grace to survive


I live with my husband and cat on lush lands near a creek. I have two beautiful grown sons and two adorable grandchildren.

I have published a book about the sexual abuse I experienced in childhood at the hands of brothers; how I survived, and how I found peace at last. I use a pseudonym only because it’s not about revenge but about healing, telling my truth, and finally lifting the unfair burden of shame. If you’d rather read it all at once, it’s available on Amazon, SHATTERED by Patricia J Grace.
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...Dad died and chaos ruled....
The only girl in a family of seven brothers, Patricia Grace found her childhood violently stripped away in the wake of her father's death. Her brothers became tormentors, using their little sister as an outlet for rage and lust. Her mother, reeling with grief and fighting to raise eight children on her own, turned a blind eye to the abuse. Patricia learned to play the loving sister, desperate to maintain the illusion of happy family even as the shame became unbearable.

Now, after decades of silence, she is telling her truth. 'Shattered' is the astonishing story of a girl coming of age in a house of secrets, and her battle as an adult to make peace with the past. Patricia relays her struggles with weight, depression, and self-esteem with searing honesty and rich emotional depth. Her unsparing prose paints an intimate portrait of courage and hope in the bleakest of circumstances. More than a memoir, 'Shattered' is a testament to the healing power of truth-telling and the resilience of the human spirit.

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