Title: Walking Over Eggshells
Author: Lucinda E. Clarke
How I got the book: I got a free digital copy from the author in exchange for an honest review
Summary (from Goodreads):
Walking Over Eggshells is an autobiography that tells the story of a mentally abused child, who married a “Walter Mitty” clone who took her to live in many different countries. They moved from England to Kenya, from Libya to Botswana and on again to South Africa. It took all her courage to survive in situations that were at times dangerous, sometimes humorous, but always nerve wracking. She had a variety of jobs, different types of homes, and was both a millionairess and totally broke. At one end of the scale she met royalty, hosted ambassadors, and won numerous awards for her writing and for her television programmes. At the other end, she climbed over garbage dumps, fended off the bailiffs, and coped with being abandoned in the African bush with a seven week old baby, no money and no resources. She admits to being the biggest coward in the world, but her survival instincts kicked in and she lived to tell her story. This book will make you laugh and cry, but also it also explains the damage being brought up by a mother with a personality disorder can inflict on a child. However, it is not all doom and gloom, and hopefully it will inspire others who did not have the best start in life either.
Walking Over Eggshells was a beautiful read about a young girl growing up into a woman and living life on her own with some ups and plenty of downs with a very little support system.
The story starts with the author as a young girl and shows her harsh relationship with her mother. She grows up keeping in touch with her mother through phone calls and handwritten letters as she gets married, has children, and moves from one place to the next. Though her mother is never impressed.
The book is very well written and tells a great story with an important message.
I found the story to get a bit boring in the middle which slowed the story down for me, but it was a great story overall.
Walking Over Eggshells by Lucinda E. Clarke gets 4 out of 5 stars.
“Time heals, and with repeated self-affirmation, many of us, once we have understood the scernario, can set out on the road to recovery.” –Lucinda E. Clarke, Walking Over Eggshells
About the Author:
Born in Dublin, dragged up in the Cotswolds and finished off in Liverpool. I’ve lived in 8 different countries, had a variety of jobs and earned my living from writing since 1985. Worked in films and television in South Africa and ran my own video production company, Now retired to Spain and writing books – I have just published the 6th.