Today I’m on the blog tour for What Nobody Knew, the hard hitting and emotional true story of a survivor….

the blurb

My story begins aged 3, when my mother abandoned me and left me with my brutal father to raise me. Nobody knew the secrets that went on inside that house, or the journey that I travelled on after leaving it, until now. This is the story of my survival.

What do you do when no one wants you?

How many people need to destroy a child until that child wants to destroy herself?

What if social services always got told a different story?

What would you do if you were in my position?

Survival is key.

Where to buy: Paperback ~ Amazon US  ~ Amazon UK ~ iBooks ~ Waterstones ~ Book Depository ~ Barnes & Noble ~ Kobo ~ WHSmith

about the author

Amelia is a mum and a survivor. She wrote her book What Nobody Knew to help other people who have been through similar experiences and to educate people who are unaware of what goes on behind closed doors. She has no previous writing experience, she’s just one person who wants to change the world for the better. She also loves cats and reading in her spare time.

Where to find Amelia online: Twitter ~ Facebook

You can also read Amelia’s Meet the Author interview with me here.

my review

What Nobody Knew is the true story of Amelia’s life and details the abuse and neglect that she experienced as a child.  Being only a few years older than me, this was a hard and emotional read for me.  I just can’t imagine what she must have gone through, and how badly she was let down by so many people, including social services.  Without the inclusion of dates you would think this was something that happened many many years ago but it wasn’t…..it was recent and it’s something everyone should be aware of.

The story starts from the age of 3 where Amelia was abandoned by her Mother, leading to a life of violence, abuse and neglect at the hands of her Father and Step-Mother.  Her childhood is so sad; you can really see from her words how she had no joy and didn’t get to experience things that so many of us take for granted.  She was eventually sent to a boarding school and it was the only place she felt mildly safe and had some sort of routine and normality.  But then as a teen her Father raped her.  She then had to face recounting the horror to so many people and going through a court case.  And then finally her Step-Mother kicks her out…..and she’s thrown into a world of fending for herself as an adult; this is when things start to change for her.

Amelia has written this so well and in such an honest and open way.  I can only imagine how it must have felt for her to relive some of her experiences and put them in to writing.  All the way through I felt so sorry that she had to go through these awful things and just wanted to hug her tight.  I was also so angry and frustrated by the lack of care she received and as I’ve mentioned, the amount of people that let her down.  At times I had to remind myself that this was TRUE and these things had really happened to someone; and that just reminds me how many atrocious and appalling people there are in this world.  The inclusion of social service and police reports add to the story too but also increase your own anger and frustration.

Amelia is an amazing and strong woman who has overcome so many obstacles that most of us can’t even begin to imagine.  She is so brave to write and publish her story to bring awareness to these issues, and by writing her story can bring hope to others that may be going through similar experiences.  Thank you Amelia for your bravery and for sharing your story with the world.  After everything you have been through you fully deserve to live a happy life and I wish you every happiness and a future full of love.

rating

Absolutely ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

tour hosted by

Book On The Bright Side

Thanks to Sarah for inviting me on to the tour, and a massive thank you to Amelia for sharing her story and providing me with a copy of the book in return for an honest review.  All views are my own and unbiased.

Chelle x

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