Book Review: Cruel Harvest by Fran Elizabeth Grubb

Published by Thomas Nelson

Book Description

“Get out here, now, or I’m gonna kill you!” he hollered.

Little girls are hardwired to hold their daddies in high esteem, so it comes as a shock the first time a daughter feels the back of her daddy’s hand across her face . . . or watches him punch and kick her mother to within an inch of her life.

How could this be? Her older sisters teach her how to survive, even when he comes for her in the night.

A girl learns to become invisible, to look the other way, to say nothing when a curious stranger asks if she’s okay. To lie. To expect nothing, not even from relatives.

To cry without tears.

To pray silently.

When she is fourteen, and weary, a girl begins to wish she were dead. Cruel Harvest is the compelling story of how she lived instead.

Every Once in a while you come across a book that’s painful to read and yet, you can’t stop reading.  Fran Grubb’s retelling of a nightmare-like childhood is definitely one of those books.  Not only is Ms. Grubb able to retell a story that most of us would have put behind us in a deep dark closet somewhere, but she finds the strength to paint the people in her life in a very compassionate way.

Although I still find myself unwilling to find forgiveness in my own heart for her tormentor, she does, in fact find a way.  It’s in this act of forgiveness that we realize how bound we are by our own unforgiveness and how freeing it can be to let go.

I highly recommend this book but make sure you have an entire afternoon and an entire box of Kleenex at your disposal before reading. You won’t be able to put it down!