A Woman Gone Mad by Kimber S. Dawn
Forget everything you know about fairytales. There comes a point in a woman's life when she realizes not everyone gets a happy ending.
And no one knows this better than Lillian Shaw.
The safety of a small southern upbringing and a happy normal family couldn't keep life from chipping away at her.
And nothing leaves its mark like the bite of a broken heart.
Blow after blow, Lillian tries to stay optimistic, but when faced with a choice that could destroy her future, she gives in to the temptation.
When your first true love comes crashing into your happily ever after, you're supposed to walk away. Not fall back in love.
But saying no to Leo was something Lillian could never do...
Once lines are crossed is there any going back?
Or is the risk that Lillian Shaw takes going to leave her broken again...
And this time be enough to make her A Woman Gone Mad?
***Warning: This is not a shy and tender fairytale love story. It's a raw, tragic, and gritty story inspired by true events. This book is not for the faint of heart, it contains graphic language, sex, violence, and drug use. MATURE Audiences Only. Not intended for young adult readers.***
Elizabeth - 5 Crowns
its...I mean...this story...I feel...its just...I.can't even.string a sentence together.... it's a train wreck..but you can't put it down....just read it...it's just crazy good...
Kelly - 4 Crowns
My emotions are so raw that I don't know if I'm even capable of articulating a review. However, I feel the need to write something - if anything, to expel my thoughts and to help ease the myriad of emotions that are pouring through me right now.
My poor heart. I believe it may never recover!
My current mantra is 'What the fuck did I just read?' Trust me when I say this story hits seriously high on the angst richter scale!
Told in memoir form we follow the story of Lillian Shaw, the innocent and popular school girl with a big heart, as she steps out from the confines of a loving childhood into the complex world of puberty and beyond. We witness first hand how she goes from a beautiful child to a broken and emotionally scarred woman after enduring more than her fair share of insufferable heartache... and all in the name of love. To put it simply, her life is one giant clusterfuck after another!
Life dealt her a hand that she had no choice but to play. Her only coping mechanism and refuge came in Lilly, her alter-ago, a.k.a the 'other' voice. Although, her sanity was questionable throughout most of this book, I found her resilience and strength through her hardships most inspiring...that is until she reached the point of no return. Her actions in these dark times tore my heart into a million tiny pieces, as the downward spiral finally took its toll.
I'm not saying Lillian didn't bring some of these things on herself. Her serious lack of filter from brain to mouth was laugh out loud genius at times, and she did have a tendency to push people at arms length when feeling overwhelmed. I say this with all good intentions but if she could manifest through the words of the written page, I have no doubt she would gladly smack this author in the face for everything she put her through. My goodness, I can't tell you how many times my eyes welled with tears while reading Lillian' s tale. I read some parts of this story curled in the fetal position, my kindle curled to my chest. Yeah, no shit!
I can't go into a full overview because this is a journey that you need to take on your own. A Woman Gone Mad isn't just a school/college romance where boy meets girl, falls in love, girl gets hurt, girl moves on and lives happily ever after...this book is the total opposite! It's a full on, real life experience read that stems over the course of 20 years. It tells us that life, at times, can be hard and cruel, yet it can also be beautiful. Life can throw you a curve ball and rock your world, knocking it off its axis, but what is important is how you deal with it. Lillian wasn't an angel, she made mistakes and in the process distanced herself from the ones she loved. Besides the close connection to her Brother and Best Friend, Allen, Lillian had never connected to another. Not until him. What is it to find your soul mate to then lose him overnight? To simply disappear into thin air, never to be seen again? For 20 years she has been plagued by the memory of him, she can still see his face, hear his voice, remember his scent.
As far as the writing goes, it was laden with grammatical mistakes and some bad sentence structuring. The flow was, at times, erratic and the overuse of the word 'baby' grated a little, but in all fairness to the author, I received an ARC that was still in need of editing and formatting so I'm not going to judge my review based on this, but rather praise Kimber S. Dawn in delivering an unforgettable story of one woman's plight to find her happily ever after, in a world where fairy tales cease to exist.
The writing gets a 3, the story and how it kept me hooked from the 3rd chapter in, gets a 4.5. This is a commendable effort, I just wish my copy was edited by a pro before distribution. My advice to those brave enough: Put your big girl pants on and invest in a mansize box of tissues because you're gonna need them!
Elizabeth - 5 Crowns
Its...I mean...this story...I feel...its just...I can't even string a coherent sentence together!
A woman gone mad is a train wreck that you cannot tear yourself away from. I just could put Lillian's story down. So my advice: just read it. It's crazy good!