Breaking The Cycle
Bound By The Scars We Share by Vivien Churney is a novel charting the parallel lives of two young women – both unknown to the other.
On the surface the women have nothing in common – an English girl and a Polish Jew living in Nazi-occupied Europe. Both suffered in different ways in their teens during World War II – one from persecution, the other from neglect and abuse. Each fought their own war. Each had different enemies. Their internal struggles were mirrored by each other.
A father’s past has coloured the way he sees and treats women – they can never do right in his eyes, no matter how hard they try. A daughter goes through life trying to please her father.
The other young woman was loved but every time happiness was in sight, it eluded her.
It is the next generation of daughters who bond and save their mothers. It is love that breaks the cycle of tragedy and hurt.
Each chapter alternates between the two women as their parallel stories unfold starting in the 1920’s and moving forwards.
Bound By The Scars We Share was a good way to spend an afternoon.
I received a free copy via Net Galley. A favourable review was not required. All opinions are my own.