About the Book
A riveting and passionate account of the scourge of alcoholism and mental illness on families, Nelly takes readers on a journey of struggle and faith as they explore the honest analysis of one woman’s battle against these formidable foes. Holding little, if anything, back from her readers, the author shares tales and anecdotes from her childhood, her college days, and her life as a wife and mother. Sexual encounters, drug and alcohol use, and family dysfunction are not hidden in this memoir, but neither are they glorified. The reader rejoices as Nelly graduates from rehab and rebuilds her life, but they also grieve the circumstances surrounding those family members who do not emerge victorious over their demons. Challenging and emotional, refreshing and inspiring—Nelly unveils the ugly truth of mental illness, as well as the strength and power of the human spirit. It is a story that will challenge and inspire readers to face and defeat their own demons and support and encourage family and friends who battle mental illness every day.
"A disquieting, edgy, and engrossing embrace of the rewards of sobriety" - "Kirkus Reviews"
Page turner...when it is said 'truth is stranger than fiction' that was busting at the flat back seams! -Sue L
Wow, just wow! -Anne H
Your honesty and insight is remarkable-Cindy L
You are a wonderful writer. It all flows so smoothly, and the story is great!- Barb B
I could not put it down.- MaryJo
The writing is excellent and kept me transfixed as well as captivated!- Lori S
WOW, you are an excellent author and I admire your courageousness! Sara N
Wow! So many layers of things I would love to discuss with you!- Linda A
I just finished "Nelly". It was awesome and hard to put down. It was very insightful and thought provoking as well. I just bought your next book, Michael, and look forward to reading it!-Tracy M.
I was up until 2:30 a.m. reading this book. I haven't read a book that kept my interest in every single line until this one. -Geri S
Love your book, cannot stop reading. So many similarities in our lives.-Carrie P
I thought the flow was great as well as the pacing. I admire how much you have overcome. You are amazing and so is the book! Barb WR
Alcoholism, Substance Abuse, a, Family, Rehabilitation, Sexual Abuse, Mental Illness