Secrets Are Out Now: How a Girl Overcomes the World
by Crystal Rivers
Author Reputation Press

"Even though Crisy had a bad life, she never let it get the best of her."

This is the poignant, true story of a woman coming to terms with her life. Her birth mother gives her up for adoption after naming her Crystal. Adopted by a German couple, she has all the material things one could want, "But, there was still something missing in her life, parental love." The German couple calls her Suzie, and she proves to be a creative and intuitive child, but she feels lonely, and her older adoptive parents are emotionally unavailable. She grows into a beautiful woman, but her beauty draws unwanted attention from men. She is raped at sixteen, and she soon begins a career as a dancer, even landing a small role in the movie Porky's.

The author tells her story with openness and honesty. Her heartfelt writing reveals her life to have been a rollercoaster of men, marriages, children, and numerous moves. She discovers her salvation in her Native American spirituality and religion. She begins to attend meetings with the Jehovah's Witnesses, where she tries to put her life together.

This heartbreaking tale of a woman's search for identity is, at its core, a story of survival. Her candid chronicle of her life depicts one of struggle and disappointment, but, as she states in her book, "I am a survivor." And so, she is. She attempts to give her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren a good life, putting her family first. Through her trust and devotion to God, she finally pulls her life together, though she continues her search for a good and peaceful life. Readers will be astonished by Crystal's journey, but most of all by her perseverance. She never gives up on trying to better herself and finding the peace she so desires. This fascinating story of survival stays with readers long after the book is finished.

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