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Reviewed by Heather Osborne for Readers' Favorite
You’re Not Alone by Stacy Eaton is a contemporary romance novel focusing on the recovery of a woman who experienced brutal domestic violence. Trinity Morris is the co-founder of You’re Not Alone, a shelter and support system for women who have suffered domestic violence. Her ex-husband, a former police officer, nearly killed her and is serving time in prison. Sergeant Gavin Brooksfield never forgot the day he burst into his superior officer’s house and saw him strangling his wife. Since then, he had always wondered about the woman he saved, who suffered the abuses of that man. By chance, they meet at a conference where Trinity is speaking and slowly embark on a relationship. However, the past memories of abuse threaten to take over as Trinity doubts Gavin’s motives in the relationship. Will they be able to overcome Trinity’s violent past and find a love of their own?
Upon reading You’re Not Alone by Stacy Eaton, I appreciated the particular empathy and factual detail the author gave to victimization and domestic violence. Having studied Criminology with an emphasis on Victimology, I appreciated this aspect of the story. I liked Trinity’s lectures, as these added a meaningful depth to understanding her character. Gavin was a bit too perfect for me, even though he suffered in childhood. I felt like there should have been more flaws to his character to add to the dynamics of the relationship. Overall, though, that has to be my only criticism. I did enjoy You’re Not Alone, and I look forward to exploring other titles by Stacy Eaton.