Fran Elizabeth Grubb
“Get out here, now, or I’m gonna kill you!” he hollered.
Little girls are hardwired to hold their daddies in high esteem, so it comes as a shock the first time a daughter feels the back of her daddy’s hand across her face . . . or watches him punch and kick her mother to within an inch of her life.
How could this be? Her older sisters teach her how to survive, even when he comes for her in the night.
A girl learns to become invisible, to look the other way, to say nothing when a curious stranger asks if she’s okay. To lie. To expect nothing, not even from relatives.
To cry without tears.
To pray silently.
When she is fourteen, and weary, a girl begins to wish she were dead. Cruel Harvest is the compelling story of how she lived instead.
Cruel Harvest is the compelling true story of Fran Grubb, who had an unimaginably hard childhood. She was the victim of many abuses, including sexual, physical, emotional, and more. The main aggressor against her was someone who should have loved and protected her from these very types of evil: her father. The 14 tortuous years of her life, living in fear of this man, and unfortunately, of others, came to a head one night when she was finally able to escape. She was the last of her siblings to be able to do so.
Fran Grubb includes “flashes” forward into her adult life throughout the book, which frankly, provided me with a much needed anchor. The stories she suffered are difficult to read and I became emotionally involved in the book at the very beginning. Having the chance to read the few flashes into the future helped to keep me emotionally in check and to remind me that I need not despair while reading, for she did what others were not able to do: she survived.
As I read, I felt a desire to be a better person to those around me. To be a better advocate for those in need. To stop and think before I pass judgement. To work harder to be a good, kind, and loving mother to my children. To simply be more grateful for that which I have.
I’m giving this book 4 stars. I really liked it, and I definitely recommend it!
*I was not paid for this review. I received a free copy of this book from Booksneeze in exchange for my honest review. The opinions are mine alone.