Thistles & Thorns

Non-Fiction - Memoir
238 Pages
Reviewed on 12/05/2022
Buy on Amazon

This author participates in the Readers' Favorite Free Book Program, which is open to all readers and is completely free. The author will provide you with a free copy of their book in exchange for an honest review. You and the author will discuss what sites you will post your review to and what kind of copy of the book you would like to receive (eBook, PDF, Word, paperback, etc.). To begin, click the purple email icon to send this author a private email.

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 Vincent Dublado for Readers' Favorite

Thistles and Thorns by Jessica Lee Peterson is a powerful and gut-wrenching memoir of a mother’s tragic struggle to overcome trauma following the death of her children, Amara, Sophie, and Cecilia, who died at the hands of their abusive father. Her harrowing account of domestic violence begins as she introduces readers to her three wonderful angels, who felt secure in her love. The bliss of their innocent little lives was shattered when Jessica’s ex-husband called and asked to see the kids. She agreed, thinking that Blake may have been trying to be a better father. What happened next would shatter her world and shock an entire community, as she waged a battle that would take her to courtrooms and force her to deal with a deep psychological wound that could fester forever.

My heartfelt respect goes out to Jessica Lee Peterson. She wrote her painful memoir to show that she is not just a survivor, but to demonstrate that the process of healing takes time, especially true in her case where the level of violence was unspeakable. She assesses her ordeal to reveal how courage played a crucial role in her survival. It is utterly painful for any parent, especially a mother, to lose a child but even more so when one loses them at the hands of someone they once trusted. She may have moved on, but her journey toward healing continues. Reading her story will draw you into the depths of despair, but it is a step for you and her toward the light. Thistles and Thorns is a must-read for anyone interested in domestic violence, victimization, anti-violence crusades, and trauma discourses.

Callie Trautmiller

Jessica's wiring will pull you in and will bring out the intensity of all the emotions within you. Her writing is both eloquent and raw, but always honest. I highly recommend this book!


There in a better place now


No one would ever want to write this book. But no one could have written it better than Jessica. Brutally honest, funny at times, and guaranteed to make you cry some waterfalls, prepare for a tsunami of emotions as you pore over the details of her account, told in her words. I recommend this book to anyone who has ever had to struggle with loss, grief, and the search for a path toward healing.