A Life of Turmoil: The Short Stories of Ana Franken 08150017, Johanna Sparrow

It doesn’t matter how fast or strong I get, I’ll never outrun her or be stronger than her. Mother is strong and has many lives. She keeps me as her servant and her bitch. I’m a mistake that she desperately tries to cover up. Mother would probably be ecstatic if I was a whore and a liar, but since I’m neither, she despises me. In time, you’ll come to know why I’ve decided to tell the world my tumultuous story.

I wouldn’t recommend reliving an abusive past, but for the last forty-plus years, I’ve been living a lie. Daily, I’m finding broken pieces of myself scattered around because of how Mother and her sons shattered the real me. Now, I must put myself back together. I’ve beat myself up for staying in their lives far too long; hoping they’d eventually welcome, accept, and love me. But instead, I’ve continued to be used and abused. I’m often left with anger, rage, and thoughts of having their heads on a platter.

Too much time has been wasted. I just want the world to know the true story of Ana Franken.

A Life of Turmoil is a poignant, emotionally charged, moving novel that will have the reader feeling a host of different emotions. This book is a terrifying look into a scenario that not too many people think about; we know abuse happens, but I believe many people choose to ignore it because it is too upsetting or another reason. My point is, is that this book is upsetting, but it is also essential because the beautiful author of this novel, Johanna Sparrow, has shed some light on some acts that are important to know about so that change can happen. It is a moving story one that I would implore all of you lovely readers to read.

A Life of Turmoil follows the life of a young woman named Ana Franken. Franken is a woman with a horrific past, and when the reader meets her, we follow her narrative as she recounts her abusive childhood. Franken was physically and emotionally abused by her mother as well as her brothers; she encountered horrific acts, unspeakable acts which you would not think she would be able to survive. However Franken is stronger than she first appears as she not only survived but starts to thrive in her adult life. So although this book is very emotional and hard-hitting at times, it is also an inspirational story for all those that have encountered abuse of some kind – there is a future, and nobody/nothing should hinder that and Sparrow expresses this in her novel through the eyes of the lovely Franken.

The story of A Life of Turmoil is written in the first person narrative which makes the read even more poignant and harrowing. I thought it was clever of Sparrow to write in this narrative as she knew exactly what she wanted her readers to feel; she wants to evoke emotions in her readers, and I admire her for doing so. This was clear to me from the very beginning, what was also clear is that Sparrow is a talented writer who knows how to keep a reader engrossed in a story. Her effortless, easy to read narration keeps the reader compelled from beginning to end, her stunning words that are striking as well as moving make the reader feel a lot of emotion. She is a real talent, and I think she is 100% an author to watch out for!

I loved how Sparrow has decided to written a survival story, not a victim story. Franken, the protagonist of this exceptional novel, may be a victim but she is also a survivor, and there is a strong emphasis on this. I adored how Sparrow was talented enough to write Franken in this way; it made me fall in love with her even more as well as feel inspired. Sparrow truly has written a brilliant novel that combines perfect, moving literature with memorable characters and so, I have to give this wonderful book Five Stars!

Thank you so much for reading book lovers, I deeply appreciate it and love discussing wonderful books with all of you so please, comment below and let me know your thoughts on A Life of Turmoil; do you see yourself reading this book? Is it not your usual cup of tea? Let me know all of those brilliant thoughts of yours below! Thank you so much again for reading!  

Goodbye for now book lovers,   

P.S. Here is a preview of the book for all of you lovely readers to enjoy! Please have a read of the preview and if you find that you have loved what you have read then all you need to do is click the Buy on Amazon button and it will take you straight to the book on Amazon USA! If you are in the U.K. then below I have attached a link to the book for the Amazon U.K. website. I have also attached some links about the author and this wonderful book! Thank you so much again for reading book lovers, I can’t wait to hear your thoughts on this book!   

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