Monday, October 21, 2013

REVIEW: The Wooden Chair by Rayne E. Golay

Publication Date: May 15, 2013
Winner of the Royal Palm Award!

As a child, Leini stands ready to do anything to win her mother Mira’s love. This effort costs her the sight in one eye and as a result, causes her to endure bullying from kids her own age. As a teenager, with her Grandpa’s help, she undergoes one more surgery to straighten her eye, but the psychological scar of the events of her childhood remain.

Leini struggles to break free of Mira’s tyranny by leaving her native Helsinki to study psychology at Geneva University. A few years later, married, herself about to become a mother, she is determined with her own children not to repeat Mira’s behavior. With the help of a psychiatrist, she labors through the pains of past hurts to become a nurturing and loving mother and wife, as well as a successful professional, as she grows from victim to victor over adversity. Can her efforts lead her to the one thing she needs to discover the most - the ability to forgive her mother?

I was given this book from the publisher on behalf of the author for an honest review.
This book sucked me in from the very first page. This is not your typical story and although there are parts in this book…. I will admit, I cried a lot. Wishing I could make it all better for Leini. This little girl gets a lot of emotional flack being told she is unwanted and unloved… Her mother has very self destructive habits and just… well, I won’t give too much more away, just to say that you should have a box of tissues handy if you decide to read this book.

I give this book 5 out of 5 shields!

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