Journey to the Magical Places of the Heart
by Hope Fields
In Journey to the Magical Places of the Heart Ms Fields takes the reader on two journeys. The first will lead you through Shenique's abusive marriage to Ainsley. Shenique has been taught by her church to be submissive to her husband in every way and although going to them for help many times is told to return to her husband and be submissive as this is the right thing to do. I was impressed with Ms Fields honesty in writing about the failure of the church to offer any assistance in Shenique's quest for help from her emotionally and physically abusive husband. Although Shenique is a devoted Christian, she begins to loose her faith especially when her husband's physically abusive behavior extends to the children. To protect her children she realizes that she must leave her husband for good. She begins to understand that there is help out there and that not all Churches are unwilling to help. The years of abuse, fighting legal battles and her husband's stalking and harrassment leave Shenique both emotionally and physically drained. She must now begin her journey of healing. Field's portrayal of the healing process in fantasy was very clever and added just that right touch of magic to help the reader understand just what a person must go through in leaving the victim behind and becoming a survivor.
I was deeply moved by Journey to the Magical Places of the Heart and recommend this book to all but especially to those who have been in an abusive situation or who just wants to understand and help. I experienced many emotions while reading this book and kept turning the pages until the very end when I closed the book with a deep sigh of satisfaction. Hope Fields writes from her heart and you will never regret taking this journey with her.
Elizabeth Melton Parsons - Author of "Out of Darkness"
Hope takes us through 11 years in the life of Shenique. There were red flags in the beginning, the subtle actions of an abuser you easily overlook. You feel Shenique's yearning for the man she fell in love with. Her physical pain at his hand, and her mental anguish as he hurts her children. You then travel with Shenique and her children as they 'Journey to the Magical Places of the Heart'