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BLOGWORDS – Friday 25 June 2021 – TUESDAY REVIEWS-DAY-on-FRIDAY – BOOK REVIEW – FRESH SCARS by DONNA MUMMA

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TUESDAY REVIEWS-DAY-on-FRIDAY – BOOK REVIEW – FRESH SCARS by DONNA MUMMA

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Welcome to the Blog + Review Tour for Fresh Scars by Donna Mumma, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!

 

ABOUT THE BOOK

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Title: Fresh Scars

Author: Donna Mumma

Publisher: Firefly Southern Fiction (Iron Stream Media)

Release Date: June 15, 2021

Genre: Southern Fiction

THE BLURB

Time heals all wounds . . . or does it?

Asia Butler and her sister, Ivy Butler Morelli, have not spoken in fifteen years. As children, they endured brutal emotional abuse from their mother, Veronica, and want only to forget the past . . . and each other.

But the past comes calling when they each receive a letter from Veronica s attorney promising much-needed cash if they will fulfill her dying wish and consent to cleaning out their childhood home. Asia and Ivy reluctantly return to their hometown of Emerson, Florida, only to discover the house is a hoarder’s nightmare filled with strange mementos and clues hinting that they were not the only victims of Veronica’s sadistic nature.

Can this new pain be the path to their healing? Will they be able to choose forgiveness over resentment?

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THE AUTHOR

Donna MummaDonna Mumma perfected storytelling in her first grade classroom, spinning tales exciting enough to settle a roomful of antsy six-year-olds. She is an award winning author, and loves to write about flawed people who find a way to overcome and thrive. A Florida native, she loves spending time with her husband, adult children, and their energetic collie, Duke

CONNECT WITH DONNA: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

MY REVIEW

This book grabbed me and it wouldn’t let go! If it weren’t for needing to eat and sleep I wouldn’t have put it down until I was done!

The 1976 movie, Sybil, comes to mind. Not the dissociative identity disorder but the level of abuse that created it. The fear of going back. The coping mechanisms.

Ms. Mumma doesn’t just tell the reader about Asia’s obsessive compulsive behaviors, she shows us. Each nuanced action, every. single. time. she pulls out a packet of wipes to clean her hands or face. Or doorknob. Or telephone. Or car keys. The bulk quantity she owns. Her need to control her environment. And her past that haunts her.

In contrast, Ivy has taken her world by storm. She owns her environment, and enjoys her life far away from her haunting past. But rather than allow that past to torment her, she has locked it securely away, choosing not to remember anything about it. She’s living the life she wished for as a child, and when the monster scratches at the door, she quickly thrusts it back to the pit where it belongs.

Facing each other after fifteen years was not something either sister wanted. Reconciliation wasn’t even on their radar. Or Veronica’s. Ms. Mumma gently guides her characters through those first days of resentment and bitterness, crumbling the walls, one brick at a time.

The level of abuse was horrific. Not something most people think about let alone live. This reader can only imagine what horrors Veronica suffered to become the monster she was. [And there was a clue, at least to my mind.]

What a journey Ms. Mumma takes her reader on. Page after page of peering into the dark recesses of Veronica’s twisted mind, yet at the same time, clue by sordid clue, Asia and Ivy discover more about themselves and each other, opening the way to build a future. One without monsters or memories tucked away, hidden, forbidden. Memories that will no longer hold them captive because they now can be free from the past.

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I received a complimentary copy of this book, but was under no obligation to read the book or to post a review. I offer my review of my own free will. The opinions expressed in my review are my honest thoughts and reaction to this book.

TOUR GIVEAWAY

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(1) winner will receive a signed copy of Fresh Scars plus a $10 Amazon gift card!

Be sure to check out each stop on the tour for more chances to win. Full tour schedule linked below. Giveaway began at midnight June 21, 2021 and lasts through 11:59 PM EST on

 June 28, 2021.

Winner will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or risk forfeiture of prize. US only. Void where prohibited by law or logistics.

Giveaway is subject to the policies found here.

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