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Pebbles in the Road
Hi Ryll, I have finished your book. You have done a great job in depicting who you were as a young person. I could really get the sense of your persona from the writing.
I liked how you did explanations of things when the need arose, it became somewhat educational and will be important for future generations to see what is was really like back then.
Your incredible dedication to Gavin gave him 17 precious years with you. He is a shining example of love at it's best. I am so delighted that you were able to have such strong intuitions and act on them.
I laughed and cried at different points along the way. I identified with some events as well.
I hope young women can read about your relationships and stop themselves from going down the same path. Even if it helps just one, it will have been absolutely worth it.
Perhaps a sequel should be in order taken from where you left off.
Love and light,
Chris, Kate and I absolutely leved being there to see you promote your fantastic books. You did so very well and I would not have missed it for the world.
Was at GP at Dockside, spotted your book, bought your book on a whim - I try to rather use library - in the end storage becomes a problem. But I bought your book. Read it yesterday and today... my hubby made tea and brought tissues when he saw my uncontrolled distress.
I used to think "rape" meant that a boy grab a girl on her breast(s) and keep pulling until the pain causes her to fall. Nothing else. Just this. In other words, if she is overcome by hurt / pain, she has been raped (had no idea about penetration). So Ryll, you had me laughing when I read your images of boys having their periods!!!!
If you are interested, and if you are in Brisbane, it might be very special to meet for tea.
Ryll, hope I don't wake u with this text, just finished. Very emotional and struggling at the moment for the first time in a long time. I can see that cheeky grin. Ryll you have captured him so beautifully and honestly and with such dignity—he would b so proud. I know I am and so thankful ox
To Ryll, Thank you for the strength & courage it must have taken to tell me a small part of your life. I was very touched by your son's story & the strength you showed for each other is magical. I was very pleased to meet your son through your eyes & got a glimpse of both your challenges you faced.
I began reading your book on Saturday night and I finished it on Monday after lunch
in a torrent of tears and loved every page. What a very hard life you have had. Your beautiful manner and appearance belies the hardships you have faced. I really want to read the next book about your life's journey since then. A sequel. Honestly for others who have had a rough trot with men and those looking for encouragement to overcome abuse you should write the next book.
I notice on your website that you are at the launch right now. All the best with it. I hope Oprah features it on her bookclub list!!!! No
matter it is a very gripping read of a woman and the dependence we all have on men. I can't wait to be a grandmother if only because I will have the babies to love but the main bulk of servitude and daily grind will be behind me god willing!!
You deserve to have a wonderful twenty years ahead at least. Lots of love.
Have just finished reading your book. Congratulations and well done, you are an inspiration as an author and a mother, you have so much strength and courage I am sure Gavin will be smiling with such pride saying 'that's my mum'!!!
I know its late. My eyes are stinging, my heart is aching. There is no greater love or gift to give to your beautiful Gavin than the words I have read today!!!! Waiting for the next book now !! x
Hi Ryll, I have read your book and couldn't put it down—it brought back so many past memories of our era to me & your battle keeping Gavin alive so long is an awesome accolade to your Mother's love & personal tenacity. Loved it !!!!
Some of your pebbles were boulders, my dear. You are a strong, beautiful, brave soul. —J.
I read the book. I had no idea. I'm so tempted to pass the book around the girls on my floor so I can tell them that this amazing, strong, warm woman is who I got my middle name from. I'm so proud.
Wow!! Have Just finished your book. Had great time remembering lots, and then some tears. Thanks ryll for bringing back some great memories. X
I have just finished your book and wanted to congratulate you on a wonderfully courageous and honest work. I started it slowly but then couldn't put it down. Well done doesn't seem sufficient - what a wonderful achievement over so many pebbles.
The end of your book had great effect ask Richie about the tears streaming down my face. They say everyone has one book in them, thank you for sharing yours. All the best for everything you do & I hope you face the many pebbles along the path with as much strength & courage.