My Story of Love, Loss, and Finding the Courage Within
On Sale: February 7, 2012
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NOT EVERY FAIRY TALE HAS A HAPPY ENDING. . . .
Reality hit Taylor Armstrong hard one tragic evening
last August when she found the body of her estranged
husband, Russell, hanging in his California home. Fans
across the country were shocked at the horrific news of his
death and even more shocked to discover that behind the
glittering “reality” of Taylor’s life on The Real
Housewives of Beverly Hills lurked a painful story of
emotional and physical abuse that she had been terrified to
An estimated 80 percent of domestic abuse
victims remain silent, suffocated by fear and relentless
self-doubt. For Taylor, it was the threat of financial ruin
and finding herself alone with her young daughter that kept
her tethered to her volatile husband. But after a ferocious
roundhouse punch from Russell fractured her face, resulting
in reconstructive surgery, she finally made the brave
decision to walk away from a man she loved and a legacy of
physical abuse that she first encountered as a child and
that haunted her throughout her adulthood.
outside world, the Armstrongs lived like royalty, throwing
lavish parties—including a memorable tea party for their
daughter’s fourth birthday—and mingling with their
privileged Housewives co-stars. It was impossible to
hide the cracks in their marriage from the cameras forever,
though, and their darkest secrets slowly began to seep
through the gilded façade.
With searing honesty,
Taylor candidly examines her difficult journey from the
abusive home in which she was born to the low self-esteem
that kept her constantly on the run from herself, to the
tumultuous marriage that ended in suicide, and ultimately to
her realization that only by sharing her moving story could
she help other women.
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