This is a gripping memoir and I read it in about 24 hours The abuse trauma and self destruction Kathleen Burgin writes about is vivid and shockingThe struggle for me is that it all feels a bit disjointed It s storytelling without a resolution I want to know how she moved from one phase of her life to the next how she became an author why she cut off ties with her whole family tc I m not looking for a happy Once Upon a Seduction (Its All About Attitude ending necessarily but just some type of closure on the story This is an unbelievable story of survival Kathleen if you were here right now I d hug the heck out of you I wouldn t speak just hug because I have no words Again unbelievable There aren tnough words to describe Kathleen s father Mean Too small a word Cruel Nope not big nough Heartless If this were fiction I d say C mon that would never happen But it s non fiction and it did happen It s just incredibly cruel that a parent a dad could inflict so much pain on their child Kathleen s story is remarkable Congratulations That s all I ll say since I don "T Want To Include " want to include Spoiler Congratulations on surviving and living Thank you Ms Burgin for allowing me to read this very raw and honest memoir that reveals glimpses into your life a life that I cannot ven imagine Totally ngrossing but there s just too little resolution for the reader Researching the author after the fact it seems she goes on to do absolutely incredible things which prove the most amazing self growth and healing But how How does she leave Toronto and accomplish all these things with no family Or Money Does She Ever Meet Up money Does she ver meet up her siblings again Why does she take her son to meet her father Did she Fatal Secrets (Protecting the Witnesses ever make amends with Logan What happened to Grace There are just so many holes that make it a struggle to have closure I kudos the author for sharing her horrible tale and hope she publishes an after note with some answers This was my First Reads pick for the month of MarchI m honestly not sure how to feel about this book On one hand it was anngrossing story that grabbed onto me and didn t want to let me go until I finished it On the other hand there was so much self destruction and bouncing from one to cult to what sounded like another THAT I FOUND MYSELF GETTING ANNOYED I found myself getting annoyed about her growing up was hard because she had no control over that Reading about her adult years was also hard because she did At the A Wanted Man (Silhouette Intimate Moments, end I felt like we were told a half story A story about a horrible childhood that turned into a dreadful adulthood with many uestions left unanswered I m glad that it sounds like she finally found peace I just wish she would have let us into that part of her life like she did the rest of it This was a difficult read and left me with too many uestionswhy why why I found it ironic tha. Sometimes all that it takes to start over is the courage to say you willIn Kathleen’s home red jeans were a sin Parties were punishable with violence Fear was part of the daily norm Growing up in a Catholic cult under the unforgivingye of her abusive father Kathleen knew from an arly age that if she were to survive she’d have to do it on her ow. ,
Was not her fault and view spoilerher father shot at her twice and missed it is not clear whether he missed on purpose or if he was just a bad shot Considering how far he took her into the desert it
"seems likely that he really did intend to kill her hide spoiler i was caught up in this book from "likely that he really did intend to kill her hide spoiler i was caught up in this book from one i read it in 2 days took my kindle to bed with me reading page after page under the covers fell asleep with it put most of life on hold today and just finished it i saw so much of myself in her wordsi admit as others have reviewed and stated that There Are So Many Parts are so many parts her story left unknowing but those are her memories stories and nightmares i m sure they will make it to print for our hungry yes at some point but that s what i like about her her random bits of reflection and which layers of the onion she decides to peel back for us when i was reading her first moments of abuse i noticed my body flush and my heart start to race i was carrying the anxiety in me thru her thru me it made me feel than i thought 5 stars all day all night long bravo for a brave womans voice thru vulnerability i appreciate it This was an First reads for MarchThis was such an odd reading Until You Loved Me (Silver Springs, experience on the one hand shocking descriptions of abuse leading to addiction and self destructive behaviour on the other all the characters including the narrator are so one dimensional large parts of the book don t ring uite trueI couldn t get a grip of her family was she the only child being abused and if so why Why were the parents ok with the daughters going to parties but not with her wearing jeans Has the author come to any kind of understanding of her family dynamics One specificpisode that bothered me was after she gets arrested for having a party in the neighbours house her punishment is confinement to the pool house So a legitimate crime she was actually arrested for gets this soft treatment while wearing jeans gets her beaten with a stick Not saying it didn t happen this way but some kind of The Baby Album explanation would have been interestingAnd how did such a controlling family agree to send her away to college with no supervisionI also didn t understand why she later chose tonter a different cult like Secret Agent Minister and Deadly Texas Rose environment Did she really overcome addiction by doing laundry in silence and being locked up in a cabin in the woods After the outburst with the priest Ixpected some kind of revelation that she was just running from one oppressive religion to another but instead this is what shows her the way forwardAnd why did her father never contact her to bring her back into the fold before she went to live in the Madonna House How did he Why Not Tonight (Happily Inc., even know he would find her thereUltimately a somewhat interesting read but it left me with too many unanswered uestions. R step in her unraveling Instead with her demons uieted shemerged with a fresh understanding of self an mpowering new purpose and a sense of worthiness that she would never let be challenged again Wholly Unraveled is Keele Burgin’s gripping and inspiring journey of self discovery and of finally finding her voice against nearly insurmountable odds. .
T she ran away from the abuse in one cult to only then find herself seeking help in another I do understand veryone has their own journey and Kathleen s journey was a tragic onevery tragic I m giving 25 stars for the unclear writing and lack of connecting the dots Keele Burgin went through a childhood that made mine look like 18 years at Disney World My father was an authoritarian Catholic man who always had to be right and we children were little World My father was an authoritarian Catholic man who always had to be right and we children were little of Original Sin that needed to be corrected and molded into good people But he loved us He was consistent He played with us We just learned or tried to learn not to push his buttons Keele s father was self righteous vindictive and mean Her mother read frightened and submissive Keele acted out rebelled and got kicked out She spent years self abusing and hating herself until she Welcome Home, Cowboy (Wed In The West, ended up at a remote retreat center where she was forced to reckon with her anger and hatred This book is a tough read But it made me think something When I was a kid and things were bad at my house and my parents were yelling and screaming at us at the tops of their lungs and saying awful things why didn t anyonever say something or come to our rescue Maybe it was because worse things were uietly going on in other houses Free from as part of the March First ReadsThe depictions of abuse are seriously rough and Kathleen s destructive behavior in the second section of the book is tough to watch But overall it s an uneven book How did she grow her life after leaving Madonna House What is her current relationship with Shirley With her siblings Her parentsI read the acknowledgements just to see if there was some mention of her current life and if I could ascertain anythingHow did you make it out How do you live now ARGH So many uestions TRIGGER WARNING Detailed descriptions of child abuse and rape If these are triggers for you think twice before reading this bookThis book was Snowbound Bride (Harlequin Men in Uniform Miniseries) extremely frustrating to read I understand that people do not remembervery detail of their childhood but when you are writing about it you need to provide some reason for the things that happen The first section of the book is a series of unrelated incidents connected only by the abuse meted out by Kathleen s father Kathleen is her birth name so she uses it through the book she does not Cowboys Baby (Ranching Family, explain how she comes to call herself Keele nor does shexplain how it is pronounced which I found frustrating Although there are four girls in the family and later twin boys one of whom died as an infant apparently from SIDS but this is not discussed nor Between the Land and the Sea (Marinas Tales, explained Kathleen is the chosen scapegoat for the family She alone is beaten whipped with a belt made to sleep in the garagetc And she alone is blamed for something that very likely. NBut when the time came to Gilligan Unbound escape she found herself in a damaging spiral of self destruction At rock bottom and with nowhere to go Kathleen stepped off a bus in the last place shever thought she’d find peace a remote and very Catholic community Spending a year in almost complete silence Kathleen feared this xperience would prove to be just anothe. ,