"You live on love crumbs.A nibble drops, you gobble up the morsel. The crumb sustains you until he gives you another. Don't you believe you deserve the whole loaf?"- Jennifer Irwin.
Overall Review 5/5
Synopsis from Good Reads:
For too many years, Prudence Aldrich has been numbing the pain in her life with random sexual encounters. Her marriage to cold, self-centered Nick is, not surprisingly, on the rocks. But after several dangerous experiences with strangers, Prudence finally realizes that she needs therapy to stop her self-destructive behavior, and so she checks into the Serenity Hills rehab center.
Prudence blames herself for her irresponsible behavior and is filled with self-loathing. She’s convinced she’s totally at fault for Nick’s manipulative attitude and that, with therapy, she can return their relationship to its idyllic beginning. However, her therapist and the other members of her rehab group see the person behind the pain. As Prudence learns more about herself and the reasons for her behavior—including startling revelations about her childhood—she begins to understand the basis for her lack of sexual self-respect. She also learns that she’s not entirely to blame for the failure of her marriage. With the positive reinforcement from everyone at Serenity Hills, Prudence learns not to define herself by her past. But moving forward would mean letting go of Nick for good—and Prudence isn’t sure she can.
The Author Jennifer Irwin was kind enough to send me her debut novel and let me tell you I was blown away by everything about the book from the story to the incredible quality of the book. The hardcover has to be one of my favorite I own and the print is equally beautiful.Now onto the story: Prue endured an incredible amount of abuse in her childhood. Which led her to reckless behavior and she truly blamed it all on herself. It was painful to read this, at times I wanted to literally tell her your being too hard on yourself. Mike, her counselor, guides her through a Journey of growth and letting go of the anger she is harboring inside. In a way I felt like I was learning while reading this book because I could identify with some of her thoughts. Serenity Hills is a place where the addicted go to seek help and some find the freedom from their past while other struggle a long the way. It's a beautifully raw and moving journey. I took my time with this book and savored every minute of it. I am still in awe that this is Jennifers first novel. This book is also being made into a movie and I cannot wait to watch it. I guarantee if you read this book you will learn and cry and love the characters.
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