A Fractured Mind

A Fractured Mind

5
Average: 5 (1 vote)
Pages: 
218
£5.59
ISBN:
9781787103474
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Since the death of her husband due to a hunting accident, Amelia has lived alone with her daughter, Lila. Being passionate about women’s rights, Amelia soon becomes known as the best midwife in small-town Elmvale where she is raising Lila to be a strong woman like her mother. Through their journey, the two find that not all marriages are as healthy as they seem…Their paths soon lead them to Mr. and Mrs. William Blows. Elise Blows married a rich and powerful man she soon started to fear, and with a baby on the way, Elise finds no escape from the abusive marriage. Amelia must take drastic measures to save Elise and her baby. Will Amelia be able to save Elise? Are there more women like Elise who need saving from neglectful and abusive marriages? What atrocities are perpetrated behind closed doors? Follow the journey of Amelia and her friends in their struggle for women’s rights.
Debra E. Meilleur

Debra E.
Meilleur

Deborah worked as a nurse for over twenty years and retired soon after her son's unexpected death in 2014. Wanting to help her with her grief she began writing, never imagining she would become a published author. Emily Rose brought her back to a time when life was less complicated.

Reviews

by
larry greenspan
0
A Fractured Mind by Debra E Meilleur could not be more topical, poignant or enlightening Finally, In 2017 we are beginning to understand sexual inequality and demand there be consequences for the actions of the Harvey Weinstiens of our world. In early 20th century Ontario, sexual inequality was a fact of life, and the William Blows were free to act as they pleased, as reporting him would have resulted in “the constable (laughing) in my face”. Mrs Meilleur, employing a simplistic writing style, depicts a clear picture of the starkness and isolation of early pioneering life peripherally, while focussing on a disturbing vision of the sexist (and racist) realities of the era. Amelia, a strong and enlightened widow wonders why “men consider themselves smarter than women”. She understands that if “women were more educated they would become more independent” and indeed radically sends her daughter Lila off to university. We join her on her rounds as a midwife of the Barrie region, where we are subjected to the horrors of sexual and mental abuse. It’s like a train wreck that we don’t want to see but are compelled to examine closely. Elise when asked why she lets William hurt her responds: “because he’s my husband” knowing that when she fled to a nunnery, the nuns returned her. Molly understands that she is penniless and has nowhere else to go. Angela, whose uterus was protruding and slightly tilted, had fourteen live births and two still births in the past nineteen years because her husband “felt it was a woman’s duty to bear as many children as God blessed them with”. After reading this novel, I better understand the world of sexual/mental abuse and inequality. Characteristics and limitations of both abuser and abused are clearly portrayed in a very accessible manner. As a somewhat naïve 21st century male, I feel better prepared to understand and act upon this pressing issue of our time. I especially recommend this novel for parents and teachers to read with adolescents of all ages. The writing style and content will allow for both understanding and lively, enlightening discussion
by
Sandra Gauthier
5
A Fractured Mind was a Great Read! It captures the life of women of the time period..their sacrifices and hardships. This book hits all the emotions. I couldn’t put it down. Very well researched and compelling. Two thumbs up!!

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