Escape is only the beginning of her nightmares.
The beautiful Silvana, shunned by society through no fault of her own, leaves Azerbaijan. She migrates to Kenya, where she falls in love with a man she sees as the answer to her prayers.
But her new husband, Mark, isn't the man she thought she was marrying. In almost no time, he chips away at her soul and body, leaving her battered and more alone than ever. In her desperation to get away, she begins to believe that a well-plunged knife may spell the difference between freedom and a lifetime of more abuse - or worse.
She must make a decision which will change her life forever. Will she use it to stop the actions of a monster, or choose another path?
Broken Chains is a 2017 Readers' Favorite and Bookvana Awards finalist. It has also been honoured as a finalist in the 2018 International Book Awards in the category of 'Fiction - Inspirational'
I came across Emiliya Ahmadova’s book “Broken Chains” after reading Emily Hayworth’s book “Verbal Abuse: Diary of an Abusive Relationship”. Broken Chains is another moving story pointing out domestic violence. Some people may say these are just common stories. Are they? I don’t think so. The fact that too many women live a life of oppression, injustice, and abuse, be it verbal or physical, doesn’t mean these life-stories are “ordinary”. It should not be considered normal when people, especially women, are treated like slaves, trash, and “second class humans”. But, unfortunately, the reality is quite different. That’s why, in my opinion, it’s so important that more women dare to raise their voices.
Broken Chains is an awesome book. I love it. The plot is rich, unique and really gripping. I couldn’t put it down until I finished reading the last chapters at 5 o’clock in the morning.
Emiliya Ahmadova writes in her very own fascinating style. Authentic and honest. It’s a very touching story of 5 generations of Azeri women. Mary, Sadaget, Esmira, Silvana and Silvana’s daughters. Each of them tries to prepare the next generation for a better life. In vain? Is there a way to escape fate and traditions, break up with unwritten rules and change the future for good?
The author shaped colorful and very believable and likable characters. These women have a lot in common and are so different at the same time. The story seems very real. Indeed it is, because, unfortunately always today, myriads of women deal every day with domestic abuse. The kind of taboo topic. It happens only to the others.
There are never too many stories narrated, too many books written, too many songs sung or too many people raising their voices against abuse, violence, and humiliation. Whoever argue that this is only one more ordinary story never lived it and should hold his tongue. For the rest of us, this book is very inspiring and full of lessons and hope. Hope for a better life for all of us. Hope for a new future for the next generations. For a new world, where justice and human rights reign instead of hate and indignity.
This book will find its way to many readers across the world. It is beautifully written, stirring, and full of suspense. The story is filled with drama but also a lot of hope for a better future. A better world will come. I truly want to believe it. Congratulations to Emiliya Ahmadova who created this inspiring story--with passion, love, and hard work. Women, get the words out! Each story is important and helps to raise awareness, and finally, shape a new future for all of us.
Silvana is a strong and very relatable charater. I have only read one other book that has brought me to tears the way this one did. You get a real sense of truth behind each and every situation as you follow Silvana through out her story and journey. Because of this you can't help but feel a strong connection with her and her children. There were several occasions that I had to put the book down and regroup becauae the writting is so real and intense. I enjoyed Broken Chains for so many reasons but mostly because it is going to be very hard to forget. All I can say is get those tissues ready and hang on tight!
Broken Chains by Emiliya Ahmadova is a touching story that will appeal to a wide audience because of the sensitive, not-so-often discussed questions it raises. In the heart of this story is the important question: What does it take to live with a deep sense of inner freedom? The author opens her narrative with a fortuitous encounter between the parents of the protagonist and moves on to show how this encounter leads to a brief affair that culminates in an unwanted pregnancy. Esmira, the mother of the protagonist, raises her daughter alone, under difficult conditions. Now an adult, Silvana has to face the challenges of growing up and the horrors of abusive relationships. How she deals with her abusive Christian partner is what will blow readers' minds. This is a page-turning tale of one woman’s struggle to avoid the same fate that befell her mother, a story of suffering, inhumanity, and redemption.
Emiliya Ahmadova’s Broken Chains is a powerful work in the area of protest literature, a tale that gives voice to the voiceless people who suffer in any form of relationship. In Silvana, Ahmadova develops an icon of protest against the numerous forms of injustices orchestrated against women. The author writes confidently about issues in a wide selection of themes, including religion, interracial, and inter-religious marriage, the primacy of human dignity, the primary right to freedom and happiness, and a lot more. Silvana is a compelling and well-developed character who will not only interest readers, but will be a powerful example of a warrior for freedom and human rights.