Hello everyone! I am both honored and a bit sad to host a review for Isolation Junction and a special message from its author today. I wish more voices could be heard and I admire Jennifer Gilmour for all her efforts to bring awareness on a difficult and still taboo subject.
Title: Isolation Junction
Author: Jennifer Gilmour
Publisher: Isolation Junction was fully funded by a Kickstarter Campaign which over funded at 110%.
Date of publication: October 14th 2016
Source: won in a giveaway
Number of pages: 140
Rose is the mother of two young children, and finds herself living a robotic life with an abusive and controlling husband. While she struggles to maintain a calm front for the sake of her children, inside Rose is dying and trapped in ‘Isolation Junction’. She runs an online business from home, because Darren won’t let her work outside the house. Through this, she meets other mums and finds courage to attend networking events, while Darren is at work, to promote her business. It’s at one of these events that Rose meets Tim, a sympathetic, dark-haired stranger who unwittingly becomes an important part of her survival. After years of emotional abuse, of doubting her future and losing all self-confidence, Rose takes a stand. Finding herself distraught, alone and helpless, Rose wonders how she’ll ever escape with her sanity and her children. With 100 reasons to leave and 1,000 reasons she can’t, will she be able to do it? Will Tim help her? Will Rose find peace and the happiness she deserves? Can Rose break free from this spiralling life she so desperately wants to change?
Some issues are tricky to deal with, let alone to write about. It takes courage and support to address problems and talk about them. We can thank Jennifer Gilmour for standing up and lending her voice to the cause of domestic abuse.
I had no idea what to expect from Isolation Junction. I knew the story would not leave me unshaken but knowing and reading are two different things.
Rose is a scarred character in an impossible situation. Impossible is a scary word that looms over you when there is no escape door. Or rather, when the person supposed to be taking care of you and loving you closes the door and throws away the key. This book is about a prison with no walls.
The author taker her main character and gently leads her towards the window. Climbing the sill to get out seems easy for some of us, but for someone who has been belittled, mentally and or physically abused, and living in fear, either for weeks, months, or years, it is the biggest step. The hardest step. Because first, you have to find the strength to see that step, to recognize what is happening, to face your situation and put a name on it.
Jennifer Gilmour makes sure we readers realize just how hard it is to accept you are a victim of domestic abuse, and how lonely, cruel, and cold the words and feelings that come with it are.
Isolation Junction reads like a diary of a story you have heard on the news without paying enough attention, something that happens behind closed doors, maybe in the house right next to yours. It is frightening and it is so close, so mundane. Yet, it still makes so many victims, it lurks in the dark, or even in plain daylight, but our societies are not ready to fully face the horrendous fate of women and men suffer from.
Taking the step to get out is possible with help, with care, with time, and with bravery. I have no doubt those in pain from domestic violence have more strength than many of us, I don’t doubt their reasons to stay, I cannot imagine what I would do in such a situation. This book doesn’t judge, it gives you a story among dozens, among hundreds. It explains just how difficult it is to escape, but most importantly, it gives hope. Rose’s feelings are simply and harshly put on the page for you to absorb, it is draining but necessary to get the slightest idea of what life is like in the shoes of all the Roses in our countries.
My heart was full of love for the support Rose gets throughout the story. Parents, siblings, friends, neighbors, the police, anyone in position to help can and should help. How easy for me to say. But the story reminded me that with a little help from everyone, everything is possible.
My only niggle was Tim. Like a lifebelt, he keeps Rose’s head from being pressured under water, but the quick way things happened made me uncomfortable and the fact Rose jumped from this abusive relationship to a new one, no matter how healthy, felt too much too soon. Still, I understand the need to cling to happiness, to someone genuinely caring, and live-saving. That independent side of me is to blame, I suppose J
Isolation Junction is a testimony for anyone here who has been in an abusive relationship or knows someone who has. It emphasizes the importance of support, and how much it takes for someone to set themselves free. Through the tears and the pain, Jennifer Gilmour offers hope and a golden key to a better life.
Jennifer has kindly put Isolation Junction on a free offer from today to the 12th. Don’t hesitate to look for the book and talk about it! Here’s why Jennifer chose to do this:
My name is Jennifer Gilmour and I am a survivor of domestic abuse, I have published two books both with a focus on raising awareness about domestic abuse at their core. Whilst both aim to raise this awareness one is written as a work of fiction whilst the other is a compilation of survivor stories and therefore non-fiction. Both work in different ways to educate and raise awareness of this insidious and unacceptable behaviour.
Over Christmas, incidents of domestic abuse reported to the police rise. Assault and domestic murders increase 25% during the festive period with a third of them been on Christmas Day itself. Bombarded with images of the perfect nuclear family gathered around the gold baubles of a Christmas tree, it can be easy to forget that Christmas is a time of coercion, punishment and violence for many women* and men.
Now I know it isn’t Christmas anymore but January can be just as bad because all those credit card bills come in alongside your usual direct debits. There is even a day in January called Blue Monday and this year its on the 15th. The date is generally reported as falling on the third Monday in January, but also on the second or fourth Monday, or the Monday of the last full week of January. The formula uses many factors, including: weather conditions, debt level (the difference between debt accumulated and our ability to pay), time since Christmas, time since failing our new year’s resolutions, low motivational levels and feeling of a need to take action. Can you imagine this formula and applying it to an abusive relationship?
For 5 days my debut novel Isolation Junction is going to be FREE on Amazon Kindle, this is the first time ever to happen. It’s the week before Blue Monday, I wonder if those reading will be inspired to take action?
Thank you so much Jennifer!
Born in the north-east, Jennifer is a young, married mum with three children. In addition to being an author, she is an entrepreneur, running a family business from her home-base.
Her blog posts have a large readership of other young mums in business.
From an early age, Jennifer has had a passion for writing and started gathering ideas and plot lines from her teenage years. A passionate advocate for women in abusive relationships, she has drawn on her personal experiences to write her first novel Isolation Junction. It details the journey of a young woman from the despair of an emotionally abusive and unhappy marriage to develop the confidence to challenge and change her life and to love again.
Since the publication of her debut novel, Jennifer has continued to be an advocate for those in abusive relationships through her blog posts, radio interviews and Twitter feed.
Jennifer also gained a qualification in facilitating a recover programme for those who have been in abusive relationships. Jennifer continues to publicly support those who are isolated and struggle to have a voice.
Jennifer hopes that Clipped Wings give’s a voice to survivor’s experiences and raise’s
awareness further of the types of unacceptable behaviour which fall into the category of