I know I’m a day late. Argh!! Sorry about this!
I am so happy to be part of this book tour. This tour will happen from May 20 to June 20. JR Wagner is the author of The Never Chronicles. Tristis Manor is a novella for The Never Chronicles.
Tristis Manor by JR Wagner
(Excerpt from GoodReads) Margaret lives in a constant state of fear. Fear of her mother, whose constant state of anger and unwillingness to speak of Margaret’s past have long since pushed Margaret away. Fear of disappointing her father should he ever discover the events of that day. Most of all, Margaret lives in fear of her abuser’s return. Margaret turns to self-harm to cope with her pain and fear. Only when her self-inflicted injuries bring her near death does she realize she has the power and the support from an unlikely place to stand up to her fears and believe in herself again.
The story starts with 9-year-old Margaret scraping her fingers on the floor, tearing them up so she can escape into the pain. Something is bothering her but it seems as though it is her cold mother. Recently she developed a bed wetting habit and her strict mother was punishing her for it. The head of the house steps up and protects her as best as she can from her mother by giving her chores and other things to keep Margaret from hurting herself.
Then Margaret’s father comes home for a visit. She literally blooms from with her father’s arrival. Then her mother announces that she is expecting a child. That news bothers her along with her all ready heavy secret.
When the child is born, it becomes Margaret’s responsibility to raise the child. Her mother keeps finding excuses for why she can’t be around the child. Then a lord’s visit is scheduled. Margaret’s secret is about to come out and she is about to face the same trouble again.
This is a touching story. I felt so bad for Margaret with how her mother treated her. But I knew there was more to the story. My heart broke when I learned what happened. I felt for the poor girl at the end. But now I want to read Exile.
I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review.
You can find Tristis Manor at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, for $ 1.99 and at Goodreads. Until July 20, 2013, all proceeds from books sales will be donated to RAINN (Rape, Abuse, & Incest National Network). For more information, check out JR Wagner’s website. You can also find JR Wagner on Twitter.
Be sure to check out this story and Exiled. The purchases are going to a good cause and your helping out a great author.