Breaking the Silence

Breaking the Silence

by Diamante Lavendar


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Based on a true story, Breaking the Silence is the winner of numerous awards, including the Pinnacle Book Achievement Award and Mom's Choice Gold Medal Award in Inspirational Fiction. This inspirational novel will leave readers in tears and cheering for Joan as she tries to overcome her demons.

Joan Eastman was born like any other girl. However, her existence would prove to be a life of great pain. Growing up, she was treated differently by family members, powerless to defend herself against them. Feeling she had been dealt a wicked hand by the “powers that be”, she spiraled into despair and recklessness. She became a victim of agonizing circumstances and self-hatred.

Not giving up, she becomes aware of a greater spiritual being that protects her and she begins to awaken to it. Soon after getting married, she finds herself pregnant. She learns to understand nothing is hopeless; that with a changed view and increased understanding, there is real hope in every situation, no matter how difficult.

As she and her husband look forward to the birth of their child, she writes in her diary as a way of expelling all of the evil memories from her past. On bed rest for the duration of her pregnancy, she endures tests and tribulations that, at first, she couldn’t begin to understand. But even as high as the hurdles in Joan’s life are, she doesn’t look back, and pulls the pieces of her life together…for herself and her unborn child.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781502381255
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 09/21/2014
Pages: 136
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.29(d)

About the Author

Diamante Lavendar is the award-winning author of Breaking the Silence. She is the recipient of the Mom's Choice Gold Medal in Inspirational Fiction, the Pinnacle Book Achievement Award in Inspirational Fiction, and the Readers' Favorite 5 Star Review Medal.She has also won the 2016 Director's Choice for Outstanding Human Relations Courage and 2016 Silver Award for Realistic Human Relations Fiction Book.

She has been in love with reading since she was a child, and spent many hours listening to her mother read to her when she was young. As she grew older, she enjoyed reading novels of all genres. She began writing in college and published poetry in anthologies over the years. Later, once her kids were in high school, she wrote as a form of self-expression and decided she wanted to share her stories with others. Most of her writing is very personal and stems from her own experiences and those of her family and friends. She writes to encourage hope and possibility to those who read her stories.

Diamante believes that everyone should try to leave their own positive mark in the world, to make it a better place for all. Writing is her way of leaving her mark-one story at a time. She is also the author of Poetry and Ponderings: A Journey of Abuse and Healing Through Poetry, released from Written Dreams Publishing in April, 2017. To learn more about Diamante Lavendar and her books, please visit her website at:

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Breaking the Silence 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Reader_Views More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Carol Hoyer for Reader Views (10/16) “Breaking the Silence” by Diamante Lavendar is a story about abuse – physical, emotional and sexual, that started when Joan Eastman was 2 years-old. This continued abuse had a negative impact on the rest of her life. How does a child of two explain what is happening to her when she can’t understand it herself? The author does an excellent job of describing dysfunctional families, self-hatred, and despair. It is not written to gain sympathy, but provides hope and resilience during those times. Joan’s spiral downward included violence, substance abuse, self-injury, and thoughts of suicide. Regardless of her situations, she begins to understand herself more with the help of spiritual awareness, which was always there to guide her. Haven’t once been pregnant and losing a baby, Joan finds herself pregnant again with a loving, supportive husband. But, thoughts from her previous pregnancy nag her and she is determined to keep this baby full term, and love it with the love she was never given. It takes an exceptional writer to take tragic events like these and make the story inspirational and full of hope. The story will leave readers experiencing many emotions, one of which is wonder as to how one person could handle everything she went through. For some who may have had the same experiences, it will help explain a lot of what they are feeling and will hopefully turn some of the negativity into positive change. The cover of the book is well represented, the writing easy to read and follow. Characters were well developed and readers will relate to the situations, or know of someone who experienced them. One aspect of the book that was helpful was the “Life Lessons” at the end of each chapter. Although the author did address spiritually and God, it was not so much that it would turn some readers off. I believe the point is we should find a higher power, of whatever we choose, to help us keep going. Overall “Breaking the Silence” by Diamante Lavendar does a great job in capturing readers attention with details based on the author’s own experiences, she does not gloss over the facts, yet she provides great insight and encouragement.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Tshombye K. Ware for Readers' Favorite Breaking the Silence by Diamante Lavendar is a beautifully written story about a woman's experience of childbirth. The story opens in the hospital as Joan Eastman faces a past fear in which she lost a child. And now she sits, pregnant again, with thoughts of fear. From there the story takes you on an emotional personal journey, a testimony of deliverance and the blessing of grace. The story moves through experiences to bring the reader into the story from a firsthand point of view. It takes courage to write a story like this. The cover itself conveys a profound message of barrenness, which flows brilliantly with the theme of the story. The author states that it's based on a true story, which in itself is a work of bravery. I loved the author's point of view. With the diary inserts, you get an up close and personal invitation into Joan's fears, regrets, and prayers. Sharing personal things in a fictional or non fictional way leaves you vulnerable to opinions. Courage stands in the face of opinions, knowing that the seed of the message was presented. An insert taken from the book speaks volumes. These words of truth can be utilized by anyone who is a victim. 'Victims never forget. Somewhere deep within their memories lie the things that have happened. It takes strength, great fortitude, to be able to turn the negative into positive. But it is essential in helping victims to fight their demons. And with God, it is possible.' I recommend this book to anyone seeking words of encouragement through a wonderful, illustrated testimony of deliverance. The ending is the ultimate climax, in which you shall experience the beauty of Angelica Faith.
MomsChoiceAwards More than 1 year ago
A recipient of the Mom's Choice Awards! The Mom's Choice Awards® (MCA) evaluates products and services created for parents and educators and is globally recognized for establishing the benchmark of excellence in family-friendly media, products and services. Using a rigorous evaluation process, entries are scored on a number of elements including production quality, design, educational value, entertainment value, originality, appeal and cost. Around the world, parents, educators, retailers and members of the media trust the MCA Honoring Excellence seal when selecting quality products and services for families and children.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Joan East man or Joanie as she is commonly known longs for one thing to have a baby that she can call hers. Unfortunately, she needs her cervix to be sutured as doctor Marx notes in the office. After Losing Stephanie her first baby prematurely, her fears of losing another child are so real. Joan is put on a bed rest for about six months and in her diary, she walks us through her life as recounts what has transpired in her troubled life. She was molested as a young girl, and somehow the events are still clear in her mind. It is saddening of how Joan undergoes a lot of hardship in her life as she grows but the fortunate thing is that she never gives up. It is interesting how despite the many challenges she is still able to smile and hope for a bright future. She believes that everything happens for a reason, and God has a purpose for each one of us. It is a fantastic book of challenge and hope.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Breaking the Silence by Diamante Lavendar is weaved around Joan Eastman and throughout the entire story we can understand a lot about her life and the difficulties that she has faced since she was only two years old. From the beginning I felt this as a very emotional journey to the end. When I was reading this narrative tears came out from my eyes. As a helpless woman Joan has suffered a lot. She was abused sexually. There was no any pleasant shadow of memory in her childhood. Once she has done an abortion too. As a result of all these sorrows Joan has suffered not only physically but also mentally she is really weak. But for the second time she is carrying her own soul, her own blood in her womb. This time Joan just wants to be a great mother for her unborn child. Personally I am highly impressed by the author and I really appreciate the way she has created this emotional, heart touching story. I heartily recommend this novel for everyone with huge five stars.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This novel deals with the painful, traumatic experience of childhood sexual abuse, and is both disturbing and heart-warming to read. I was expecting the novel to be written in a heavy, distressing and dark tone, and while the story does certainly deal with dark subject matter, which constantly sets an undertone of melancholy to the novel, there is a definite thread of hope running throughout the story at the same time. The story is predominantly told through diary entries, as the author recalls experiences from her past, and defining moments of her life. The writing style is clear and easy to follow, and I finished the novel in only a few hours, as the story gripped me so much I couldn’t put the novel down. I really liked the Life Lessons inserted into the story before each new section, as they really helped to give insight into the author’s journey and what she has learnt through her struggles of dealing with her past. I was pleasantly surprised that the story focused more on hope and faith, instead of solely delving into the traumatic, actual events of the sexual abuse. The novel is not a depressing read, rather it is one of uplifting hope and faith – that against all the odds, there is still joy and beauty to be had in life. I recommend this novel to anyone looking for a novel with depth and meaning, but also one which is ultimately positive and inspiring.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Writing and healing By V. McCullough on June 21, 2015 Format: Paperback I was given a copy of this book as a gift, mostly because the person who gave it to me thought it said so much about the power of writing to help a person heal psychological wounds and even addiction. In this case, the narrator, who is given the name Joan, has suffered abuse and cruelty, addiction and loss. She used a diary to record her feelings about childhood memories that shaped her life, and goes through this process when she's got dreams of her own to pursue. But I also saw that in using a diary, especially when Joan was put on bed rest during a pregnancy, had a way of strengthening her faith. In fact, she draws important life lessons from the writing she does, which readers will find valuable, regardless of their past experiences. Overall, the message of the book is that it's never too late to heal. I also think the author/narrator shows that healing the wounds of the past takes time and patience, and a willingness to do the work of admitting and coming back from mistakes. The book has much to recommend it on many levels.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The narrator does a wonderful job guiding the reader through her life experiences as ... By Morgan Van Straten on March 2, 2015 Format: Paperback Breaking the Silence is a personal journey for both the author and reader. The narrator does a wonderful job guiding the reader through her life experiences as she relinquishes her dark memories and bares her soul for her audience. Joan Eastman is a struggling mother-to-be trying to focus on keeping her pregnancy healthy and try to cope with her past trauma that she faced when she was a child. The time she spends at home preparing for her unborn baby, she takes the time to write down in her diary entries and vividly explores her childhood and teenage years. Joan’s direct experiences with her abusers are profoundly real and could drag anyone who has never experienced this kind of trauma in a dark abyss of emotional turmoil. When I read through those moments, I almost could feel someone clawing at me and smiling with malice. This is a kind of anger and fear that should be understood by everyone in order to expose the evil for what it is instead of masking or hiding it away. Diamante Lavendar truly understands the cruelty of what the human race has to offer as well as the true beauty of life. The themes that play out in her novel are quite clear such as God. However, it is not just the religious context behind the entity; God falls under Joan’s own spirituality and becomes her own personal muse of protecting her from falling any deeper into hell. A hell where her own abusers dug themselves into and have no pure guidance or possess any form of empathy. The writing style is easy to follow and the narrator’s voice is clear for the reader. It’s broken into diary entries and separated parts with Life Lessons in between the story breaks. It might be painful for some to read, however, it definitely gives an insight on someone's specific experience.