If I Should Die Before I Wake

If I Should Die Before I Wake

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By: Eileen Munro

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In her bestselling memoir As I Lay Me Down to Sleep, Eileen Munro vividly documented the abuse she experienced at the hands of her adoptive parents and, later, within the care system. The birth of Eileen's son, Craig, and her escape from the authorities' clutches should have seen her turn a corner, but she remains haunted by the spectre of her past.

In If I Should Die Before I Wake, Eileen chronicles her search for her real parents and her battle for an education for both Craig and herself. She faces exploitation, suffers further sexual and physical abuse, and endures periods of homelessness and bad health. Still she perseveres, clinging to her hopes for the future, until she eventually finds the sense of belonging that has previously eluded her.

In this harrowing but ultimately inspirational second volume of memoir, Eileen Munro proves that, against all the odds, happiness does sometimes come to those who never give up hope.

A horrible story, but very well written!

- Anonymous

I loved reading it .Its a book u can,t put down . I wil give to my daughter to read

- Anonymous

I stuggled through the first book which in y opinion could have been interesting but it somehow didn't seem to gel. I don't know if it was because it wasn't written by Eileen herself but i felt like it was somebody elses voice, as if a lot of facts were laid down but i still didn't get to know the real Eileen. I also strongly felt that it just didn't seem like her voice.
This second book i'm afraid i found incredibly boring. After many weeks i have given up on it. There is something very impersonable about it and a lot of time given to complaining about one particular character who clearly had issues but sadly it just came off as whinging..
This book doesn't appear (at first glance anyway) to have been written with someone like the first book but i just didn't find the author or the style of writing very endearing. Sorry.

- Anonymous

The very clever writing of Eileen Munro's second book in the series had my heart thumping (it still is now as I write)!

Goodness me Eileen your life should never have been like it was. The one blessing your beautiful son, your love for him from the minute he was born shines through. Goodness what an ending James and then your mother! I hope that things went well, I am praying.

Be sure to read the first book Eileen wrote. A very sad story she has to tell but you just want her to succeed.

Thank you for sharing your life with me and your readers, we are privileged.

- Anonymous

I really enjoyed Eileen second instalment and her journey into adulthood. in fact I was gutted as I flipped to the next page on my kindle to discover her journey had come to an end. her spirit and integrity are qualities that have carried her through, she asks for no pity from the reader only that you share her hopes and desires for a normal family unit, safe and secure, keeping her demons deep inside. a truly honest and remarkable human being deserves these things, and I sincerely hope that into the 90's and beyond, to present day she found and sustained what she so deserves. I hope there will be a next instalment, and cannot wait to find out if she forges a relationship with the mother she never knew, and continues to soar, and grow as she matured. I wish for Eileen, everything she desires and deserves, she is a credit to her family, adopted and paternal, and a credit to the social work system that failed her and could have ruined her life, if she had so let it.

- Anonymous

I enjoyed this book as I did the first one, I liked following her life, very scary in parts. I couldn't imagine living in a flat like that, with the door hanging off and neighbours stealing from you, it must have been terrifying. I'm looking forward to the next instalment, I'm glad this one ended on a happy note.

- Anonymous

Very good continued story of this ladies tough childhood, let down by the establishment and family. I hope there is a third book, I need to know what happens next!

- Anonymous

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