Burnt Edges (Dana Leipold)


Abuse or an uncertain future. This is Laurel Lee Page’s choice when she is faced with an unplanned pregnancy at 19. Born into a broken family, all she has ever known is guilt and shame. No matter what she does or who she meets, Laurel appears to be living a condemned life but she is determined to find independence and freedom in spite of her family’s legacy of hatred and self-contempt. Can Laurel see that she is in a powerful position, poised to break the cycle of abuse? Set in Southern California during the tumultuous 1960s era, Burnt Edges is based on true events and proves that strength can be found even in the most horrific situations

Not bad. Truly not bad at all. I’m only upset because I got to the ending and I felt like there is not even a second book even though it says there is. So needless to say, there is a lot of unfinished business left at the end of this book.


“But God doesn’t give us more than we can handle. He’ll put us through the fire a few times, so we get a little burnt around the edges, but all in all, we come out fine.”

Burnt Edges has a bit of taboo in it which I don’t mind one bit. I like cringing. I fricking love it when authors touch on sensitive subjects such as rape, abuse, incest, etc. Say what you will but it speaks volumes about an author when they can execute topics and stories that pertain to that sort of stuff and Leipold did an excellent job.

I didn’t necessarily connect with any of the characters but I definitely connected with the story line and concept of the book. It was decent.

With saying that, this author tackled a tough subject and came out with a decently written book but with it only being 190 pages it was just too short for the amount of information and plots this author was wanting to portray. And where is the second book? It’s so frustrating to me. Where is the follow up?



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