White Roses In A Dream
Traits, Patterns and Action Plans
About the Book
I was devastated at the thought of being unemployed now and allowing my relationship with an abuser to affect my family and me, and our lives. I began to realize that I, too, had traits, patterns and action plans, just like Rolf, and that there was always a pattern of abuse within families.
Irrational thoughts entered my mind, and I began contemplating ending Rolf’s life before he ended mine. In the same vein, if I didn’t murder Rolf, I felt the need for me to take my own life to stop living in fear because of Rolf. I was hoping that there was a way for me to control my fear, when one day, I saw white roses and knew that they symbolized new beginnings.
Several months later, I left to go on vacation to Germany and hoped that I would be able to leave my feelings of fear behind. Sometimes, one never knows what to expect on a trip. There were times when I felt like Cinderella, had quite an adventure, and wished that I had brought my weapon for protection.
When I returned home, something very unexpected happened to me. I had a relationship with a man that seemed to be surreal. One can only continue to pray for white roses in a dream, and hope for a new beginning with their life. It doesn’t always have to be a dream!
(Five Stars) ForeWord Clarion Review - Elizabeth Millard
With this sequel, Dawnay broadens the focus from getting past her own hurt, shame, and victimization to helping others.
Although Dawnay provides more narrative about her life after Rolf--writing the first book, traveling to Germany, tentatively starting a new relationship--she focuses on her inner journey from victim to victor.
Dawnay's ability to detail and draw meaning for others from her painful experiences is strengthened by her straightforward, conversational writing style. Like a long letter from a friend, White Roses In A Dream strikes a personal, thoughtful tone.
For those who suspect they may be dealing with abusive patterns in their own relationships, or seeing them among friends or family, Dawnay offers simple and powerful advice.
Read the full review: https://www.forewordreviews.com/reviews/white-roses-in-a-dream/
About the Author
Christine J. Gilbert grew up in a small town in Missouri. She was a corporate executive and then later became a successful entrepreneur. She has attended two universities and served in the US Army Reserves for six years.
Christine has published three books that are a series under her pseudonym, Author Marvela Dawnay. MANipulated Into Fear, There Is Always A Pattern, Book 1, that was published on December 19, 2012. White Roses In A Dream, Traits, Patterns, and Action Plans, Book 2, was published December 14, 2013, and DEEP SEEDED SECRETS, Corruption, Lies, and Murder, Book 3, was published on July 26, 2019. She is currently writing Book 4.
Books 1 & 2 have received a "ForeWord Clarion Five Star Review."
MANipulated Into Fear: https://www.forewordreviews.com/reviews/manipulated-into-fear/
White Roses In A Dream: https://www.forewordreviews.com/reviews/white-roses-in-a-dream/
Christine has a daughter and two grandchildren. By being a grandma, she became aware of the Super Grandparents who spend time with their grandchildren or take care of them full-time. On September 11, 2015, Christine published book one of the Super Grandma and Super Grandpa, The Unknown Superheroes series to educate children and adults about safety and awareness with a super magical power theme for fun. Book 2 to the series was published September 11, 2016, and Book 3 was published September 11, 2017. Publishing dates are 911 because in the story, Christine educates about the emergency phone number 911.
"Never write a book and let it sit on a shelf" quote, Author Christine J. Gilbert
Linkedin: Christine J Gilbert