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I cried when the author cried, became angry when she was angry and frustrated when she was frustrated. This is a "must read" for all educators.


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This is not an easy story to read, but the clear, honest voice in which it's told carries us through. Emalou King shares the perspective of a good mother who discovers incest in her own family. Her discovery occurs at a time in our history when incest is a dirty little secret- something that happens to 'other people'. As a result, the limited resources and support available are tragically inadequate, leaving Emalou and her children vulnerable while she navigates the treacherous road in front of her. Her courage and tenacity leave the reader inspired and hopeful. A gripping story and one I highly recommend.

Emalou King's writing may well surprise you. The topic is fascinating and horrifying at times but what made me love this book was the way King says things. She has a spare style, clean and free of cliches. The characters also surprise. They all come to life powerfully. I know, it's a memoir so the characters are real but, as any writer or reader knows, it's difficult to flesh them out on the page, as King does here.

The mother is a young military wife.

She's quirky, smart and, at times, hilarious. The husband perpetrator of the crime is also painted as a three-dimensional person -- you come to know why the mother fell in love with him. This makes the story all the more awful and all the more real.

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I'm very picky about what I read -- it has to be a page-turner and it has to be well written. Under My Roof is both. See all 5 reviews. Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers. Learn more about Amazon Giveaway. Set up a giveaway. Customers who viewed this item also viewed. Sins of Our Mothers: Skeletons in Our Closets. A True Story of Incest.

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Elizabeth Faust on Oct. Sometimes lurking below a seemingly "normal" family life is a tangled web of deception. We want the American dream -- a home, a loving family, a perfect marriage, and relationships built on trust. King's book exposes the vulnerability of a family, her family! As betrayal sets in, the slow decay of an American dream gone wrong surfaces. As I was reading this book, I harkened back to a time in my own life when I, too, was married to a controlling, abusive man, and how I tried to ignore the signs of the potential threat to my own family.

King does an excellent job portraying in detail the subtle and not-so-subtle signs of abuse and incest in the setting of the '60's, 70's and '80's -- a time period when we all expected a "Father Knows Best" kind of life. This book would be an excellent book club candidate or a book to share with a daughter or son or friend. It opens the door to communication, not only of the subject of incest but also the trap that women and men fall into when they are involved in a controlling relationship and to what degree we stay in that relationship in the name of "love" It doesn't matter whether staying in a relationship-gone-wrong makes "sense" sometimes Suzanne Barrett on Aug.

A series of mishaps prevented her from completing her tests to get her RN, but she was determined that Ray was the one. They married in August and relocated to Utah, setting up housekeeping near the air base to which Ray was assigned. A daughter, Tori was born.

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Eventually, they were stationed near Frankfurt, Germany, and they remained here until Ray left the service. This is not a story of young love, a happy marriage or life in the sixties and seventies. Her faith and her vows instilled a determination within her to make things right, despite the signs that the carefree man she married was not the man she now shared a home with. Ray was manipulative and, at times, overbearing, and drink became his nightly companion. Despite the increasing signs, Emalou chose not to see or believe them.

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