Broken Open

A Mother's Journey to Survive Her Children's Addiction and Mental Illness

Non-Fiction - Grief/Hardship
210 Pages
Reviewed on 12/28/2020
Buy on Amazon

This author participates in the Readers' Favorite Book Review Exchange Program, which is open to all authors and is completely free. Simply put, you agree to provide an honest review an author's book in exchange for the author doing the same for you. What sites your reviews are posted on (B&N, Amazon, etc.) and whether you send digital (eBook, PDF, Word, etc.) or hard copies of your books to each other for review is up to you. To begin, click the purple email icon to send this author a private email, and be sure to describe your book or include a link to your Readers' Favorite review page or Amazon page.

This author participates in the Readers' Favorite Book Donation Program, which was created to help nonprofit and charitable organizations (schools, libraries, convalescent homes, soldier donation programs, etc.) by providing them with free books and to help authors garner more exposure for their work. This author is willing to donate free copies of their book in exchange for reviews (if circumstances allow) and the knowledge that their book is being read and enjoyed. To begin, click the purple email icon to send this author a private email. Be sure to tell the author who you are, what organization you are with, how many books you need, how they will be used, and the number of reviews, if any, you would be able to provide.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite

Broken Open: A Mother's Journey to Survive Her Children's Addiction and Mental Illness by Maureen Towns is the heartrending story of the author who shares her journey and lessons she learned taking care of three of her four children that had mental health issues or addictions. This book is for all those who are desperately walking on eggshells through chaos when what they need is calm, those who feel they are losing themselves while supporting those they love, those who want to get back to their earlier phase of being energetic and happy, and those who think they are helping and not hurting. The book will help all those readers by offering them hope that things can be different and help them restore calm in their lives despite challenges and adversities.

Maureen Towns is honest when it comes to sharing her story and Broken Open is a good guide to all those parents who are facing challenges when it comes to dealing with mental health issues of their children; to empower their children without getting lost themselves in the process. Her kids, Sam, Ben, Sydney, and Ally, have contributed to the book by sharing their stories with readers. The lesson the author has learned along the way is her transition from being a fearful, frantic, and controlling mother to someone who is empowering, calm, and trusting. It is a story of hope, courage, and strength, and will go a long way to helping parents deal with kids who have mental illnesses and addictions.