Book to Review: Overcome: Burned, Blinded and Blessed by Carmen Blandin Tarleton
Stars: ★★★★ (4/5)
Source: c/o NetGalley
Synopsis: Carmen is a young mother to two girls, recently single, and a transplant from the East Coast to California. While working as a nurse, she meets Herb, a kind older man who charms her and her girls. They wed, and for 9 years they share a life together.
A move back to the East Coast ends in a horrific crime that changes the course of Carmen’s life forever.
Review: This book was a very inspiring read. Carmen was subjected to an awful crime at the hands of someone she once trusted. It was both shocking and horrifying to read.
But what was the best part about the book was Carmen’s positive outlook on the rest of her life. She didn’t come to terms with this immediately, but she discovered that forgiveness was the only way she could move on. And that’s exactly what she did – forgave her abuser.
If you’re not familiar with Carmen’s story, which was the on headline of many news organizations across the country, she was beat and sexually assaulted with a baseball bat by Herb, her estranged husband. He then doused her with industrial strength Lye, which left her burned beyond recognition.
I liked the structure of the book – the first half was detailing up to the point of the attack, starting with her and Herb’s relationship. The climax is at the very middle of the book – the crime. The second half details her recovery, surgeries, and her path of forgiveness and moving on.
If you’re looking for a book that will inspire you to deal with life challenges head on, this is a great read for you!