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Reviewed by Rosie Malezer for Readers' Favorite
Heirline Fractures is a poetic journal written by Brenda-Lee Ranta. After being sexually assaulted and abused throughout her childhood, Brenda-Lee expresses her darkest memories and how each act committed against her had fractured the innocence which once lay within. Each page is filled with a hurt that can never be erased as slowly as the pain has crept into her soul. While reading Heirline Fractures, I fought my way through many tears. Having chosen Brenda-Lee Ranta’s book due to the many harrowing life experiences we had in common, her words were like a sharpened razor, trying desperately to escape from the child who’d wished so badly that these horrific acts had never taken place. Each abusive act fractured an untainted soul, much like the cracks and chips which appear on a fine china cup over time – each chip making the cup less perfect, less ‘whole,’ yet holding as firmly as possible until the next crack appears. Every poetic verse keeps a tally of the cracks as they splinter the victim – the survivor – who’d fought her way through to see another day.
Brenda-Lee Ranta’s incredible words not only show a struggle, but also the inner strength of the person she became over time. The painful journey which has been traveled and survived in order to be a new, stronger person is eye-opening, heart-breaking, and shows the reader exactly how determined Brenda-Lee was and still is to survive, taking each day as it comes. I very much recommend Heirline Fractures be read by readers over 15 years of age as doing so shows that regardless of the damage a person can do to you, the strength within will always find a way to smash its way through the pain each and every day until a new tomorrow comes. I will be purchasing this incredible tome to place on the top shelf of my home collection, where only the very best reads belong.