What can I say about this authors books and writing style that I haven’t said numerous times before. This is probably the most difficult but yet important book that I have read by Helen. Knowing of Helen’s earlier life I can only imagine how much heartache, tears, frustration and pure love and strength went into this book. Helen has also shared her own personal story in the book Clipped Wings by Jennifer Gilmour and is a sponsor of Jennifer’s tool on Twitter Abuse Talk
Publisher Independently published
Published 8th March 2017
Genre Woman’s Fiction
Purchase Link getBook.at/Wallsofsilence
Life is cruel at times. Even if it seems like a fairy tale.
Maria knows that the big bad wolf isn’t real. Then one day she discovers that evil does exist, with all its dark sides.
Living in the mountains of Sicily, Maria has the perfect childhood until the tragic accident that changes her life forever. The events that follow will take her away from her home town to the streets of Milan, in an ever-increasing spiral of abuse and deception. Will she ever be able to trust anyone ever again?
Set in turbulent 1960s Italy, Walls of Silence is the story of a girl who must find the courage and strength to survive her family’s betrayal and the prejudices of her country.
My Review ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️5 Stars I actually finished this yesterday but such was the impact on me I needed a day to process the story. I really didn’t know how to even begin with writing the review. I will say this that the pure strength and determination to write this to spread the message was evident. Maria and her story will stay with me forever. I have found myself thinking of her constantly. Her sheer and utter love and the message of hope she gave is beautiful. I thank Helen for writing this powerful, poignant, inspirational and beautifully tragic tale, I will treasure it always.
Excerpt Maria was determined to change Italian men’s attitudes towards women, Italica women’s attitude towards themselves. She didn’t want equality for women, she was never so foolish as to believe she could achieve that but she did want to give women self respect, freedom to choose their own future, the strength to break free from the cultural repression that was breaking their spirits. It was, and still is, a long, slow fight but she never gave up.
Women from all over Italy sent messages of condolence to our centre in Rome, women who’s lives she had changed, women who without her would never have had hope.
About The Author Helen Pryke is a British author who has been living in the north of Italy for almost 30 years, learning everything about Italians, their culture, and their way of life. She now considers herself more Italian than British, even though she has never lost her British accent. Addicted to coffee and chocolate, she has also developed a passion for good food, having married an Italian who is a wonderful cook!
Helen writes emotional women’s fiction set in Italy that deals with the difficult subject of abuse in a sensitive way.
She also writes middle grade fiction under the pen name, Julia E. Clements. You can find her books here: author.to/JuliaEClements
When she’s not writing, she works as a proofreader for indie authors and a translator (from Italian to English). She loves reading, and will read anything and everything.
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