Thursday, March 6, 2014

Review and Giveaway: How to Knock a Bravebird from Her Perch by D. Bryant Simmons

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In this first book in The Morrow Girls series, D. Bryant Simmons sparks a dialogue about domestic violence.

In How to Knock a Bravebird from Her Perch we're introduced to Belinda who's being raised by her single-parent father in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. Most folks call her Pecan, on account her Daddy loved pecan pie almost as much as he loved her. Life is good.

All is well in with their world. That is, until a handsome stranger moseys into town and takes a shine to Pecan. Dad, of course, doesn't trust Ricky Morrow as far as he could throw him. And then...(bum, bum, buuuum). Dad dies suddenly of a heart attack.

Still reeling in grief Ricky convinces Pecan that they should be married and he'll take care of her. The new family of two picks up and moves to Chicago so Ricky can be the boxing champion he dreams of being. Once in Chicago, the babies start coming and the abuse begins.

So begins Pecan's journey into the depths of her hell.

Ms. Simmons has done a brilliant job of crafting a story that will stick with you for a long time. She takes her time in describing the characters so that they are so vivid in your mind, when you look up, you expect to see them standing there. The emotion...turmoil, pain, and rage can be felt deep, deep into your soul. Pecan fiercely attempts to protect her children emotionally and psychologically from the atrocities that they witness at the hands of their father. You can feel all of that.

And now for the giveaway. The publisher has graciously provided, for one lucky winner, your choice of a physical copy or ebook. I'll keep it simple to enter, just leave a comment with your email address, and a random winner will be chosen and notified Saturday, March 8th after 2:00 pm CST. Easy peasy. Open to US residents.

Although a work of fiction, this is autobiographical for too many. The shame of the victims. The constant living in fear. Survival mode.

Some staggering statistics and factoids from The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Safe Horizon
  • Domestic Violence is the willful intimidation, physical assault, battery, sexual assault, and/or other abusive behavior perpetrated by an intimate partner against another. 
Source: NCADV
  • An estimated 1.3 million women are victims of physical assault by an intimate partner each year
  • Children who witness violence between one's parents or caretakers is the strongest risk factor of transmitting violent behavior from one generation to the next. Boys are twice as likely to abuse their own partners and children when they become adults, perpetuating the cycle of abuse to the next generation. Girls are more vulnerable to abuse as teens and adults.
  • Most domestic violence are never reported - help change the facts. Speak up, speak out, and make a difference for victims of domestic violence.
  • If you need help:
    • The National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-7233
    • The National Sexual Assault Hotline: 1-800-656-4673
    • The National Teen Dating Abuse Hotline: 1-866-331-9474


  1. I think I missed this giveaway- but boy does this sound like a powerful book. I am glad that it gets the word out about domestic violence. I haven't heard of this one before- but I have it on my list now!
    haightjess at gmail dot com

    1. It is a good read, Jess. Haunting, as the subject matter dictates. But good.
      Thanks so much for coming by, Jess.

  2. Great review. I read this book also & have to agree on your take on how the characters are brought to life & you feel all the emotion of their lives as you read. Your whole last paragraph of the review gave me chills actually cause I just thought "Now, there... that's what I was feeling!" It's definitely a book that you don't simply let go of once you finish reading it:-)

    1. Thank you so much for your kind words, Melanie.


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