims of abuse. It helped me to understand why some may act in a rebellious way.

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