Title- The House on Sunset
By- Lindsay Fischer
Genre- Memoir/Women’s Fiction
Lindsay Fischer was once a high school English teacher with dreams stretching far outside the classroom. When her boyfriend of a year-and-a-half cheated on her, Lindsay found herself alone, looking online for a replacement. His name was Mike.
That’s where the nightmare started.
The House on Sunset is a memoir, a collection of reminiscences, scattering the ashes of two broken homes and putting them to rest. Each chapter offers a different glimpse inside the cycle of intimate partner violence, where honeymoon phases and traumas coexist.
Everyone could fall victim to abusers. This book bravely displays the reasons a quirky, twenty-something teacher would, and did.
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My Review: The House on Sunset is a very moving book that dives into a very real subject. This story is not for the faint of heart. It is a memoir that hit a little close to home for me. Sarafina (Linsay Fischer), falls in love with the perfect guy Mike was so wonderful, caring and loving until he moved in and Sarafina's life would never be the same. I felt the love and it was beautiful but, then in an instant it changed and every hit Sarafina took I took it with her. Reality set in yet she stayed thinking if she loved him more or did everything he wanted he would change. With that reality my stomach sank knowing the reality of what she was doing and knowing that she couldn't change him I cried for her and with her. my heart begging for her to see what I already knew. I knew though that she had to get to the point where she could leave. The day Sarafina finally left for good was not because of a sudden epiphany it was because she had taken a beating like no other. My heart broke and old fears seeped in. I wanted to reach through the pages and show her that life didn't have to be this way but, until you are ready to accept the help you don't trust it. It felt like falling through a rabbit hole with out a light and the darkness was all you would ever see and every noise left you in complete terror. This may sound as though I am totally against this book but, it's just the opposite I was so moved by The House on Sunset. Yes it brought back memories and the fears I had worked through it also reminded me that through all the terror and darkness there would be light and I could only hope that Sarafina could find the light and be able to embrace some happiness. The House on Sunset is one book I won't soon forget and I highly recommend reading it even if you have never been in Sarafina's situation as it may give you a better understanding as to why she stayed why she didn't leave sooner and why she made the excuses and took what was given to her. You have to walk a mile in someone else's shoes to fully understand. Bringing attention to domestic violence will help more women and men. Yes, it happens to men too. They are not always the abuser. The more we learn about it the more help we can offer. If you yourself have been or are being abused please reach out there is someone who cares and will help. I can not express the exact feelings that this book took from me but, I can honestly say I am not sorry I read it.
About the Author-
Lindsay Fischer graduated from Missouri State University with a Bachelor of Science in secondary education, English. An avid reader and learner, Lindsay took her passion for words into a classroom before starting a writing career. Life pulled her from the classroom, providing an opportunity to use her voice against domestic violence, blogging under the pseudonym, Sarafina Bianco, since 2009. You can find her words at survivorswillbeheard.com and speak directly to her when she hosts #domesticviolencechat on Twitter. Lindsay hopes to be an advocate for women, men and children who still live inside the nightmare of their abuse. She currently lives with her husband and three dogs, including Watson, in St. Louis, Missouri.
Author Site: survivorswillbeheard.com