Janalyn P, Reviewer
“Victims make the best bird houses, “we need Larry Franklin a family man with a long marriage and two daughters who he loves. He barely remembered his own father due to him and his older brother been killed in a car accident when he was seven. So at 50 when his mom makes the offhanded comment that his father didn’t love him and his brother used to beat him and bother him at night Larry’s whole life image was shook and it would take him on a 23 year voyage of discovery. I couldn’t imagine being Mr. Franklin his mom seemed cold and I’m feeling it clearly his dad and brother were disturbed, but that didn’t stop him from being a great father and the best husband he could despite it this is a really interesting if not disturbing story about child abuse and healing. Kudos to Lowry Franklin for continuing to try and coming to a place of peace. I highly recommend this book if you have gone through the same or something similar or just want to be inspired you should really read this book. Although it has some triggers it is worth getting to the end. I received the spot from NetGalleyShelf in the author but I am leaving this review voluntarily please forgive any mistakes as I am blind and dictate my review but all opinions are definitely my own.
Madie L, Reviewer
Larry Franklin is helping his mother after her eye surgery when she lets some secrets spill… Larry’s dad didn’t care about him one bit or love him and Larry’s older brother, Keith, used to beat him.
What Larry couldn’t remember about his childhood suddenly comes rushing back and with the help of a therapist and his wife, he is able to tackle those horrible memories and learn about who he used to be and what he repressed.
First off, I am applauding Mr. Franklin for stepping up and telling his story. Stories like these are what can help give men their voices to feel that it’s okay to speak out about sexual abuse and rape. Secondly, Mr. Franklin is a strong man to be able to write about his time looking into his repressed memories and telling what he found. This book is not easy to read, not because of the writing but because of what he talks about. He’s detailed and the reader will feel his pain and his hurt in learning what happened to him.
Thank you NetGalley for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.