The Shadows in My Heart is a memoir based book exploring the life of trauma, abuse, and healing of Mary A. Havens. Born and raised on a small dairy farm in Wisconsin, Ms. Havens moved to Alaska after a 30-year career. Since 2012 when she began writing her memoir, Mary zigzagged across the country on the trails of the Lower 48 to and from Alaska. She continues her journey while promoting and speaking against domestic violence. Mary appeared on numerous TV talk shows, including The Oprah Winfrey Show, Minneapolis’ Twin Cities Live and The Mary Hanson Show. She was a Twitter contributor for Dr. Phil and The Doctors TV shows.
Book Synopsis: Big families cultivate chaos. Mary Havens knows this all too well. One of twelve children, she grew up on a picturesque Wisconsin dairy farm. Holidays, graduations, marriages, and newborns filled the farmhouse with the light of laughter and hugs. But for Mary, the unspoken eclipsed that light. Unresolved grief, abuse, religious dogma, and secrets left her in the shadows, lost and alone. Her profound story is one of determination, survival, and the ability to rise above the fray. It is a story that will be too familiar to some and unfamiliar to others, but will pull at the heartstrings of everyone.
By Mary A. Havens