Addicted to Love chronicles Sally Smithfield’s journey through the devastating residual after-effects of childhood abuse. The reader meets her first as a young child and then follows her through teen to young adult years as Sally’s world slowly unravels and her ability to navigate life’s challenges becomes ever more difficult. The suspenseful dialogue and heart wrenching situations are compelling, realistic depictions of the 1970s. This engaging story of courage and determination follows Sally’s travels from the familiar Chicago northern suburbs across the US to St. Louis, MO and later to Scottsdale, AZ. Addicted to Love, is an intensely moving account concerning family secrets, love and loss. It is thoughtfully written and emotionally complex, appealing to readers who seek a gripping story of forgiveness and redemption.
Rating 4 out of 5 Stars
This novel captures the long-lasting impact that childhood abuse has on the soul. Growing up in the suburbs of Chicago, Sally outwardly had an "ideal" life. Inside, however, she suffered at the hands of those who loved her most. In time, the impact of this abuse began to show in her relationships with her both her family members and her first love. Sadly, the impact even followed on to the next generation. One of the most insightful aspects of this novel is the way the author depict's Sally's ongoing commitment to one of her family members who hurt her the most as a child. Sally's craving for familial love was so much that she continued to try to attain throughout her life.
Overall, this was an interesting novel with some unexpected twists and turns.
I would purchase this for a friend.