I don’t read memoirs much, but this one caught my attention since I once dealt with alcoholism. This book didn’t disappoint. You experience Kimberly’s raw emotions and the itch for just one sip as your journey alongside her road to recovery.
She shares the ups, downs, fears, failures, and accomplishments as she joins an AA group. The withdrawals she suffered and how drinking affected her relationship with her husband and children pull at your strings as you read about her struggles to overcome drinking, guilt, and home tension due to her addiction.
I love her talented way with words, and it was truly hard for me to put down. With her heart and vulnerability in every word, I highly recommend this inspiring book to anyone suffering in silence, afraid to admit what happens behind closed doors. You are not alone. I rate it 4.5 stars. I was given a copy of this book but was not required to provide a good review.
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Before she stopped drinking for good, Kim was lying to herself and everyone she knew about her daily habit—sneaking morning sips of vodka behind her husband’s back, emptying bottles of wine and hiding the evidence from her family, and convincing herself that nothing was wrong and everything was under control. Until she realized that it wasn’t, and that her dishonesty could cost her everything she loved. What would happen to her marriage if things continued in this way? And how could she be a mother to her young children if she remained trapped in this cycle of abuse? Deciding she had to make a change, Kim threw herself into a new life of sobriety seven months into the Covid-19 pandemic. But only after severing the chains of bondage did she realize how much work there was still to do. Opening the doors to buried memories and past traumas was only the beginning. Throughout her journey to sobriety, Kim would come to terms with the secrets and lies told by her parents and loved ones, allowing her a clarity and freedom she never before thought possible.
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Meet the Author:
Kimberly Kearns is a wife to an incredible husband and a mother to three beautiful children. She currently lives in Need-ham, Massachusetts. She continues to tell her story of sobriety and inspire others every day on her blog at kimberlykearns.com, and through her Instagram account @asoberandstrongmom. Kimberly co-hosts the podcast The Weekend Sober and is a writer for the Webby Award-winning narrative podcast F*cking Sober: The First 90 Days. Writing has always been an escape for Kimberly, even as a little girl. Being able to express herself in words and getting lost in her imagination has served as a source of comfort to her as far back as she can remember.