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Lost Edens: A True Story (2011)

by Jamie Patterson(Favorite Author)
4.04 of 5 Votes: 5
Beaver's Pond Press
review 1: Sometimes, the hardest review to write is one in which I love the book. I loved this book. This is a short memoir about the abandonment and betrayal of a husband written in his wife’s point of view. It’s also a memoir about domestic abuse. I can’t remember the last time I read a memoir in which the writer was so brutally honest about herself, about what she went through. It takes a lot of strength to admit your weaknesses; it takes a lot to ask for help. If I had to describe Jamie Patterson in one word, it would be courageous.I can’t begin to tell you how wonderfully raw and honest this book is. This book was especially personal to me. I have the upmost respect for Ms. Patterson for taking an experience that was so personal and sharing it with us. Those of ... moreus who have felt it understand her. Those who have not experienced it for themselves, or sadly are there now, will see that there is healing. There is hope. For me, this is a must read. I love the way it is written, short and factual. She doesn’t sugar-coat the truth. It’s startling how from the outside looking in, you can see how controlling and abusing her husband is. What I respect about Ms. Patterson is in her honesty about his behavior and words, she is truthful about her beliefs, reasoning, and feelings. On the inside looking out, I can wholly understand her need to make her marriage work, to fight for her husband and their relationship, to honor the commitment, and to blame herself for the failure.I loved this book because there were so many morsels of goodness. I loved that she wrote, “My pain is too big for these enclosed woods.” I love that she found a way to elucidate the feeling of a pain that is much larger than she is, the kind of pain that consumes her, stealing every thought and emotion. Finally, I will leave you with this, her words on the end: “Endings rarely announce themselves. They steal in and go nameless until long after their work is done.”
review 2: Jamie did an excellent job describing her marriage, or what her perception of it was...I think a lot of us know all too well this life she described.. Felt what she felt, she did a fantastic job.. But I gave it 4 stars because at the end I found myself skimming over it, getting lost going back and forth. Couldn't figure out whether it was the past or the present. The scenes she described are all too common. Without bruises though people wonder what is wrong with you. I think the head games are harder to get over than bruises. Jamie's parents were outstanding though, all of her family for being there for her. Helping pick up the pieces when it was time..I think Jamie has an excellent future as a writer, she will get more refined as time goes by!I received this book as a Goodreads First Reads for free. This review is my own and in no way has anyone influenced me. less
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A quick read...but very haunting read about a woman emotionally abused by her husband.
Honest and open. Jamie's story is as compelling as it is heartbreaking.
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