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Reviewed by Vernita Naylor for Readers' Favorite
Everyone has a secret, whether it’s large or small. What is yours? Would you ever tell it or carry it with you to the grave? If you were to tell it, who would you tell? Why? How? Nine Houses: Chronicles Of One Woman’s Triumph Over Abuse, Shame, And Neglect by Mary Eatmon is a real account of the shame that she endured at the tender age of 15. This shame began a secret life that she was forced to live well into adulthood. This secret that she had been holding caused her life and the lives of her family to spiral out of control. But one day, after 65 years, she gains the confidence to tell the secret. Who does she tell? Why does she tell? How does this now affect her family? Will they be able to overcome the tragedy? “I learned to bury a lot of secrets. Things that occurred ... as if it had never happened.”
I found Nine Houses: Chronicles Of One Woman’s Triumph Over Abuse, Shame, And Neglect by Mary Eatmon to be intriguing because these types of stories are being discovered more and more as both men and women are no longer being victimized by their pasts. Also, they are learning that it was nothing that they did to cause the sickness of another to violate them and turn them into a victim. I am glad to see people begin to tell their stories because it gives them the ability to exhale and release the stress and pressures that they had been carrying. I highly recommend this book because it can help others to muster up the courage and have the strength to become transparent. In being transparent, they will have the ability to hopefully get on with their lives.