Today I am thrilled to have Jennifer Gilmour author of Isolation Junction on my blog. Jennifer is a passionate advocate for women in abusive relationships, she amalgamated and fictionalised other survivors experiences alongside her own to write her first novel detailing the journey of a young woman from the despair of an emotionally abusive and unhappy marriage.
Although the author discusses a difficult subject in her guest post, I do think it’s an important one, if it helps to raise awareness than it can only be a good thing right?
I’m Jennifer Gilmour, a young married mum of 3, an entrepreneur and now a published author. From an early age, I have had a passion for writing and have been gathering ideas and plot lines from my teenage years. A passionate advocate for women in abusive relationships, I have amalgamated and fictionalised other survivors’ experiences alongside my own to write my first novel. It details the journey of a young woman from the despair of an emotionally abusive and unhappy marriage to develop the confidence to challenge and change her life and to love again.
With Christmas almost upon us the pressures for someone who is in an abusive relationship can be at a peak. From little pressures such as whether you can or can’t attend a Christmas party, see friends and family and what is said and how’s it’s said in anyone else’s presence. To the threat that something bad will happen and the worry that the abuser will ruin Christmas for the children or relatives. From my own experience it seems to be taken upon yourself to do above and beyond your ability to make sure nothing will go wrong; and to try and sail through Christmas in any way possible. Then there’s the financial abuse, if the abuser refuses to help buy Christmas gifts how are you going to buy them or are you going to give nothing and lie about why. These are just a couple of examples and there are 1,000 more that could present. People often asked why I didn’t leave the relationship and it was because of all these 1,000 reasons to stay to make it easier and which were fuelled with fear, there are only been perhaps a 100 positive reasons to leave and they seem to out weigh each other massively.
Between the 19th December to 26th December and the kindle version of Isolation Junction will be just 99p. It is also free on Kindle Unlimited.
Could this help someone you know who is being abused but they are defensive? This book could help them see that it isn’t normal behaviour, it’s not their fault and they can be happy and leave safely with the right help. The novel has opened up a huge discussion of the behaviour and for those who don’t understand, it’s enlightened them to see what it could be and the progression behind it. My aim is to encourage questions, challenge the current law and the behaviour itself. It has gotten people thinking about their friendship circle and I have been contacted by many saying, “I have passed your book on to my friend because I think they are in this situation…”
People have seen a different side to abuse through my fictional novel. It’s something that has before been addressed in a text book rather than a novel. The reaction has been that people have learnt about a different type of abuse and what coercive control can look like. It is hard to explain in a text book to fully demonstrate this type of behaviour. I’m pleased that people are being educated through my fictional story and are also looking for the signs of abuse in friends and family.
I quote a few reviews here to give you a bit of an idea:
”This book I was not able to put down”
“A hugely important book!”
“A very gripping and interesting read”
“Thank you Jennifer for highlighting this issue and hopefully inspiring women to break free from emotional abuse”
“A fictional account of an everyday, unacceptable issue”
“It really packed a punch and left me feeling quite emotional!”
“Isolation Junction shows that there can be life after abuse”
As well as educating, it is also an entertaining book as you can see from the reviews. It is not filled with doom and gloom but features romance and some comedic moments.
I would like to wish you all a happy Christmas but also a safe one as well.
Born in the North East, I am a young, married mum with three children. I am an entrepreneur, running a family business from my home-base and I have a large readership of other young mums in business for my blog posts.
From an early age I have had a passion for writing and have been gathering ideas and plot lines from my teenage years. A passionate advocate for women in abusive relationships, I have amalgamated and fictionalised other survivors experiences alongside my own to write my first novel detailing the journey of a young woman from the despair of an emotionally abusive and unhappy marriage to develop the confidence to challenge and change her life and to love again.
I hope that in reading my debut novel, I will raise awareness of this often hidden and unseen behaviour and empower women in abusive relationships to seek help for themselves and find the confidence to change their lives.
Rose is the mother of two young children, and finds herself living a robotic life with an abusive and controlling husband. While she struggles to maintain a calm front for the sake of her children, inside Rose is dying and trapped in ‘Isolation Junction’. She runs an online business from home, because Darren won’t let her work outside the house. Through this, she meets other mums and finds courage to attend networking events, while Darren is at work, to promote her business. It’s at one of these events that Rose meets Tim, a sympathetic, dark-haired stranger who unwittingly becomes an important part of her survival.
After years of emotional abuse, of doubting her future and losing all self-confidence, Rose takes a stand. Finding herself distraught, alone and helpless, Rose wonders how she’ll ever escape with her sanity and her children. With 100 reasons to leave and 1,000 reasons she can’t, will she be able to do it? Will Tim help her? Will Rose find peace and the happiness she deserves? Can Rose break free from this spiralling life she so desperately wants to change?
You can read my review here……
My thanks to Jennifer Gilmour for her Guest Post.
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