Kathleen is a sensitive and caring woman who has spent the majority of her life in an abusive marriage. She comes to a crossroads in her middle-aged life. She has lost her dignity and her self-worth because of her husband’s frequent verbal and physical abuse throughout the years. As she resigns herself to her nightmarish reality, her subconscious, the healthy and alive part of whom she truly is, emerges. Within her dream world, she is young and beautiful. Living in this state, she experiences love in its truest form with a loving young man named Joseph. Kathleen is able to cope, to love, and to feel joy for the first time in her life. Her husband, jealous of his wife’s preoccupation and her escapes, becomes enraged. Kathleen is exposed to her husband’s most violent outbursts of their marriage, and she narrowly escapes losing her life. Will Kathleen permanently escape her abuse, and at what cost? Can she find the strength within herself to make her dream world come true or will she die trying? Gibbs deftly explores the emotional landscape of abuse, what it does to the victim and what it does to the psyche. With clarity, heart-wrenching, and beautifully written narration, Gibbs gives voice to a subject that is not discussed in polite company. Sweet Dreams, its message, and its protagonist will find a place in your heart and soul, and will stay there long after the final page is turned.
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