I have just finished reading J. Gawlik's new book; "New Beginnings" and I really must say that in my opinion, this story is a phenomenal piece of work.
As the publicity material puts it:
- "New Beginnings" is the story of a 40-something woman, Emma, as she faces the many struggles that accompany her quest to reestablish herself after years of demanding and difficult circumstances. Partly inspired by Gawlik's personal experiences, New Beginnings presents Emma as a shining example for anyone searching for identity and love after spending so much time living for others.
Right from the very beginning, the story carried the reader on a journey that sadly, many other humans have found themselves involved in when trying to make sense of life, love and the pursuit of happiness.
The main character finds herself married with a small child and soon realizes that the man she thought would be with her all of her days, was the worst kind of husband possible. He turns out to be a malicious, vicious person who beats her, constantly threatens her and then even turns to raping her.
She gathers her inner courage, takes her small boy and moves on, resolving to find a better life just for the two of them. She is so terribly injured by her first marriage that once free, she resolves that another man will never have the opportunity to get close enough to her and her heart to harm her again. Thus the story really becomes compelling when another man enters her life.
I sincerely loved this story and hated to see it end.
Will I recommend this book "New Beginnings" to others: ABSOLUTELY!!!
J. Gawlik resides in Yakima, Wash. She teaches language arts to middle school students.
By J. Gawlik
Published Feb 28, 2015