Ellie-- An Inspiring New Book Relates Overcoming a Devastating Childhood

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This is a story of overcoming great odds, of hope and survival and the benefit of good decision making. Experience life through the eyes of a child struggling to survive under oppressive circumstances. In the final chapter, follow a very candid discussion of how this childhood affected the author and her words of inspiration to others. The author has been a foster parent for sixteen years.

Deborah Rose has been a foster parent in Northern California for the past sixteen years. Now she is sharing her inspiration for the work she does. Ellie is her autobiography. It's a tale of strength, hope, and survival.

Writing in the third person, she tells the story of Ellie, who begins her life with a loving and stable family. When Ellie is seven years old, she witnesses her mother's sudden death. A year later, her heartbroken father dies. This begins a journey of frequent moves and changes of caregiver. Once Ellie enters her teens, she is tormented and abused by the uncle who adopts her.

More than a book about abuse, Ellie is a book about emotional isolation and the struggle to survive under arduous conditions. After running away, the author makes the decision in her late teens to forge a better life for herself. She breaks free of drug use and a vagabond lifestyle, pursues higher education, and goes on to have a happy and stable adult life.

This book is intended to enlighten those who work with abuse victims of any age, as well as to inspire people from similar backgrounds to strive for something better, both for themselves and their children. For the average reader, Ellie is a harrowing tale of survival which will inspire and educate. The strength of the human spirit to survive and the benefit of choices we make are messages that will stay with the reader.

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