The Secret Letters will be released on the 09 August 2020, but this is not just another love story. The Secret Letters was inspired by real life events and the woman behind it is a vision of hope and strength.
I try to write books that have a real meaning behind them. Stories of real life pain, seen through the eyes of someone else, someone we can identify with.
The reason for this, is that I believe, we can find nuggets to help with our own healing when we hear how someone else overcame their pain, and see how they rose above it to see happy days filled with love in their lives.
So I’m sure you can imagine that I walk around life listening out for such experiences that are worthy of writing about. Stories not only of pain, but of triumph.
I found such a story when I sat down to lunch with Alshandra Visagie one cheerful Saturday afternoon.
Alshandra candidly shared her harrowing account of being attacked in her home by a stranger. She explained the horror and torment that the experience brought, as well as the victory she encountered from it. Hers wasn’t a story told by a victim. It was one told by an overcomer!
The way she told that story shook me to the core. Having known of her story my entire life, it was completely different sitting in the room and having a first-hand account of it. Her bravery and courage together with her story of survival was hair raising to say the least, but completely inspirational.
I knew then, that I needed to somehow share her story with the world.
Being a fiction author, I contemplated for months how to tell that story. Whether to tell it like she had, or whether to completely fictionalise it. Eventually, I came to the realisation that I would use this book as an avenue to present the topic of a woman overcoming this horrendous attack, through a work of fiction, and then have her share it with my readers in her own words in live chats. So if you have read this book, look out for those chats on social media, and if you are wondering which part is applicable to her story, it’s found in my own fictitious account in Chapter Fifteen.
Alshandra is proof that woman can overcome gender based violence, and still live to have victorious lives, and impact the lives of those around them.
She is now married, to an amazing husband, has two beautiful children, and counsels others who face trauma, pain and shame. She shares hope, inspiration, and love to heal the wounds and deal with the fear.
So I hope you will enjoy reading The Secret Letters, knowing that even in your own pain, there is victory to be had. Your best days are before you, just like they were for Alshandra.
I also hope that you will share this story with those who need hope, and a fresh start from all the pain they have experienced.
I based this book on the quote ‘Perfect love casts out all fear‘ and as you read it, may you gain a revelation of love that will remove all your fear.
Love, Taryn Leigh
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