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Martha Stevens-David Book Review: "I Thought I Wouldn't Tell It" By Deloris Dallas
By Martha Stevens-David
Aug 31, 2014 - 12:17:37 AM

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This book interested me from the very beginning and I must say, it was not an "easy" read. It tells the story of a young girl's growing up on the Island of Jamaica and the ordeals she encountered in just trying to survive. Abandoned by her parents, and being unwanted by nearly all she comes into contact with, her life takes the reader on a journey that would horrify any human being. Subjected to all types of physical and emotional abuse that one human being can do to another, sadly is a documented fact throughout this great planet and to this very day, it is still on-going.

One would have hoped and dreamed that in a place as beautiful as the island of Jamaica, starvation, sexual abuse, child beating & neglect, psychological manipulation, and every other kind of abuse one can think of, would not have happened to this beautiful child. And it is only through her drive and determination that she is able to gather herself up and take measures to achieve her dream of finding a happy, secure life for herself and her own children.

Those of us, who have been given the gift at birth, of living in a warm, nurturing environment, with supportive, protective parents, would do well to read Deloris' story. It will make one take a hard look at the things we take for granted and we might not like what we finally see.

And we should really question ourselves about "abuse" when we see another human being grab their small, crying child and violently thrust them into the backseat of their car or when a child cries for no apparent reason when we are shopping at the local Wal-Mart.

We, as human beings, need to be cognizant of the fact that just because all is right in our world, it just might not be so, in others. And someone just might need our help.

Would I recommend this book to others? YES!!!

Martha Stevens-David.
Martha Stevens-David Column Magic City

Deloris Dallas ( has a certification as a medical assistant. She has worked as a teacher's assistant and operated a Jamaican restaurant with her husband. Dallas is the mother of seven children. She currently resides in Portland, Oregon.

""I Thought I Wouldn't Tell It"
By Deloris Dallas
Published: 3/31/2014
Abbott Press
Pages: 152
Softcover $13
E-Book $4 - available as ePub, Mobi, and PDF files
ISBN: 978-1-4582-1493-5

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