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Preview — No Fourth River. A Novel Based on a True Story. A profoundly moving read about a woman's fight for survival. by Christine Clayfield
No Fourth River. A Novel Based on a True Story. A profoundly moving read about a woman's fight for survival.
Take a heart-wrenching yet inspiring ride through one woman’s incredible journey that is so compelling that you are simultaneously trying to look away and unable to stop yourself from reading on.
Christine’s father is a wealthy, tyrannical man renown ...more
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No Fourth River is a very powerful story about swimming up to surface, when the world is against you. A story about child abuse unlike anything else, and one very determined woman.
This is the second Audiobook I have listened to, with the first being Ready Player One. Two completely different experiences. It was disturbing listening to such a painful story for a while, and it took me a long time to finish it.
The story of Christine is so sad and so ...more
No Fourth River starts out with Christine receiving a call regarding her mum’s health and while travelling and sitting with her mum she is reliving the past. We see a young girl living ...more
Since this is based on a true story it is a little difficult to cover "characters" and "plot." Instead I'll speak to the book a whole. It was touching and inspirational. There were parts that were difficult to read because of their content. I could tell the author was pouring directly from her soul as she recalled her childhood trauma. Her family was vividly detailed. When I read the part about why she named the book "The Fourth River" I was totally sucked in.
Following Christine on her t ...more
The story begins with Christine at the bedside of her mother who is very poorly, and as she sits there watching over she begins to look back at her childhood and how she h ...more
No Fourth River is a raw testimony of a life of abuse. But this is putting it in a nutshell. The author makes sure you can feel every inch of pain, every sting of humiliation, every scar of psychological abuse. Through a split storyline, we follow Christine growing up, enduring an endless string of events which will shape her future, her vision of herself and of the world.
I will admit I had to take breaks reading this story. There is so much you can take bef...more
Written from the heart, “No Fourth River” made me feel as though Christine was sitting beside me for several hours, telling me the most intimate details of her dramatic life story. What I appreciated most was that it was such an insightful look at being raised by a narcissist. You might think coming from a wealthy family might help in such circumstances, but being raised by someone who no only lacks the ability to care for others but seeks to ann ...more
As Christine talks through her life, my heart went out to her. She has been brought up in a house with four brothers and I felt like her family didn't know how to cope with a girl. Perhaps her mother was exhausted after havi ...more
Reading this book was a shocking yet heart-warming experience. The first half focuses on the author's traumatic upbringing and her, frankly terrifying, first marriage. The second charts her recovery and the construction of a succesful family life. I'll be honest and say that when I reached the turning point around the middle of the book, it felt very much like an ending to me, yet the story kept going. Even after a couple more chapters I found myse ...more
No Fourth River is a novel based on a true story that would not just tug at your heart but yank it off and twist it to the last force.
I love reading autobiographies or memoirs, though you won’t find many if you sift through my ‘read’ titles, so I was instantly interested in grasping an opportunity to take part in a blog tour for this real story.
This is an honest recounting which is why it can resonate with people who have gone through the same, but this review is from the viewpoint of someon ...more
No Fourth River takes you through Christine’s life, right up to last year- 2017. Discovering the abuse she suffered with as a child within her family into her teens and adulthood with relationships.
I found No Fourth River difficult to read in the beginning, in fact ...more
Yes, this is a story of bitter cruelty by a power-crazed father and others. It's also about repeating patterns of abuse to self and seeking out users and abusers. Far too many grow up to repeat that story over and over. They make the headlines every day.
The author did not wallow in her wounds but crafted he ...more
I enjoyed this book very much. The first half of this story details the cold and abusive childhood she faced growing up at the hands of her father, the nuns at her boarding school, and even her first husband. It's a page turner, being very unique and interesting, and it's definitely stuff that nightmares are made of.
The second half is uplifting as the author speaks of how she has cried a river for three different injustices but there will not be a fourth. I enjoyed reading about h ...more
It took me longer for me to read this book than I’d anticipated. Why? Because with the strings of my heart being pulled because of this author’s writing, I could somehow sense she wants someone’s hand to hold as she endures the horrors of what has been her life. For some reason I wish I could turn off the picture running in my mind, but I kept on ...more
On my bookshelf to read again.
I finished this book within 2 days, simply because I needed to know how it all ends for Christine!
It is one of those books that sucks you in and you live through Christine’s story along with her. The writing is immaculate.
I will not include any spoilers, but let me tell you that although what happens in the beginning riles up negative emotions, like anger and shock, it gives the 2nd half of the book ev ...more
This book is a memoir of Christine Clayfield, where she is sharing her life story. The story begins when she was five years old, and it continues throughout her life, including rebellious teenage years, until the present, when she is 58 ...more
Quite effectively this book is divided into two, the first section follows Christine's childhood and early teens, while the second half focuses on the adult.
Some of the things she shares, seem unreal, and it brings out anger and a desire to protect an innocent child.
What is encouraging and unlike other books in the same genre is how the author, Christine herself uses this book and the story ...more
No Fourth River by Christine Clayfield is a deeply shocking portrayal of electroshock therapy, child abuse and modern-day slavery. From very early on in life, Christine is tortured by her father, a wealthy, tyrannical man renowned in the diamond business. This abuse continues with the awful nuns and classmates she endures when she is shipped off to boarding school aged 5. This horror culminates into a falling out between f ...more
By Christine Clayfield
No Fourth River, by Christine Clayfield, is a powerful, intense and compelling story of a woman’s life, from a childhood and until the recent present. Her early life was filled with crushing verbal and psychological abuse at the hands of her father, then the nuns and her classmates at school, leaving her with nothing upon which to build any self-esteem. It is a miracle that she didn’t end up as another teenage suicide. This is tough reading and not for the fa ...more
The boarding school Christine attended ...more
I was not disappointed as the story certainly delivered, approximately half of the novel is about Christine's life as a young woman where she finds her courage, created financial stability and most importantly for soppy hearts like me- she found love.
That is how I would described my experience reading No Fourth River. Before I even began reading I was filled with a trepidation. Was I really up for reading a true story on abuse? As someone who has been in the throes of relationship abuse, Christine’s story scared me.
Even knowing No Fourth River is non-fiction, I was still very surprised with how honest Christine na ...more
No Fourth River is not a novel. It is an autobiography which may or may not have altered names, places and situations to create some sense of fiction. Having said that, it is a heart warming and uplifting story which shows how a badly abused child and young adult can put the brakes on their downward trajectory and, through determination and hard work, create a better life for themselves.
Christine suffers terribly at the hands of her father, the nuns at her boarding school ...more
As she reached her teens, the constant pressure erup ...more
After many years of being a successful business woman and mentor she took one step further to empower and inspire the world, with the release of ‘No Fourth River’ a novel based on her life.
Christine’s past holds much pain and abuse, but it did not stop her from being the w ...more