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Dark Chains by LaTasha "Tacha B." Braxton

Updated: Feb 14, 2020

Summary: Growing up in a world of abuse and neglect, LaTasha "Tacha B." Braxton struggles to find her way out of the depths of trauma. With her tenacious spirit, she keeps fighting until she discovers real love.

{Free book alert! I received this complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review. What follows is entirely my own opinion.}

Review: Devastating. That's what trauma from abuse and neglect is: devastating. Braxton's narrative of her life filled with emotional and physical neglect and abuse is heart-wrenching. You want to reach into the pages and pull out that sad, lonely girl and just hug her.

Her descriptions of the generational abuse, addictions, and mental health issues that exist within those around her are a personification of the Adverse Childhood Experiences study (learn more about ACEs at https://acestoohigh.com/aces-101/). Unfortunately, stories like this are far too common. Braxton has, perhaps unknowingly, given a voice to the suffering of millions of children who are abused and neglected every year.

However, there is hope to overcome the overwhelming statistics. This account shows how there is a chance to rise above and learn from the mistakes of others. It is possible to break the cycle and discover true, unconditional love; love from others, as well as self-love.

Braxton found her strength in God. While I am not a religious individual myself, I was glad that she was able to discover her path in life through this source. Although, I felt like she should have taken more credit for her accomplishments and not put the commendation to God. It takes a lot of strength, courage, and resilience to press forward and succeed as she did. Braxton is a strong, courageous woman.

Overall, this book pained me a lot as it reminded me of my own and others' stories, but it is a topic that is so often swept under the rug. Thank you LaTasha "Tacha B." Braxton for using your voice.


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