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One Small Word by Gloria Eveleigh is the heartrending memoir of Frankie and her journey to self-recovery after being physically and sexually abused by her father. The story reveals the traumas she suffered during childhood at the hands of Frederick, her father, describing her memory of thirty-five years ago to her counselor. Her visits to the counselor helped her get rid of the distressing memories and the invisible injuries her father inflicted on her by playing with her head and emotions. The trips to the counselor also helped her bring out the memories from her subconscious mind. Frankie's story shows readers how her childhood trauma affected her behavior, shaped her as a person, and how she overcame the setbacks and emerged a winner. It is a story of trauma, pain, courage, healing, and transformation, and will inspire many readers to rise above their problems and make life happy and successful.
One Small Word gives hope to readers who are facing abuse and who have not gotten past their traumas of past abuse to heal and recover. Readers see how Frankie turned her weaknesses into her strengths, and how her negatives became her positives. The story is raw, honest, and straightforward and will leave readers teary-eyed yet at the same time proud of the way she transformed her life. The book also shares Frankie's life after marriage and having children and how the abuse had affected her. She shares tips on how she went about analyzing herself and made changes for the betterment of her relationship with her family and her life. It’s a memoir worth reading, especially for all those who have been sexually and physically abused during childhood as it gives them hope and courage to deal with the trauma and pain that follow and get their lives back on track.