TAYLOR JONES SAYS: They Raped Me Once ~ Over & Over Again by Jacqueline Charmane is about a young woman who, while involved with another man (Tony), is raped—and subsequently becomes pregnant—by a man whom she thought was a nice person, whom she had known for a while, who always had treated her nicely, and whom she never expected to act in such a way. It is a poignant tale of her troubled life from the moment the rape happens, to her decision to not tell Tony about the rape and to keep the baby.
She endures many trials and obstacles through her life because of her decisions. She finally hits rock bottom and decides to takes a new approach. It is only then that her life begins to make a change for the better. She decides to accept God into her life and through this decision she discovers her true strength and creates a better life for herself. Through the power of forgiveness and honesty, she finds a way back from her troubled path to regain the person that she once was.
It is a gripping tale, and very candid, although due to its graphic nature, the book may not be for everyone. I give They Raped Me Once ~ Over & Over Again 4.3 stars.
REGAN MURPHY SAYS: They Raped Me Once ~ Over & Over Again by Jacqueline Charmane is a troubling story. No woman should have to go through what this woman did, especially since she never got justice for the things that were done to her. Yes, we all have problems, and yes, we all suffer injustices. But most of us aren’t royally screwed, by people we love and/or trust, for no other reason than that they can.
The story, while poignant and troubling, is upbeat rather than depressing as Charmane has an undefeatable spirit and managed to come through each crisis with her spirit intact. So the story is not one of “poor me, poor me,” though God knows it well could have been as she has every right to feel sorry for herself.
I am a big believer in justice, and while Charmane managed to forgive the things that happened to her and go on to get her life back, I didn’t feel she ever received the justice due her. And she is a much better woman than I am as I doubt I could have forgiven so easily. I think every woman should read this book, as you never know when life can turn on you and bite you on the ass. I give the book 4.4 stars.
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