I received a copy of CRUEL HARVEST: A MEMOIR by Fran Elizabeth Grubb with Bryan Reardon, from Thomas Nelson via BookSneeze. This is one of the most gripping memoirs I have ever read. Once again, this was a book that captured me from page one and left me breathless by the time I finished reading in one sitting. It reads like a novel, very smooth, with realistic dialogue. Many times, I had to remind myself that these horrific events had really happened to an innocent young girl. I imagined the students I have taught in the past and I cringed to picture them, or anyone, in such situations.
The memoir involves Fran Grubb’s childhood, a twisted nightmare she had to endure without help. So many parts left my mouth gaping; other sections made me shudder. Her family members fled her father, but for a long while, Fran was stuck with him. She watched him kill her sister and sexually assault them. I wept with Fran during many of the heart-wrenching events depicted in the chapters, and at the end, I cheered for her hopes. To have become such a wonderful Christian woman proves what a strong person she really is. I highly recommend this book to anyone seeking a though-provoking read.