Tuesday, September 4, 2012
Cruel Harvest has to be one of the saddest books I have ever read. This Memoir is written by Fran Elizabeth Grubb and it looks at the difficult life she experienced as well as her attempts to reconnect with her siblings and deal with her past. Fran’s father abused his children at every opportunity. They never had enough to eat, were forced to work in cotton fields, and experienced sexual, physical, and verbal abuse. As soon as the children and his wife would escape his abuse, he would find a way to reconnect with the children and convince others he only had their best interest in mind. I found it very difficult to read this book, since I could not imagine someone living a life like Fran. I was rooting for her to get away from her father, and I liked reading about her in her later phase of life as she reconnected with her siblings. It was amazing to hear she was not a bitter person, rather she seemed to move on with her life and forgive those who hurt her. This shows a great example that no matter what we go through, forgiveness is an important part of moving forward. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Booksneeze Books. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."