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MY PRISON WITHOUT BARS: THE JOURNEY OF A DAMAGED WOMAN TO SOMEPLACE NORMAL is a novel based on a true story...Taylor's story.

MY PRISON WITHOUT BARS is a courageous and har
Paperback, 420 pages
Published November 24th 2012 by Taylor Evan Fulks
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Jody Zimmerman
Nov 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
One Woman's Journey To Grace

Taylor Fulk’s novel, My Prison Without Bars, chronicles her life-long subjection to the most insidious types of abuse. As a little girl she endures repetitive sexual molestation and rape by her stepfather, a pedophile, and constant emotional manipulation and detachment from her self-absorbed mother.

Her sense of self-worth is so damaged that by the time she becomes a young woman, she enters into one-sided relationships, based mainly on sexual pleasure, with men. Anyo
Peggy Strack
Nov 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
The topic of child sexual abuse is not pleasant, yet it happens every day, every hour. It happened to Taylor Fulks. Many years after her traumatic ordeal, she took pen to paper and told her story in "A Prison Without Bars," and why shouldn't she. Ms. Fulks has nothing to be ashamed of, nothing to hide. What she does have is the courage to describe a horrific period of her life in the hope of raising awareness of this appauling crime. Fulks is a gifted writer who describes her experiences, the ch ...more
Elena Eulo
Apr 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing

Reviewed by Elena Yates Eulo

This is a shivery book to lower yourself into. The currents are deep and dark and by no means dependable or calm. Its very subject matter makes for riptides. Violent and sexual abuse is never a pretty topic, but I was by no means prepared for such an unflinching ripping away of the veil that almost always conceals such acts. I have, in fact, never read such an explicit account of those dirty little secrets children are often asked
Samantha Stambaugh
This is a story unlike any story I have read before. Taylor Evan Fulks is an amazing writer, and she has an amazing life story to tell. My Prison Without Bars is a fictional book based on true facts. It is told without filters, and written in an adult language that is very graphic. It is meant for 18+ adults to read, and states that it may trigger those who have experienced childhood sexual abuse.

I have read several books in fiction and non-fiction genres on childhood and adult sexual abuse. Th
Melanie Adkins
Jun 15, 2013 rated it did not like it
* Preface required for this review- Taylor Faulks will try to tear me apart over this review because of what I say, however I hope you look at other reviews and make your own decision about it. Take what she says with a grain of salt. Thank you.*

Taylor is a nineteen year old girl who is going on spring break. She's excited and ready for this trip. Meeting a handsome young man on the bus, she feels her luck has finally changed. Things went well for a few days, but luck changes. We are then throw
Nov 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing
My Prison Without Bars is a hell of a read. The breath taking story telling of Taylor Evan Fulks childhood experiences is not for the feint hearted. I was forced to drop everything and simply read every single word carefully and deliberately. What happened to Taylor is horrifying and its really challenging to read the details of her experiences. And just when you think you can't take anymore, you find you can, you must, you have to. There's a girl in this story who needs you to feel for her and ...more
Candi Silk
Jun 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A captivating, compelling, and memorable read!

The author, Taylor Evan Fulks, is direct and honest about My Prison Without Bars. In the front matter of her book she clearly tells the reader what her story is about and the style and manner in which she wrote it. She clearly states her story-telling intentions, and gives warning to potential readers that her story is about child sexual abuse, and she would pull no punches in delivering her message of what happened to the protagonist, Taylor Smith,
Oct 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book came to my attention in an unusual way. My cousin, who suffered brutal abuse in her childhood, didn't tell anyone about it until she was a young adult.

She had one friend who was in major denial about that kind of thing happening to anyone, and well—because of her attitude, suffice it to say that she and my cousin were no longer BFFs.

Then, about a year later, this former friend read Taylor Fulks' novel, MY PRISON WITHOUT BARS, based on a true story and she realized that she had doubted
Lisette Brodey
Mar 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I cannot even count the number of people I know who have suffered horrific child sexual abuse. I don’t think a day goes by where I don’t read one chilling account after another in the news—and those are cases where the abusers were caught. And even in many of those cases, justice does not always prevail. Worse, a staggering number of abuse cases stay hidden in the shadows and way too many people who work hard to keep them there.

Taylor Evan Fulks isn’t one of them. My Prison Without Bars is a no
Teresa Reed-shaffer
Dec 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This book will put you though every emotion possible. As a child Taylor had to withstand abuse that no human should even have to think about much less endure. With no one to turn to and no way out, her only defense was to just stay alive. Just when you thought life would get easier for Taylor, once again she would be thrust into situations beyond her control. A horribly abusive childhood, rough teenage years, a strained mother/daughter relationship and a troubled marriage are just some of the is ...more
Kimberly J.
Mar 17, 2013 rated it did not like it
Im saddened with the latest knowledge that this book isn't an actual memoir but merely fiction. I can not recommend this book! ...more
Sharla Lee Shults
Jan 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Taylor Fulks takes you on a journey. . .a journey through torturous, foreboding child abuse without the aid or understanding of her mother, continued abuse as a teen, mockery and non-acceptance until her knight in shining armor comes knocking at her door. Or, is he?

This is a story that has remained closeted long enough. How she survived is nothing short of a miracle and avid determination. She was alone - no comforter. She was scared - no protector. She was at the mercy of a pedophile. She was a
E.L. Lindley
Apr 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
It was with some trepidation that I approached My Prison Without Bars, purely because of the subject matter. It is an unflinching account of one woman’s experience of sexual abuse; an abuse which began when she was little more than a baby. Fulks pulls no punches with this story, it is unrelenting and it is ugly and this is as it should be. Like all good novels, however, it is so much more than it seems. The real power of the story lies with the skill of Fulk’s writing. She grabs the reader from ...more
Sylvia Massara
May 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
Disclaimer: I asked the author of this book to send me a copy of her work --no one solicited this review from me. Please note: I NEVER leave 5-star reviews as they seem "contrived" in my opinion and sadly, many authors buy 5-star reviews to gain more exposure. This is a practice I do not condone, and something that affects honest authors who work hard in the hope of getting legit reviews. My views are my own, whether good or bad. Additionally, my opinions regarding my views on those who purchase ...more
Sep 16, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
After skimming through the glowing 5 star reviews written by the author’s friends, family, her fellow indie authors, co-workers, former classmates and friends of her children, I feel a kinship to the kid who blurted out “The Emperor has no clothes!”

This book simply does not ring true. I refuse to take anyone seriously as a survivor when they write their story as erotica. Saying that it had to be written this way in order to make readers feel what she says she experienced is insulting to both re
John Moore
Dec 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
My Prison Without Bars takes us inside a world where sociopaths, deranged lunatics, demons and the devil himself play God. Fulks gives us a look into a world where we could not imagine anyone coming out of it sane, normal or even alive.
Fulks takes us on a journey that is unquestionably a ride no one wants to go on. As I read "My Prison Without Bars", I felt compelled to stop reading for fear I would learn things this world would rather ignore, deny, and forget. But Fulks' detail of what life thr
Toni Osterhout
Aug 02, 2013 rated it did not like it
Although I appreciate the effort of anyone to finish writing and self publish a book, this book lacks the quality of most others I have read on this subject matter. It reads like someone sitting down to just spew everything they can think of over their lifetime and then some. Some of it is believable, some is not. It goes on and on and on, the same thing happening over and over again. I could not help but skim to finish this. I would have put the book down entirely except that it was a book club ...more
Robbie Cox
May 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
A very intense book with a traumatic story that parents need to read today. Too often these issues get swept away and ignored. Taylor has done an awesome job at telling her story and although not for the weak of heart, it is a must read.
Alice Huskisson
Mar 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is the author’s debut novel and it is her true life story. I should perhaps mention that if you are not broad minded, if you shock and take offence easily, if you are squeamish, then maybe this isn’t for you. The fact is, Taylor writes from the very depths of her heart and soul, from vivid memories of harrowing and horrifying child abuse to violent physical abuse (including rape) and deeply emotional mental abuse, which has relentlessly followed her around most of her life. She writes in in ...more
A powerful, deeply moving true-life story …

It was my read of the synopsis that initially intrigued me, before I read any reviews and found that this true-life novel had triggered such controversial opinions. After reading a sample, several factors fortified my decision to read this novel. First, the story would be skillfully written, the details quite vivid; second, the author would take me into some of the worst dark places imaginable but she would not leave me stranded. Both factors were borne
Rachael Phillips
Apr 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
A book that holds no punches and demonstrates true courage.

This is a tough review to write because I want to do this story justice. I was under no illusions as the book description tries to prepare you for the content but it was still very difficult to read. This book is very well written so much so that I almost forgot I was reading about someone's real life experiences.
I am in awe of the courage demonstrated by Taylor, not just for writing the story so totally honestly and in such personal de
Sep 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book is a frightening, heart-warming, gut-wrenching, toe-curling, inspiring story of child abuse, resilience, hope, and faith. Taylor has suffered beyond that which most people could survive and emerged a stronger, wiser woman. There are graphic descriptions of sexual abuse that may turn some readers off. I had to put it down and step away from it a few times myself. One can only imagine the strength it would have taken to live the story.

Woven throughout is a bit of Texas twang and humor th
Sue Lloyd
May 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

This book is a tough read. Stick with it, and you will no doubt encounter the sheer resilience of the author. It is remarkable.
Taylor Fulks' life story is the perfect storm of abuse, betrayal and disappointment. More than that, it is a victorious message of overcoming adversity.
The author has written honestly about her abuse at the hands of her mother's partner.
Reading about a small child in such a vulnerable state, and without anyone to protect her, made my heart bleed. Add to that t
Christoph Fischer
"My Prison Without Bars: The Journey of a Damaged Woman to Someplace Normal" by Taylor Evan Fulks is a powerful and emotional read but one that needs to be read.
The story of a woman whose life from childhood onwards is tainted by abusive people. Based on a real life but fictionalised this book is harrowing and not for the faint hearted but it is an important read for its honesty and its uncompromising truth.
The narrative makes the story very real for the reader, something very important in a soc
Brian Benson
Feb 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is more than just an amazing story. It took a lot of courage for Ms Fulks to tell this story the way she did. I known that some have criticized her for being to graphic in her depictions. Well, child sexual abuse is graphic and sickening. It cannot be sugar-coated. This book will bring you to tears, and make you feel uneasy. I hope it does, because it is all too frighteningly real, and continues to happen in our communities each and every day. Ms Fulks' writing style is very earthy and to t ...more
April Campbell ross
Dec 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Taylor's debut book was truly a heart stopper. I went through ever emotion possible from rage, tears to some laughter as I saw my friend come alive on the pages. I just wanted to go in and rescue this little girl from the horrific life that she was subjected to. As a mother myself, I would do anything to protect my children. I cannot fathom the acts of Taylor's mother, her abuser and so many other people that she comes in contact throughout her adolescent and adult life. I literally could not pu ...more
Victoria Cowden-moyneur
Apr 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Fulks novel is a true story that captures your heart and interest from the first page. As difficult as it can sometimes be to read a story of this nature, Fulks managed to do it with both clarity and finesse. I highly recommend this novel to all types of people, regardless of what genres you prefer. Be prepared for your emotions to engage on a ride that covered approximately 30 years of her life. It deserves 5 stars...
Lluís Carrera miralles
Dec 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Taylor is great writer and an incredible person, she uses a fine language to describe a hard story. You connect quickly with the story and reach a connection with her difficult to explain. You'll love this book!!
Today I've finished the book, I have no words, it is a masterpiece. I'm impacient to read her next book.

Jan 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Taylor your book focuses on some very difficult periods in your life. It displays your strength and determination to overcome may obstacles. How much cruelty can one human experience. The results are Taylor is truly an inspiration to anyone who has had similar experiences and allows the reader to get emotionally involved in her story. Very well done.
Dec 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This is a heart-breaking book about a girl being abused by her adopted father. How can people do this to little girls - or boys? I can't understand why a mother does not do anything, but just let it happen.
Thank you to the author for letting me read your heart.
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