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Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite
Beyond Silent Cadence: As the Baffling Beat Goes On is a contemporary fiction novel written by Leisley M. Lantram. Christa's collegiate dreams of being an elementary school teacher were put on hold by life. She met her future husband in a class they both attended, and somewhat reluctantly accepted his marriage proposal some days after he asked for her hand. While she did get her teaching certification, being the support for her husband in his career and caring for her young children became her primary occupations. Damon, her husband, was not an easy man to be with. When drunk, he became physically and verbally abusive, and any attempts to curb his late nights out or even drive the car when he was inebriated would earn her a beating. She started to wonder if he would kill her one of those times. Then she saw a notice in the newspaper about a need for teachers, and she decided it was time to act.
Leisley M. Lantram's suspenseful contemporary novel, Beyond Silent Cadence: As the Baffling Beat Goes On, takes a look at the legacy of abusers and the victims who end up enabling them. Lantram's Christa learned early on to avoid her harsh and controlling father, and it's painful to see how she ends up trading one fear-filled existence for another. I was saddened by her need to be perfectly coiffed and present a glowing facade to the world while her life was so confusing and lonely, and I was thrilled by her determination to follow her passion and get back to school. Beyond Silent Cadence: As the Baffling Beat Goes On is a well-written and compelling story that will resonate in the minds of those who've been in Christa's shoes, and anyone else who's watched the damaging cycle and mourned its victims. It's highly recommended.