Cara’s Law by Samuel Ridley is a gripping, heart-wrenching, terrifying and realistic fiction novel.
There was a time when Cara Grace, a single mother, and domestic abuse survivor wanted to end her life. She could not see a way out after leaving her abusive boyfriend Matthew Lyle. Her children were being withheld from her and she did not have the means to support them, Matthew came from a wealthy family and was financially sound.
With nowhere to go, she moved in with her sister, Bianca, and began the long process of fighting the system to get her children back. What she encountered was a convoluted system obsessed with a profit motive, she had gone weeks without seeing her children and that needed to change.
Cara lodged applications for legal aid, grants and put an IVO order against Matthew, she was scared her allegations would be dismissed and evidence ignored. When Cara met with lawyer Dana Bennett her life changed, she had found someone who was willing to do battle with her.
Weeks turned to months with many legal proceedings and court hearings, day by day Cara was changing her life. She went to a therapy group, found employment and enrolled to study counselling. Meeting someone was the last thing on Cara’s mind until she met and fell in love with her fiancé Richard.
I really liked Richard’s character, whilst other men would see it as too much baggage, he was kind, caring, and her greatest support.
I marveled at how brave Cara was to have had the strength and the courage to leave an abusive relationship, especially not being able to take her children with her. The story is an important one, showing the true struggle that battered women fight every single day. Although victims never think they will make it, the ones that do become survivors, determined to help other victims live through their ordeal and restore peace and hope where there had been none for so long.
The author did a wonderful job at narrating Cara’s situation, her abusive ex, the proceeding downward spiral into the abyss as she battled him and the courts, fighting so hard for her children, and then her emergence out of the darkness and finally into the light.
A child custody battle may very well be one of the most stressful experiences a parent can endure, especially when you don’t know what to expect. Even if you’re not the one making it a battle, you must go into court with a solid plan of action to prove your case and Cara did this.
From personal experience and insight, Samuel Ridley sheds light on the terrible injustices and male biases that women of small children who have been mistreated face, especially when separating from abusers.
Cara’s Law shows that perseverance and strength is the greatest power that you own and to never give up. I highly recommend.
Thank you, Beauty and Lace and Shawline Publishing for the opportunity to read and review.
Author: Samuel Ridley
Copy courtesy of publisher: Shawline Publishing Group
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My love of books started at a very young age. My mum has always been a reader and encouraged me to read, buying me endless book from classic fairy tales advancing to the world of Enid Blyton, CS Lewis, Louisa May Alcott, Kathryn Kenny, Carolyn Keene, Francine Pascal. In my adult years the list of authors is endless and every room in my house is filled with books.
One of my favourite novels is Narnia which has always has a special place in my heart. I was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes in 1978 and when I was given this book to read it let me escape to another world where I felt like I was in the book with all the characters, it wasfun and exciting to escape from reality and eased the ups and downs of the disease at such a young age.
In books nothing is impossible and there is endless potential and hundreds of places to explore or being taken to places that are only made up from the authors’ great minds, the past and future to navigate, characters lives you step into taking you on an emotional rollercoaster ride or being scared out of your wits. I can experience things that I can’t in real life because they’re not possible or real. It challenges my perspective and mindset expanding my worldview.
I find joy, comfort and peace with books, many people may not get it, but I know bookworms like me truly understand. Reading makes my heart happy.