Book Details:

Book Title:  On The Edge of Shattered: A Mother’s Experience of Discovering Freedom Through Sobriety by Kimberly Kearns
Category:  Adult Non-Fiction (18+),  252 pages
Genre: Non-Fiction, Memoir, Self-Help
Publisher:  Glass Spider Publishing
Release date:  November  2022
Content Rating:  PG-13 + M: Intended for adults only, contains information on alcoholism     
Book Description:

Before she stopped drinking for good, Kim was lying to herself and everyone she knew about her daily habit—sneaking morning sips of vodka behind her husband’s back, emptying bottles of wine and hiding the evidence from her family, and convincing herself that nothing was wrong and everything was under control. Until she realized that it wasn’t, and that her dishonesty could cost her everything she loved. What would happen to her marriage if things continued in this way? And how could she be a mother to her young children if she remained trapped in this cycle of abuse? Deciding she had to make a change, Kim threw herself into a new life of sobriety seven months into the Covid-19 pandemic. But only after severing the chains of bondage did she realize how much work there was still to do. Opening the doors to buried memories and past traumas was only the beginning. Throughout her journey to sobriety, Kim would come to terms with the secrets and lies told by her parents and loved ones, allowing her a clarity and freedom she never before thought possible.
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Guest Post
What is your favorite travel spot?
My favorite place to travel to is Bermuda. Aside from its charming landscape of multicolored homes and white rooftops, incredible pink sand beaches and beautiful turquoise blue waters, it holds a special place in my heart. I write a lot about Bermuda and its many meanings in my book, On the Edge of Shattered.

I have been coming to the island of Bermuda since I was a little girl. As a family, we went nearly every summer. My sisters and I looked forward to this as our end of school trip, but unfortunately, we stopped coming once my parents got divorced when I was eighteen years old.

I went back to visit Bermuda again as an adult, and it was a bittersweet experience. I went twice with Evan when we were married. We flew there once when I was pregnant with Brayden and then another time for our ten year anniversary. Both times, I enjoyed seeing how the island had changed since I was a little girl, and I liked showing Evan all of my favorite beaches and attractions. I was filled with an incredible amount of nostalgia and sadness though, and I immediately felt the need to replace what was lost and what once existed with brand new memories. I wanted to recreate what I had as a little girl and try to do it again, but better.

That was over ten years ago, back when I was still quite reliant on alcohol. So much has changed since then. And I have learned a great deal about myself and my past since those trips to the island.

We have often talked about going back to Bermuda with all three kids, but we have not been able to do so. We had a trip planned and flights booked during August of 2020, but the island was closed to all tourists due to Covid. So, we canceled our trip.

I believe, since I was not yet sober, that was the island’s way of telling me it wasn’t ready to have me back. Maybe the island wanted me to be sober before I could return to it. I stopped drinking only a few months later. I have done a lot of growing in the last few years, so perhaps, it is time for me to return. I hope we all can find somewhere that holds as much beauty and as many happy memories as that island does for me. Even the difficult echoes of my past show me all that I have learned and what not to take for granted in the future.


Meet the Author:

Kimberly Kearns is a wife to an incredible husband and a mother to three beautiful children. She currently lives in Need-ham, Massachusetts. She continues to tell her story of sobriety and inspire others every day on her blog at kimberlykearns.com, and through her Instagram account @asoberandstrongmom. Kimberly co-hosts the podcast The Weekend Sober and is a writer for the Webby Award-winning narrative podcast F*cking Sober: The First 90 Days. Writing has always been an escape for Kimberly, even as a little girl. Being able to express herself in words and getting lost in her imagination has served as a source of comfort to her as far back as she can remember. 

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