Monday, 22 October 2018

Isolation Junction- Jennifer Gilmour 5*

I read this book out of curiosity. We all know abuse happens. We see it on TV,
maybe even the news and in various types of programmes. What we don’t get
told is that much of it happens behind closed doors and goes unreported either
through fear or ignorance. This is the story of Rose who finds her husband changes
once they are married and that he controls her every move. A brave book to write,
a delicate subject matter. What does matter is that we need to be more aware
of this and realise that even just one kind word could make the difference to
someone realising “it’s not them”. By this I mean that the victim very often
thinks they are to blame- “I pushed him to it “ etc. No! The victims have a
journey to make before they can understand that they are innocent, they
are normal and that it is the perpetrators who are in the wrong.
This is written from the heart, told with feeling. almost like a journal rather
than a story, flitting in time as the teller recalls different scenes.
A heartfelt read told as it is.

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Information about Isolation Junction:

First published in 2016, Jennifer has republished a second edition with the changes in Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

This is the republication of Isolation Junction and what a difference it is. A make over with a new book cover, new content, with Pict Publishing, third person only (as opposed to third and first in first edition) and the incidents in correlating order. 


Rose is the mother of two young children, and finds herself living a robotic life with an abusive and controlling husband. While she struggles to maintain a calm front for the sake of her children, inside Rose is dying and trapped in ‘Isolation Junction’.

She runs an online business from home, because Darren won’t let her work outside the house. But through this, she meets other mums and finds courage to attend networking events, while Darren is at work, to promote her business.

It’s at one of these events that Rose meets Tim, a sympathetic, dark-haired stranger who unwittingly becomes an important part of her survival.

After years of emotional abuse, of doubting her future and losing all self-confidence, Rose takes a stand. Finding herself distraught, alone and helpless, Rose wonders how she’ll ever escape with her sanity and her children. With 100 reasons to leave and 1,000 reasons she can’t will she be able to do it? Will Tim help her? And will Rose find peace and the happiness she deserves? Can Rose break free from this spiralling life she so desperately wants to change?

Based on true events.

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 this first novel. 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.  






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1 comment:

  1. Thank you for such a poignant review. I particularly liked that you picked out victim blaming which is more common then people think (including the services). Jennifer


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