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Reviewed by Rabia Tanveer for Readers' Favorite
Unshattered Hope: When It All Seemed to Crumble, Hope Remained by Valencia Lorissaint is a story of resilience and fighting. It is the story of the author as she got control of her life when everything seemed lost. Valencia is Haitian and lived in the US since she was 12 years old. While things weren’t easy to begin with, they got worse when her father kicked her out. Living with her controlling father was never good, so getting out of the house was the first taste of freedom she ever had. She met Terron, got married, and had children with him. That was when things went downhill for real. Before she knew it, she was a mother of two, lost her daughter, and it seemed like she would lose her son too. However, when life threw her a curveball, she decided to play it on her terms.
Unshattered Hope was a heartbreaking yet very inspirational book. Valencia Lorissaint’s life was hard, she wasn’t given many opportunities to live it on her terms, but she didn’t let it hold her back. Yes, life did knock her down, but she always dusted off the mud and decided to move forward with the hope that she would succeed in the end. Giving up was never an option for her. Her battle with the justice system and her battle with her parents were tough, but it was the battle she had with her mind that was the hardest. The narrative style is perfect to engage readers and make them feel like a part of the story. Valencia opened her life up for readers and showed them all of her darkest corners. I appreciated what she has done with this book. She gives readers hope that if they work hard enough, they will overcome their hardships too. It may be tough, it may break you down at times, but if you are determined, you can do it.