Official Review: Breaking the Chain by Patricia Rossi

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Official Review: Breaking the Chain by Patricia Rossi

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[Following is an official OnlineBookClub.org review of "Breaking the Chain" by Patricia Rossi.]
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4 out of 4 stars
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Bernie was raised in a Catholic-based home. She attended a Catholic school and had piano lessons as a young girl. Her parents loved her with blind love and made all decisions in her life for her to become successful. She went along without complaining. She never spoke up, never gave the impression that she wasn't happy because that wasn't acceptable. It was her father's idea for her to become a teacher. She succeeded. She was a good girl, obedient. But what did she want? What was her desire? At the age of 40, Bernie finds herself in a mental hospital following a recent move to a Victorian house. There, she has to come face-to-face with the past. For her to move forward, she needs to live through her life again and bring to the surface all her fears, anger, confusion, doubt and joy.

While we learn about Bernie's life, simultaneously, we discover the story of her mother's life. Her mother also grew up in a Catholic-based home, but her life was full of abuse. With a drunken father and a mother who only gossiped with all the neighbors, Meg had to start working at a very young age to support her ever-growing family. Meg was the oldest sibling in the family and had to take a lot of responsibility upon her shoulders. She soon learned that she couldn't trust her mother with money and after her sister's death, a result of her mother's carelessness, she leaves her mother to find a better life for herself.

Breaking the Chain by Patricia Rossi makes you overlook your own life while reading this book. As a mother of little children, I found this book to be especially useful to me. The entire story spoke to me personally. I felt as if I was in Bernie's place. Of course, I can’t relate to the mental hospital, but Bernie's entire life reminded me of my own and so, going forth, her healing also became my own. I learned a lot about how children are affected by the way their parents raised them. But it doesn't stop there, their lives are affected even by choices made by their grandparents. Even at the young age of 3, children understand much more then we think they understand. This made me rethink how I raise my children, how I speak to them and how I make them feel. I think that is the author's intention.

This is one of those books that will stay with you for a long time. An emotional story that takes you on a journey and changes your life in the process. There was much to love about this book. My favorite part was when Bernie talked about the article she read that changed her relationship with her children. The only thing that I didn't like was the abrupt ending. It felt like maybe the last page was torn away but that wasn't a big issue. This book has minimal profane language, is well-written and is professionally edited.

Although this book has some subjects that are not clearly explained, such as, what happened to Bernie that she ended up in the hospital or how exactly the Victorian house is the reason for her depression, the overall story proved that those events are not so important. I admired this book and highly recommend it to people who like psychology and to those who are experiencing difficulties in raising their children. Also if you feel that you have had a somewhat abusive past and as a result, you have not matured emotionally, then this book will also help you. I am happy to rate this book 4 out of 4. It deserves nothing less.

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A book with a beautiful storyline as this should not end so abruptly like that. Now I feel I will be so taken unaware if I venture into reading it. This is a good review!

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Cynthia_Oluchi wrote: ↑
02 Apr 2020, 15:37
A book with a beautiful storyline as this should not end so abruptly like that. Now I feel I will be so taken unaware if I venture into reading it. This is a good review!
Overall the story was complete. I just felt that it needed only one more page to bring us back to reality slowly. Thanks for your comment!

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This seems like such an amazing book. I admire books that take you to such an emotional, healing, and insightful jorney. Thank you very much for the wonderful review!

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I like the title and cover. Your review makes me want to read it, even with that abrupt ending.

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SomeoneInTheWorld wrote: ↑
05 Apr 2020, 07:26
This seems like such an amazing book. I admire books that take you to such an emotional, healing, and insightful jorney. Thank you very much for the wonderful review!
I didn't expect to like this book this much when choosing to read it. I hope you also enjoy it. Thanks for your kind words!

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JakeB1 wrote: ↑
05 Apr 2020, 17:29
I like the title and cover. Your review makes me want to read it, even with that abrupt ending.
The abrupt ending was nothing compared to how great the entire book was. Thank you for your comment!

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Sounds like an interesting and engaging story that feature family drama. I find it appealing that both Bernie's present and her mom's current and backstories are portrayed in the narrative, which I think will help readers understand the characters better. I might give the book a try. Thank you for presenting an appealing review.
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Lol! Last page torn?!

I have enjoyed reading your review. Parenting in this generation is quite dicey. Coming from a generation where a child's thoughts or preferences didn't matter in the overall scheme of things, and having to take into consideration our own children's dispositions...
The book is apt.

Thanks for the great review!
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This sounds like a great story! I can relate to the responsibility felt by the mother (I am the oldest child too). I love how you shared your emotional connection to the book and how it helped your perspective as a mom. Thanks for your powerful review!

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Nerea wrote: ↑
08 Apr 2020, 00:32
Sounds like an interesting and engaging story that feature family drama. I find it appealing that both Bernie's present and her mom's current and backstories are portrayed in the narrative, which I think will help readers understand the characters better. I might give the book a try. Thank you for presenting an appealing review.
I hope you enjoy this book. Thanks for your comment!

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Cotwani wrote: ↑
08 Apr 2020, 02:12
Lol! Last page torn?!

I have enjoyed reading your review. Parenting in this generation is quite dicey. Coming from a generation where a child's thoughts or preferences didn't matter in the overall scheme of things, and having to take into consideration our own children's dispositions...
The book is apt.

Thanks for the great review!
Thank you for your kind words!

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Everydayadventure15 wrote: ↑
08 Apr 2020, 06:34
This sounds like a great story! I can relate to the responsibility felt by the mother (I am the oldest child too). I love how you shared your emotional connection to the book and how it helped your perspective as a mom. Thanks for your powerful review!
Thank you for your comment!

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There is always that one book that speaks to your soul. And when that happens, the connection is nothing short of magic. That being said, Bernie's life is a lesson to us all to do better as parents. Thanks for your evocative review.

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Michelle Fred wrote: ↑
16 Apr 2020, 06:15
There is always that one book that speaks to your soul. And when that happens, the connection is nothing short of magic. That being said, Bernie's life is a lesson to us all to do better as parents. Thanks for your evocative review.
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