Monday, February 25, 2013

'Against My Will' Review

About 'Against My Will':

AGAINST MY WILL is the life changing novel about Danielle, a victim of marital abuse, who finds the strength to leave her husband and pursue a career in law.

Danielle Landau knows she should feel lucky, but she can't feel anything but dread. Not only did she pass the New York Bar, but she married the man her father says is just right for her and lives in a fashionable new loft in Queens. But the man who seems like the perfect catch is a perfect nightmare at home. Jacob tries to control her career, her daily routine, and even what she eats. He ignores her desires and belittles her every chance he gets. Soon, Danielle doesn't recognize her husband or herself, and she struggles to find a way out.

Danielle tries to talk to her father but he dismisses her marital problems.  But she can confide in her Nana Rose, a Holocaust survivor who lost her entire family at the hands of the Nazis. Rose helped raise Danielle and her brother when their mother died when Danielle was only three.  Having faced death, Rose is Danielle's source of security.  But while Danielle holds on to the fragile belief that her father's prince charming will change, she is raped by her husband on the night of their one year wedding anniversary.

Now, Danielle has to escape.  And with the help of her beloved Nana, Danielle moves across the country and starts to rebuild her life. But will she be able to escape her past? And when one of her clients finds herself in the same terrible situation, will Danielle have the strength to help her?
As we follow Danielle on her journey of terror and recovery, we see her story intersect with the diary entries of her Nana as a young girl held captive in a concentration camp.  The entries begin with Rose waking up in a hospital after the liberation of the Mauthausen Concentration Camp.    Graphically she recounts the train ride to the camp and the emotional separation of her from her family upon arrival.    And the full weight of the family's secrets becomes clear. This is a story of survival, self-discovery, justice, and ultimately, it's about love.

My thoughts:

This story is relatable for many people in abusive relationships. I love that she was able to draw strength and leave.

Perhaps my favorite part of the book was the fact that we are given excerpts from when Danielle's grandmother.

I hope that this book can make other survivors of abuse realize that you can stand up for yourself and you deserve better.

Also, if you're a survivor this book may be difficult to read due to triggers, but I found myself cheering for Danielle, and wanting to see her succeed.It gives you hope.

Benjamin Berkley did an excellent job writing this story from an abused woman's point of view.

Disclosure: I received the book 'Against My Will' for free. All opinions expressed in this review are my honest opinion. No monetary exchange has been given for this review.


Teddy Rose said...

Thanks for taking part in the tour. I'm glad you enjoyed the book so much! It did trigger past memories for me but I loved it despite of that.

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