51co+wLalfL._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_Based on a true story, a new novel from Diamante Lavendar. Joan Eastman was born like any other girl. However her life would prove to be a life of great pain… Growing up, she was treated differently by family members, powerless to defend herself against their sexual and psychological abuse. Feeling she had been dealt a wicked hand by the “powers that be”, she spiraled into substance abuse and troubled relationships. She became a victim of addiction and self-hatred. Not giving up, she becomes aware of a greater spiritual being that protects her and she begins to heal. Then she finds herself pregnant. She learns to understand nothing is hopeless; that with a changed view and self discovery, there is real hope in every situation, no matter how difficult. As she and her husband look forward to the birth of their child, she writes in her diary as a way of expelling all of the evil memories. On bed rest for the duration of her pregnancy, she endures tests and tribulations that at first she couldn’t begin to understand. But no matter how high the hurdles in Joan’s life are, she doesn’t look back, and pulls the pieces of her life together…for herself and her unborn child. This inspirational story speaks of Joan’s gradual self acceptance and healing of her body, mind and spirit. It speaks of the possibilities of the future and the fulfillment of the dream of love and family. And it speaks of jumping the hurdles in life without looking back, no matter how high those hurdles may be. Buy Breaking the Silence now to experience this inspirational story of self discovery and healing following a past of sexual abuse, addiction, and troubled relationships. Also written by Diamante Lavendar The Secrets of Yashire, a fantasy adventure story about a young girl on a quest for healing in a strange land. Diamante Lavendar has been in love with reading since she was a child. She spent many hours listening to her mother read to her when she was young. As she grew older, she enjoyed reading novels of all genres: horror, fantasy and some romance to name a few. She began writing in college and published some poetry in anthologies over the years. After her kids were older, she wrote as a form of self expression and decided she wanted to share her stories with others. Most of her writing is very personal and stems from her own experiences and those of her family and friends. She writes to encourage hope and possibility to those who read her stories. Diamante believes that everyone should try to leave their own positive mark in the world, to make it a better place for all. Writing is the way that she is attempting to leave her mark—one story at a time. To learn more about Diamante Lavendar’s inspiring female characters, and their stories of personal growth visit her website.

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A Great Read, Especially for Those Who Have Lived It”

Five Star Review on Amazon By Kieran Hair

Diamante Lavendar’s gut-wrenching tale of abuse and survival does not actually begin with the work itself. Instead, this book begins with a poem entitled “Please Do Not Weep.” This poem underscores the depth of the emotional journey that is to be undertaken throughout this novel. The poem speaks to the good that may come of our sorrows, the growth that we experience through hardship. Its message may not be entirely clear prior to reading the book. It may seem inappropriate for a story of someone who has been mistreated. But upon reading the novel, it becomes clear that without this poem, the story would be incomplete.

The story centers on Joan Eastman, and we begin to learn early on that her life has not been easy. We learn throughout the story of her abuse, her addiction, her miscarriage, and more. But she has been granted a new lease on life. Despite her struggles, she has been given another chance to bear a child. She no longer wants to victimize herself through substance abuse, the way she was victimized by those who were supposed to treat her with kindness in her youth. She is ready to break the cycle, and she will do anything to make it happen.

The writing style of this book is interesting. It takes the form of fictionalized diary entries, although the story itself is meant to be based on a true story. In between these diary entries are short sections, each entitled “Life Lesson.” They are only a few lines each, succinct and to the point. And while many of them seem intuitive, they are lessons of which we must all be reminded from time to time. This can be a difficult book to read at times, especially for those who have been hurt by those they loved or who have hurt themselves through substance abuse. But those who are willing to work through the pain will find this tale of inspiration to be most beneficial. Because it does not matter how much of the story has been fictionalized; every word of this story is dripping with truth.

About the Author

Diamante Lavendar has been in love with reading since she was a child. She spent many hours listening to her mother read to her when she was young. As she grew older, she enjoyed reading novels of all genres: horror, fantasy and some romance to name a few.

She began writing in college and published some poetry in anthologies over the years. After her kids were older, she wrote as a form of self expression and decided she wanted to share her stories with others.

Most of her writing is very personal and stems from her own experiences and those of her family and friends. She writes to encourage hope and possibility to those who read her stories.

Diamante believes that everyone should try to leave their own positive mark in the world, to make it a better place for all. Writing is the way that she is attempting to leave her mark—one story at a time.

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