Don't Let the Secret Out

Non-Fiction - Autobiography
120 Pages
Reviewed on 01/01/2011
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Author Biography

By jessamine rose

Based in the hills of Eastern KY is the true story of Jessamine Rose.
Abandoned as a small child, Jessamine was raped, witnessed murder.. And suffered starvation and homelessness.
Struggling to survive and degradation and abuse, she wanders in and out of foster homes eats out of garbage cans and lives in city parks. --All before the age of 14.

Jessamine's is an incredible journey of a young girls rise about it all --all the way to the very top.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Anne Boiling for Readers' Favorite

Jessamine Rose offers readers a glimpse into her life. She was born in 1937, in a small town in eastern Kentucky. For many her upbringing will seem foreign but for some it will sound all too familiar. The family's cabin was cold, the cracks in the floor made it impossible to heat. The bathroom was an outhouse. Her father often beat her mother. Her father shot her mother to scare her. At one point the family lived under a cliff. In the hills of eastern Kentucky "you could shoot a dog and spend a year in jail, shoot a man and nothing." She faced sexual abuse, beatings, neglect and yet rose above it all. She was a mere 6 years old the first time she was raped. Her mother gave away her young brother and sister. Jassamine made her escape in the back of an ice truck, she was less than 14. She ended up living in a park in Ohio.

The court placed her in a foster home where she started a new life. After her foster parents moved, Jessamine attended Catholic school. She loved the ladies in long black dresses with their heads covered. The nuns were kind to her and she spent many hours talking to them.

After high school she married Boyd. She suffered several miscarriages. She and Boyd decided it was time for her to return to Kentucky and find her family. First she found her father; he furnished phone numbers so that she could track down her mother and siblings. Eventually the family was reunited. Today Jessamine lives in Nicholasville, Kentucky.

Jessamine faced many hardships in her life. Yet her memoir is upbeat. Despite her childhood she came out on top. I wish I had read this book a few weeks ago when I was in Nicholasville, I just might have given Jessamine a call to tell her what a remarkable woman I think she is.

This book needs a wee bit of editing, mostly on the spacing. The title and the cover work well together. This tiny book is a quick read but will stay with the reader long after the last page. There are many family photos that bring the story to life. I wish Miss Jessamine the best and thank you for sharing your story.

G Haynes

this is a book i felt in my own mind had to be written. Jessamine had a story in side that had to be told, in hopes of helping others who have gone through similar situations.