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Publisher's Summary

Sometimes all that it takes to start over is the courage to say you will.

In Kathleen’s home, red jeans were a sin. Parties were punishable with violence. Fear was part of the daily norm. Growing up in a Catholic cult, under the unforgiving eye of her abusive father, Kathleen knew from an early age that if she were to survive, she’d have to do it on her own.

But when the time came to escape, she found herself in a damaging spiral of self-destruction. At rock bottom, and with nowhere to go, Kathleen stepped off a bus in the last place she ever thought she’d find peace: a remote and very Catholic community. Spending a year in almost complete silence, Kathleen feared this experience would prove to be just another step in her unraveling. Instead, with her demons quieted, she emerged with a fresh understanding of self, an empowering new purpose, and a sense of worthiness that she would never let be challenged again.

Wholly Unraveled is Keele Burgin’s gripping and inspiring journey of self-discovery and of finally finding her voice against nearly insurmountable odds.

©2019 Keele Burgin (P)2018 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

Critic Reviews

“Keele Burgin is a living, breathing example of the triumph of the human spirit. The story of how she overcame the extreme abuse of her childhood is nothing short of breathtaking. Burgin shows us that light can always be found in darkness and that anything can be transformed by love.” (Jennifer Read Hawthorne, New York Times best-selling author)

“I was hooked by this story. Burgin’s writing is so vivid, giving life to scenes with a minimum of words. Brilliant.” (Dr. Jane Goodall)

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  • squishy
  • 06-05-2019

Please don't let any bad reviews keep you from reading

Yes, this is a heartbreaking story but also a triumphant one. This could be MY story. My father was an untreated(they think they're "fine) bi- polar horror. A common trait is religious fanaticism and grandiose narcissism. He, too, was "God's chosen" almost up there with Jesus. I can relate to everything she went thru. Ms Burgin did a phenomenal job in this book. I really take issue with some reviewers that have criticized and even judged HER in the honesty she put into this book. Talk about victim blaming! "It was too graphic, (it offended them!)wasnt "cohesive" (???) and the "ending wasn't satisfying". The description does include warnings, they chose to ignore them, is not her fault! I wonder how many find these faults with fiction writers of crime or horror stories. We have become a sanitized society that wants life wrapped in a pretty package that doesnt make us uncomfortable. That is NOT real life. This is her story, her truth, her life shame on anyone that feels they can judge how she tells it, especially when they don't even FINISH the book. Please excuse the rant, it is kind of personal as the story could be me. She is an amazingly strong and courageous woman to put such a hard story out for all to know. It is troubling but it also shines a light on the need for ppl to know about mental illness. It took me decades to forgive,to a point, my own father after realizing how sick he was. The reading by the author made this even better, you could hear her pain and victory, the Acknowledgments are beautiful. She is beautiful.

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  • Deborah Adams
  • 02-04-2019

Easy to listen to and so hard to hear

Keele Burgin's story is heart wrenching. She truly is strong a strong woman and has been since childhood.

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  • Twila B.
  • 03-10-2020

AMAZING

One if the most riveting, powerful books I have ever read!! It makes you look into own your life and look at things in a different way.

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  • Kristie Baker
  • 26-08-2020

amazingly brave memoir!!!

I am a psychotherapist, reading your brave and powerfully heartbreaking triumph story was inspirational! I have always wanted to incorporate memoir writing into my therapy work with my patients. Your story gives me the final push to begin this work with my patients ❣️

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  • GCS18
  • 28-12-2019

Amazing Woman

This memoir was wholly engaging, wholly moving and wholly life altering. She is raw, holds nothing back. Her father is a monster. I could feel how conflicted she was about her family of origin. I would love to know how those relationships change over time. If they do. I took a point off for her horrible English accent. Oh my god girl, just make the guy American!!!! Wouldn’t have changed the story a bit! Her regular reading voice is lovely.

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  • Eileen Gates
  • 11-10-2019

Beautiful, powerful and hopeful

This book, read by the author, is such an incredible story of pain, fear, hope and the resilience. I’m writing my own memoir and am finding it hard to be so totally honest with myself and the reader as you are. Congratulations on your journey and ability to tell it in such beautiful prose and imagery💕

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  • Tawny
  • 20-09-2019

captivating

I felt every hurt this woman went through in this entire book. i felt every pain she felt. i sympathize for you and the strength you had to have to be who you and go through what you did! anyone who is struggling should read this even though it isnt the same exact thing you went through, it will still open your eyes and help guide you in some way in your life to make you want to do better!! thank you for sharing this verg hard thing you dealt with all your life...you truly ars a strong individual and some day i hope to stand as tall as you are!!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-08-2019

Could not stop listening...

This memoir was so delicately written so as not to offend and so honest that I cried and laughed along with the author. I could feel her pain and heartache. I could not stop listening to this audio book. It is a treasure.

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  • Martha Sommers
  • 23-07-2019

Sometimes painful

If you have had a childhood that was what some see as normal then this story might not be for you. Thank God my life was not as tragic as hers and I did not suffer physical abuse I nearly didn’t survive the sexual abuses. What an incredible woman this author is. I’m glad she found her way and learned to love herself. Great book.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-07-2019

beautiful but intense

beautiful but intense story. I had to stop listening for a day or two at times. raw, real and revolutionary.

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