SPILLED MILK: Based on a True Story by K.L. Randis
PUBLISHER: K.L. Randis
RELEASED: December 4, 2013
GENRE: Family Relationships, Child Abuse, Dysfunctional Relationships, Social Services & Welfare
Brooke Nolan is a battered child who makes an anonymous phone call about the escalating brutality in her home.
When social services jeopardize her safety condemning her to keep her father’s secret, it’s a glass of spilled milk at the dinner table that forces her to speak about the cruelty she’s been hiding. In her pursuit for safety and justice Brooke battles a broken system that pushes to keep her father in the home.
When jury members and a love interest congregate to inspire her to fight, she risks losing the support of family and comes to the realization that some people simply do not want to be saved.
Spilled Milk is a novel of shocking narrative, triumph and resiliency.
K.L. Randis, author of bestselling novel Spilled Milk and the Pillbillies series, started journaling at the age of six and had short stories and poetry published by the time she was thirteen. She is a graduate of Pennsylvania State University and a certified expert in the field of domestic violence. She has since written numerous local publications that brought awareness to domestic violence and child abuse. K.L. Randis engages audiences on a local and national level to raise awareness about child abuse, serving as a frequent commentator to media outlets. She has developed local high school presentations on teen dating violence, was named Community Woman of Distinction by East Stroudsburg University, and was invited to the Pentagon to speak to the department of defense about child abuse. Spilled Milk is her first novel, which grabbed the #1 bestsellers spot in the genre of Child Abuse on Amazon for eight consecutive months only 24 hours after its debut. She resides in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania with her family.
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I was nine when my best friend across the street let me write in her journal. My Aladdin and Jasmine one had every page filled and my mom refused to get me another one. ‘I don’t have the money for that crap, Brooke,” Mom said. ‘Write on a piece of paper.’ Since Alyssa hated to write and since we were best friends for life, she let me use the one her mom got for her. I was playing Barbies with Kat in the kitchen when Alyssa’s mom called. Mom rolled her eyes when Meredith’s number flashed across the caller ID and she steadies her voice before she picked up. ‘Oh hey Mer, what’s–?’ Mom’s silence as she listened forced me to look in her direction. She twisted the cord around her finger and turned her back to us. ‘Mmmhmm? Yeah, Brooke likes journals.’ My face tingled with heat when Mom paced two short steps towards the living room. She spun and looked in my direction, the receiver glued to her ear. My mom–usually the one chatting away on phone calls–was unable to utter a single syllable. Instead she darted her eyes at me with an open mouth. I prayed that Alyssa’s mom was asking if I could come over for dinner or play. The banquet my Barbie was attending with my sister’s teddy bear was no longer interesting and I half listened, pretending to be fixated on brushing Barbie’s hair. ‘What do you–I mean, can I see it?’ Mom’s voice heightened. The thud in my chest was nothing compared to the knots that started to form in my stomach. What did I do?
Sexual assault and domestic violence happen often and there are a lot of individuals who remain silent every year. Questions go unanswered mostly out of fear, but there are advocates making headway in this day and age about these types of abuse. Where would I end up if I told someone? Who can I go to if I need help? What do I say? Is it wrong or is this how families/friends are really supposed to treat each other? I don’t want him/her to get into trouble. All of these questions and thoughts are normal, but it doesn’t mean that it doesn’t place a tremendous burden on those who face these questions and thoughts on a daily basis. It doesn’t make it right and it doesn’t make it their fault that it is happening to them. Randis has an emotional and inspiring story based on true events regarding a family’s struggle of sexual assault and domestic violence. Told from the oldest daughter’s perspective, the story is not for the faint of heart. It does delve into concepts and issues that are difficult to grasp, but very important to understand with the culture that we live in today.
As a teenager, Brooke is waging an internal war within herself. She has endured so much as a child from her own family. Physical, sexual and mental abuse are all that she has ever known. After a boy asks her to be his girlfriend, she is invited to his house for dinners and movie dates. This is where she begins to see that not every family is like hers. In fact, she feels more comfortable in his home than her own. A spilled glass of milk would have been reason to get a severe beating at her house, but her boyfriend’s little brother doesn’t even really get a reprimand. Things are different, but it really begins to set in when her father begins to realize that Brooke is starting to get noticed by other boys. Things are changing, situations are becoming more complicated, more severe. When Brooke’s siblings begin getting the beatings, she truly believes that she must endure the violence so that they won’t have to. In order to protect her siblings, she must keep his secrets. For fear of being sent to orphanages. For fear of being split up and sent to different foster homes. She keeps her head high and focuses on her studies to get through the violence. What happens when she breaks though? What happens when it becomes too much?
Spilled Milk is a magnetic story, one filled with credibility based on true events. Randis tells a story that depicts what children have already gone through or may go through if they are in a relationship that harbors sexual abuse or domestic violence. Statistics state that you are more likely to be victimized by someone you know and trust, rather than a stranger. It is completely true. If you trust someone, like a child trusts their family–that abuse becomes much more difficult to understand and/or work through because what was interpreted as trust has now been used for the perpetrator’s advantage or personal gain. These topics are not easy to read about, nor are they meant to be; however, it does need to be addressed in the culture that we live in today. So many things are now socially acceptable today then they were ten or twenty years ago, leaving children and teenagers more confused between what is right and wrong. Children who are sexually or physically abused are more likely to create a pattern of abuse with their children if they don’t understand that it is wrong. Stories like these also help others who were victimized know that they are not alone. If you are interested in educational or advocate books regarding challenging issues faced among our youth and young adults today, you may want to pick this book up for a read. This story is highly recommended, but not for an audience under the age of eighteen due to content.
This audio book was purchased by Turning Another Page and in no way affects the honesty of this review. We provide a five-star rating for Spilled Milk by K.L. Randis.