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A Black Rose Thrived by Rochelle Richey introduces readers to a little girl who is on the receiving end of her parents' dysfunctional relationship and which in turn haunts her and follows her throughout her entire life. The memoir chronicles her ups and downs, her pain and her growth, and will give good information to readers on many issues that they may have experienced and questioned. The Black Rose symbolizes hurt, pain, sorrow, and death - spiritual death or a physical death - along with courage, strength, and resilience which the author feels are associated with her. She compares herself to a Black Rose and how it symbolizes her journey to healing.
Her dysfunctional childhood and abusive marriage, and then learning forgiveness, humility, love, perseverance, loyalty, love of God and self have all been bared in A Black Rose Thrived. Rochelle Richey's story is heartbreaking and takes readers through a gamut of emotions ranging from raw drama to intensified emotions to intriguing suspense, holding the attention of readers till the very end. She is honest as she shares her journey and her story gives hope to a lot of readers out there, who face adversities and challenges, to take control of their lives and bounce back with courage and strength. The author also reiterates the power and presence of God in her life and she feels her story is just not for herself but also has been assigned by God for others to be inspired. Her awesome, life-changing and informative journey gives readers glimpses into all areas of her life without hiding anything.