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Detailed Pieces of a Shattered Dream

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This is a heartrending book about an extraordinary woman who escaped danger in multiple situations and bravely tells the tale.

At 19 years of age, Amanda sought a change in her life. Her marriage to a man 19 years her senior was not working. His personality led to a controlling nature in their relationship. Amanda sought an escape, a chance for rebirth. She relocated to live with her extended family, namely Her Grandmother. A quick sojourn with a cousin soon turned into a stranded hell, where her cousin manipulated and mistreated her. She was seen as more servant than relative. She soon found she was without home and truly on her own.


Amanda faced uncertainty and homelessness, but soon ran into a couple who offered a glimmer of hope. The young couple offered a free room, she could look for a job and help out when able. The opportunity soon developed into a nightmare, when Amanda was the subject of a brutal sexual assault by the man who took her in. Fear gripped Amanda, as the man threatened her life at the time of the vicious assault. The shock of the rape and Amanda's strong resolve pushed her to find ways of avoiding her attacker. She needed a way out of her current predicament, but she also needed money. The prospect of a job that could pay her way out of this hell was attractive. The lure of employment would bring Amanda to an unquestionable horror that one could only hope never to have to experience.


"Detailed Pieces of a Shattered Dream" is far from an easy read. The subject matter is brutal and harrowing in its scope. The honesty and courage of the author in putting down her travails is palpable. The abuse and exploitation experienced by the author shocks the conscience, yet is an all too present crime committed against women. Ms. Blackwood pens this cautionary tale with heart and soul bared. A moving true story.

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About the author

I am currently a five time published author, public speaker, and a survivor of human trafficking. I often write about my own experiences but lately have branched off into post apocalyptic science fiction. Who better to predict the end of the world than someone who has already lived? view profile

Published on January 01, 2020

Published by Mandolin Publishing

10000 words

Contains mild explicit content ⚠️

Genre: Biographies & Memoirs

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