Tuesday, 28 March 2017

#bookreview ~ Objects in Mirror (Stonegate Series) #anorexia #horses @TudorRobins

Objects in Mirror
(Stonegate Series)

Tudor Robins

Starving, starving … Grace is always starving these days.

But Grace is also strong, and determined, and skinny. For the first time ever Grace is as thin as she wants to be – nearly – and there’s no way she’s giving that up.

Except, what if she has to give up other things to be able to keep wearing her new “skinny” breeches?

What if it comes down to a choice between all the horses she loves – Sprite, the ferocious jumper, and Iowa, the sweet greenie, and Whinny, the abused but tough mare – and the numbers on the scale, the numbers on food labels, the numbers always running through her head?

Grace knows what her stepmother, Annabelle, wants her to decide. She knows what Matt – gorgeous, amazing Matt – wants her to do. She know what the doctors think.

But she also knows nobody else can make this decision for her. And sometimes she’s not even sure if she’s got the strength to do it.

There is danger in living with anorexia, and there is also hope. Objects in Mirror is a truthful exploration of these extremes and of the struggles that lie between them.

What did I make of the book?

Sometimes objects in the mirror are nothing but a distorted version of the truth.

This book is one of those books that you just want to give to everyone because it opens a window to what it is like living with an eating disorder. Not only do you get to read what it feels like to have the disorder, but how the illness affects everyone, family, friends and yes... in this case, horses.

Grace is in a constant battle with herself. She knows she has to eat, but when she can go without food, she feels as if she is in control of her life. She has a counsellor from hell, Dr Kellor who sees the disorder but not the patient. As does her absent father, who cares so much that he wants to sends her to a specialist boarding school for those with anorexia, but doesn't seem to want to spend any time with his daughter at all. He hasn't seen her for so long that he doesn't even know her and yet, he feels it is his right to decide what is best for her life. Neither her father or Dr Kellor understand how important horses are to Grace, but thankful, her step-mother and Matt, a colleague, does. And unlike the paid professional, Matt knows just what buttons to push.

There is a scene in this book where Matt does something so utterly fantastic that it transforms the way Grace looks at herself, hopefully forever. It is a scene that will stay with me for a very long time. I won't give away spoilers, but please...read this book!!

I loved this book, and I think it can do a lot of good to those struggling with an eating disorder and for those who want to understand it. There is plenty of equestrian action too and a charmingly sweet romance.

I Highly Recommend.

I received a copy of this book from the author for review consideration.

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About the author

Her degrees in English Literature and Journalism have shaped Tudor’s writing philosophy and style, and her work as a freelance magazine and newspaper writer established her commitment to accuracy and deadlines.

Sharing her experience and love of writing with others is something Tudor enjoys, and she has been fortunate to have the opportunity to do so through the continuing education workshops she offers for the Ottawa Catholic School Board and other writing organizations. She has also developed and delivered a creative writing workshop for junior and intermediate students.

Tudor lives in Ottawa with her husband and two sons. They spend much of their summers on Wolfe Island, Ontario.

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