Book Review: Clipped Wings by Jennifer Gilmour

This book had my heart beating wildly in my chest as I read each real life account from survivors of domestic abuse.


The silent chorus. Just imagine you thought that you had met the man or woman of your dreams. This person was charming and you thought they were the one or perhaps that this was fate; it was just meant to be. But as the months go by things start to change. Their behaviour towards you isn’t the same, they are more critical, more particular about your appearance, what you do, how you do it, who you see. Time goes by and you feel isolated from your friends and family because that behaviour has now changed to threats, maybe violence and you feel that your identity is all but gone. But still you stay. Where would you go? Who would help you? You are not worthy. But you are. A group of survivors have spoken about their own experiences. In their own words they show that survivors do have a voice and that it needs to be heard. They show that abuse isn’t unique or strange but that it is, unfortunately, a surprisingly common problem in today’s society. The message of this book is one of courage, as with courage comes awareness and an ability to understand what has happened to you and take the steps needed to become a survivor yourself.

My review :

My heart ached for each person who told their story. Parts of me wished this book was a fiction novel because the pain you read is tremendous.

Each person’s story pulled at your heart strings making you not want to stop reading.
They each give you warning signs to look out for as well as strategies of how to leave if you are in an abusive relationship.

Hearing the stories written by survivors makes you understand why they stay, and makes you realise how desperately they need your help.

I would like to commend the Author for ensuring the stories were written by each survivor in their own distinctive voice. I want to commend her for writing a book that gives a voice to those suffering. I would also like to mention that even though the book speaks mainly of woman’s accounts, but there are countless men experiencing the same pain daily, and the shame they face to speak out is even harder.

To all men and woman who have survived abuse, make your story heard so that someone else who is suffering can find their voice and find their freedom.

I would highly recommend this gripping book to people experiencing abuse and also to family and friends who suspect their loved one is being abused. Let’s spread the word and put a stop to this inhumane act in society.

My Rating:

🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟

This book deserves 5 Stars for its ability to tell these stories in the voices of the people who experienced the horror of them. It was brave of each person to tell their story and even more brave of Jennifer to openly share hers. Beautifully written. Gripping and honest. A must read. 

About the Author :
Born in the North East, Jennifer is a young, married mum with three children. In addition to being an author, she is an entrepreneur, running a family business from her home-base. Her blog posts have a large readership of other young mums in business. From an early age, Jennifer has had a passion for writing and started gathering ideas and plot lines from her teenage years. A passionate advocate for women in abusive relationships, she has drawn on her personal experiences to write her first novel Isolation Junction. It details the journey of a young woman from the despair of an emotionally abusive and unhappy marriage to develop the confidence to challenge and change her life and to love again. Since the publication of her debut novel, Jennifer has continued to be an advocate for those in abusive relationships through her blog posts, radio interviews and Twitter feed. Jennifer also gained a qualification in facilitating a recover programme for those who have been in abusive relationships. Jennifer continues to publicly support those who are isolated and struggle to have a voice. Jennifer hopes that Clipped Wings give’s a voice to survivor’s experiences and raise’s awareness further of the types of unacceptable behaviour which fall into the category of domestic abuse

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Taryn Leigh

Taryn Leigh is the Author of Perfect Imperfections, which is currently available from AmazonWaterstonesBarnes&Noble, Exclusive Books and where all good books are sold.

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Taryn Leigh is the Author of Perfect Imperfections, which is available worldwide. She lives in South Africa with her Husband, Son and two Cocker Spaniels.

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