Breaking the Silence

Breaking the Silence

Diamante Lavendar / May 28, 2020

Breaking the Silence Based on a true story a new novel from Diamante Lavendar Joan Eastman was born like any other girl However her life would prove to be a life of great pain Growing up she was treated differently by f

  • Title: Breaking the Silence
  • Author: Diamante Lavendar
  • ISBN: 9781502381255
  • Page: 220
  • Format: Paperback
  • Based on a true story, a new novel from Diamante Lavendar.Joan Eastman was born like any other girl However her life would prove to be a life of great pain Growing up, she was treated differently by family members, powerless to defend herself against their sexual and psychological abuse Feeling she had been dealt a wicked hand by the powers that be , she spiraled into sBased on a true story, a new novel from Diamante Lavendar.Joan Eastman was born like any other girl However her life would prove to be a life of great pain Growing up, she was treated differently by family members, powerless to defend herself against their sexual and psychological abuse Feeling she had been dealt a wicked hand by the powers that be , she spiraled into substance abuse and troubled relationships She became a victim of addiction and self hatred.Not giving up, she becomes aware of a greater spiritual being that protects her and she begins to heal Then she finds herself pregnant She learns to understand nothing is hopeless that with a changed view and self discovery, there is real hope in every situation, no matter how difficult.As she and her husband look forward to the birth of their child, she writes in her diary as a way of expelling all of the evil memories On bed rest for the duration of her pregnancy, she endures tests and tribulations that at first she couldn t begin to understand But no matter how high the hurdles in Joan s life are, she doesn t look back, and pulls the pieces of her life together for herself and her unborn child.This inspirational story speaks of Joan s gradual self acceptance and healing of her body, mind and spirit It speaks of the possibilities of the future and the fulfillment of the dream of love and family And it speaks of jumping the hurdles in life without looking back, no matter how high those hurdles may be.

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      • Diamante Lavendar

        I am the author of two books with a third coming out soon My first book, The Secrets Of Yashire is no longer in print My second book, Breaking The Silence, has won six awards in the category of Inspirational Fiction Following is a link to my book Breaking The Silence Breaking The Silence Breaking SilencI also have an award winning poetry book entitled Poetry and Ponderings which was recently published Here is the link Poetry PonderiSoon I will be publishing a book dedicated to my daughter who recently passed entitled We Love It is due out this coming spring.


    1. I’m not usually a fan of non-fiction or biographical fiction but this piece had me hooked right from the start. The story centers on a woman named Joan Eastman who is essentially no different from any other girl except for a dark secret she’s been harboring. Joan has been sexually and psychologically abused by family members. That’s not an easy topic to tackle and I wasn’t sure how everything would play out when I began to read the novel but I’m really glad I gave it a try. Lavendar do [...]

    2. Book Review originally published here: iheartreading/book-touIn Breaking the Silence, the reader follows the life of Joan, a woman who has been through so much it’s a miracle she’s still alive and kicking. She suffered through sexual and psychological abuse at the hands of family members. After that, she struggled with substance abuse and ended up from one bad relationship into another. Hating herself, afraid of facing the past, each day is a struggle for her.But then, Joan finds herself pre [...]

    3. BREAKING THE SILENCEDiamante LavendarCreateSpace (2014)ISBN 9781502381255Reviewed by Sheri Hoyte for Reader Views (10/15)“Breaking the Silence” by Diamante Lavendar is the story of Joan Eastman. On the outside, everything seems normal in Joan’s world, but she has secrets she keeps buried deep within herself. Secrets rooting from the pain and evil she is subjected to at such an early age, she doesn’t even know how to begin to articulate them. Joan tries to forget the trauma, obliterating [...]

    4. Joan Eastman is put on bed rest for the length of her uncertain pregnancy and buys a diary to occupy her time and Breaking the Silence is what she reveals in her diary: a saga of growing up repressing psychological and sexual cruelty and falling into substance abuse as one reflection of the self-hatred she feels.Plenty of fiction and nonfiction sagas stop here, chronicling that abuse and its lasting impact; but the strength of Breaking the Silence lies in its ability to proceed past the pain to [...]

    5. Breaking the Silence is a personal journey for both the author and reader. The narrator does a wonderful job guiding the reader through her life experiences as she relinquishes her dark memories and bares her soul for her audience. Joan Eastman is a struggling mother-to-be trying to focus on keeping her pregnancy healthy and try to cope with her past trauma that she faced when she was a child. The time she spends at home preparing for her unborn baby, she takes the time to write down in her diar [...]

    6. This is not a novel I would have picked up my own but I am glad I read it. It is one of those books that falls into the world of "A Child called It". It is emotionally jarring and heartbreaking to hear of the horrors this woman went through. However at the same time it was empowering to read through her own struggle to find herself and gain her strength. Fair warning it can be very dark where hearing about what she went through so prepare yourself but it is worth it if you stick it out. My fans [...]

    7. I wasn't impressed with this book. I expected something more. It was well written and readable, but a little generic and lacked pace. There was not much of a story line, there was no depth to the characters, and there was no moral point, twist or particularly good ending.

    8. BREAKING THE SILENCEDiamante LavendarCreateSpace (2014)ISBN 9781502381255Reviewed by Carol Hoyer for Reader Views (10/16)“Breaking the Silence” by Diamante Lavendar is a story about abuse – physical, emotional and sexual, that started when Joan Eastman was 2 years-old. This continued abuse had a negative impact on the rest of her life. How does a child of two explain what is happening to her when she can’t understand it herself?The author does an excellent job of describing dysfunctional [...]

    9. I was a little hesitant to read this book at first, because of its theme. Being a rape survivor myself, I try to avoid anything that might be too triggering. But I just told myself I could skim over the dark parts and skip straight to the light. However, as I was reading, I quickly noticed that this book was pleasantly lacking in descriptions of the abuses that occurred in this resilient and brave woman’s life. Although some later chapters get a little bit disturbing, it’s still much less di [...]

    10. This novel deals with the painful, traumatic experience of childhood sexual abuse, and is both disturbing and heart-warming to read. I was expecting the novel to be written in a heavy, distressing and dark tone, and while the story does certainly deal with dark subject matter, which constantly sets an undertone of melancholy to the novel, there is a definite thread of hope running throughout the story at the same time. The story is predominantly told through diary entries, as the author recalls [...]

    11. A unique, but at times difficult read.Breaking the Silence is a fictionalize look at real world events. Joan is seen as odd and difficult by the people who love her most, but the truth is that she harbors a big secret; abuse at the hands of family members from a young age. Unable to tell anyone about what is happening to her, she eventually spirals out of control and hits bottom. This is a story of discovery and redemption mainly told through diary entries At times this book is difficult to read [...]

    12. I was gifted this book in exchange for an honest review.This story is based on a true story and is heart-wrenching at times. The main character, Joan Eastman, is pregnant and needs to be on bed rest for the duration of her pregnancy. She buys a journal and starts using it to get through those long months of inactivity. I found it inspiring but also disturbing. I believe it it would be a good book for teens to read in that they might be going though similar experiences and have renewed hope and c [...]

    13. Breaking the Silence is a nonfiction book by Diamante Lavendar. It's based on a true story but was written in a fictional way. It follows young Joan, so called Joanie, experiencing abuse and heartache during her early years. She can't tell things verbally to her parents 'cause her abusers threatened to kill her. All she can do is to stay quiet and somehow wish for it to end. But as they say, pain and trouble comes first before happiness. Good always prevails as the as long as you keep your faith [...]

    14. I wish to thank netgalley for my free kindle copy. If this was an autobiography I would of rated it as higher. Joan had a tragic story to tell but we are not all born as writers and that is why sometimes stories need to be told by others. I expected more from someone wanting to become a published writer. I found the text simple and towards the end I lost a lot of interest. I understand that Joan got through her experience with God in her life but the last chapters were more preachy and not neede [...]

    15. The topic was interesting although it was pretty disturbing I found myself sympathizing with Joanie alot. It was pretty biased for my tastes and really repetitive. I felt like the whole religion idea was being forced upon me and I really wanted to put the book down but I forced myself to finish it. It didnt really hold my interest but I was curious to what the end would be like. The writing wasn't bad but I think ut could definitely be improved.

    16. Breaking the Silence by Diamante Lavendar is weaved around Joan Eastman and throughout the entire story we can understand a lot about her life and the difficulties that she has faced since she was only two years old. From the beginning I felt this as a very emotional journey to the end. When I was reading this narrative tears came out from my eyes. As a helpless woman Joan has suffered a lot. She was abused sexually. There was no any pleasant shadow of memory in her childhood. Once she has done [...]

    17. Joan East man or Joanie as she is commonly known longs for one thing to have a baby that she can call hers. Unfortunately, she needs her cervix to be sutured as doctor Marx notes in the office. After Losing Stephanie her first baby prematurely, her fears of losing another child are so real. Joan is put on a bed rest for about six months and in her diary, she walks us through her life as recounts what has transpired in her troubled life. She was molested as a young girl, and somehow the events ar [...]

    18. Reviewed by Charlie: As memoir type books go this one is good, if you enjoy reading diary entries. Some of the entries are heart-wrenching while others kinda made me mad. I don't know how truthful this whole thing is but even so I do know this sort of thing does happen. It's difficult to carry the burdens associated with family abuse. My best friend never said anything and she certainly didn't write it down where it could be found. It wasn't until she was diagnosed with cancer that she spoke up, [...]

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