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By Mary Eatmon

Nine Houses:  Chronicles Of One Woman’s Triumph Over Abuse, Shame, and Neglect was written by Mary Eatmon and published by IXH Productions in 2015. You may purchase it at Amazon.com/Kindle. Visit the author on Facebook.

 

Mary never thought anything of the young man coming up on her porch to ask her for a cup of water. After all, it was a hot summer afternoon in Birmingham, Alabama. Little did she suspect that her act of kindness would change her life forever. He followed her into her home and attacked her, leaving her with a choice to make at the tender age of 15. She could put everyone at risk and tell her story, or she could live with the fear and pain of what happened and protect her loved ones.

Nine Houses shares Mary’s inspiring story of adversity, abuse and escape. It reveals the heart-wrenching tale of a young girl forced into a tumultuous marriage that lasted for 30 years and how she overcame the pain that accompanied the truth of what happened.

 

As I read Nine Houses, and learned of the rape and all of the horrible abuses that Mary and her children endured, there was one question that kept leaping out at me from the pages: WHY would anyone marry such a monster after being raped by him? The answers are there but in this particular case one would have to ask 15 year old Mary to get the honest answer and some of the reasons are alluded to in the book. You might also want to ask a psychologist who would label the behavior as  Stockholm Syndrome. The fact is Mary is not alone. Over 30,000 women fall victim to S. S. in the way that Mary did.

Once I began to read Mary’s story I could not put the book down. It pulled me into the incredible life of this very inspiring and talented woman. Mary faced a lifetime of terror and unimaginable horrors and yet, with her faith in God and love of her children, she has made a life worth living. Mary is now into her 80′s and she shows no sign of slowing down.

Her skill as a writer shines through in this book as the story flows nicely and is easy to read.

I give
Nine Houses:  Chronicles Of One Woman’s Triumph Over Abuse, Shame, and Neglect 4 stars.

 Mary Eatmon will be our guest on The Writers Lounge Blog Talk Radio Show on Monday March 2, 2015 at 7 PM Central Time- USA.
Please watch the trailer for Nine Houses here: