The Weight of Shadows by Alison Strobel has a good title. The subject matter that is covered by the book is not a light topic.
Kim is celebrating her birthday with a group of strangers who have no idea it is her birthday. So when the handsome Rick starts paying attention to her, she starts to feel like she won the lottery. She knows she doesn’t deserve him, but fall for him she does.
What would you do if you knew that your neighbor was abusing his wife? What if she refused to leave? What if he threatened your family? Ok so I gave away some of the storyline, but there was very little about this book that was a huge surprise. It did put you into the mind of a abuse victim and how the abuser slowly gains contol of every aspect of their life. Some of the women you meet at the shelter have an amazing stories. The stories made my heart ache for the woman telling the story and angry at the guys who thought they had the right to do those things to the women they were suppose to love and cherish.
Like I said before this is not a light read, but it is a good one. One that does show that until the victim wants to leave there is nothing we can do except pray. We can make ourselves available to them as a safe place to go to when they are ready to leave. We also need to be ready with the information they will need to make a safe escape. Alison does include websites and places that will have that info for us, which is very helpful.