Tracy Ross has written a powerful memoir that will resound with many, assuredly staying with the reader. Her story is open, honest and painfully true.
Losing her father when she was a very young child, Tracy felt blessed in gaining a doting stepfather not long thereafter. They become very close throughout her childhood, and all seemed right in her world. Her family was close; camping trips were commonplace. Her stepfather taught Tracy many things about the Idaho nature, wildlife, and living life to the fullest on these family outings. However, his love and affection for Tracy turned very wrong when on a camping trip her stepfather began to sexually abuse her. Tracy was eight years old.
Eventually, Tracy fights back. Leaving home as a teen, she reveals the truth. This tears the family apart, finally forcing them all to face buried secrets and carefully hidden flaws. As Tracy was betrayed as a child, the family felt she now betrayed them. It takes years for them all to admit the truth.
Growing up fast, Tracy goes through many changes, and encounters many situations. She learns hard-earned lessons. Tracys lifelong love for nature and the outdoors takes her from her native Idaho to Alaska, and eventually to Colorado. It was nature that always held Tracy together, and ultimately helped her to heal.
There finally comes a point where Tracy is able to confront her stepfather, as an adult. This takes immense courage, for which I admire her. In doing so, Tracy is able to come to terms with what happened to her, and that she survived.
Tracy Rosss story is full of raw emotion, vulnerability, and ultimately real survival and forgiveness. This is a memoir not to be missed.
If you regularly reads autobiographies or memoirs I recommend this one. Tracy was sexually abused by her father from age eight into her teens. It impacted her life immensely and she shares her experiences and feelings. I don't know if I would have the courage to be as open about something so disturbing and personal but it lets the reader know how a child views what happens because someone she loves so much does something she knows is wrong, Later as she grows and matures is colors her feelings for the men she meets even into her own marriage. For me, this was a four star read.