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Reviewed by Peggy Jo Wipf for Readers' Favorite
As the fourth book in the Sista’s series, Breaking Down My Walls reveals the secrets behind Taya’s defensive behavior. Anne Marie Citro brings us Levi, the only one that could reach the broken girl who was rescued from her abusive father. As the youngest teenage boy in his family, he knew what it was like to be pushed around. Taya was rescued from her violent paternal family when she was just ten. As a half breed, she was considered an infidel in this Muslim family and treated poorly. The cruelty she experienced left her psychologically scarred for years, which kept her from tolerating any physical touch. Levi was determined to help her so she could experience love the way everyone else did, even if that meant touching tender scars.
Reading Breaking Down My Walls by Anne Marie Citro is like looking into a person’s soul. You feel the heartbeat of Taya’s love for Levi. Your pulse accelerates when her mother is found and confronted by her estranged husband. You will weep when you experience the forgiveness, acceptance, and healing along with Taya. You will cringe as Levi must work at tearing down Taya’s walls, no matter how painful it is to both of them. This well written novel will surprise you with the depth and attention with which Anne Marie Citro painted the characters. This book would not be suitable for those under eighteen as it is quite graphic in areas. I laughed, cried, and was anxious through Taya’s trials, loving Breaking Down My Walls from start to finish.