Wednesday, July 25, 2012
Get out here, now, or I'm gonna kill you!" he hollered.
Little girls are hardwired to hold their daddies in high esteem, so it comes as a shock the first time a daughter feels the back of her daddy's hand across her face . . . or watches him punch and kick her mother to within an inch of her life.
How could this be? Her older sisters teach her how to survive, even when he comes for her in the night.
A girl learns to become invisible, to look the other way, to say nothing when a curious stranger asks if she's okay. To lie. To expect nothing, not even from relatives.
To cry without tears.
To pray silently.
When she is fourteen, and weary, a girl begins to wish she were dead. Cruel Harvest is the compelling story of how she lived instead.
Oh my goodness, this woman's story is horrible. I can't imagine the abuse she and her siblings suffered at the hand of their father and other relatives. One of them didn't survive. I'm so glad to know what happened to everyone else at the end of the book.
Frances endured physical, sexual, and verbal abuse from her father. Starvation, dehydration, and much more. Broadus was a drinking man with a devil of a temper, There were suspicions from other migrant workers, school officials, and police that the girls were being abused. Why it took so long for someone to finally do something is beyond me. I guess in those days it just wasn't talked about. I wondered why God didn't answer the girls prayers and take them out of that situation.
This is a heartbreaking story, I'm sure it's helped many abuse victims. Definitely worth the read.
I received a copy of this book free from Booksneeze in exchange for an honest review.