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SOMETIMES THINGS?NO MATTER HOW HARD A WOMAN TRIES?CAN'T BE FIXED
RUTH?from childhood to young womanhood?struggled to come to terms with her mother's often incomprehensible ways, sure that if she were good enough, tried hard enough, she would be able to save her mother from hurt and keep her family intact. If love were powerful enough, it could bring reason to the unreasonable, couldn't it?
EVAN?the man who convinced Ruth she needed more, if ...
SOMETIMES THINGS—NO MATTER HOW HARD A WOMAN TRIES—CAN'T BE FIXED
RUTH—from childhood to young womanhood—struggled to come to terms with her mother's often incomprehensible ways, sure that if she were good enough, tried hard enough, she would be able to save her mother from hurt and keep her family intact. If love were powerful enough, it could bring reason to the unreasonable, couldn't it?
EVAN—the man who convinced Ruth she needed more, if only she'd reach for it. But he never expected that his love for Ruth would be something she had to pay so dearly for.
ELIZABETH—"mother"—the keeper of secrets.
Posted December 9, 2008
Growing up in abusive home ruled by a psychotic mother Elizabeth was not easy for Ruth or her brother Roger. Out of nowhere they could by physically punished without any idea what they did. Their mom could become unhinged in a nanosecond while a moment before she was euphoric and happy. For the siblings childhood was not just an unhappy place, it was hell.--------------- As an adult Ruth realizes her mother was crazy, but that does not provide any solace to her as she trusts no one she believes Roger is probably even more unbalanced than she is. Ruth fears relationships especially loving ones as she knows that love hurts. Evan loves Ruth and tries to reach out to her with no success. Still he is there for his beloved and nudges her to open up to him though he doubts she will ever believe that he will always be there for her.------------------- This well written novel provides a deep intense and often emotional look at the impact on an adult when they were abused as a child. The graphic story line uses flashbacks to Ruth¿s mother whose detrimental personality causes seemingly non-repairable harm to her children. Readers will find Ruth fascinating as her fears will shake readers with her concerns she is a chip off the old block and should not have children. She is also afraid she will unable to walk away from an abusive relationship (sounds so simple yet so impossible). Although not for everyone, Lynne Hugo will have her audience ponder long after reading THE UNSPOKEN YEARS how the child becomes the adult.-------------- Harriet KlausnerWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.