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If there's a book that you want to read, but it hasn't been written yet, then you must write it.” - Toni Morrison I have been asked many times WHY on Earth I decided to write a book, I mean who does that?? There is no short answer to that question, but I will begin by saying that when I was going through any one my many heartbreaks, or even at the beginning of one of my new relationships, I often scrambled in search of a book in which I could find hope, solace, advice, and basically reassurance that it was all going to be Ok, but that book didn’t exist.. until now. -Krystal Kolnik
I think it’s safe to say that all the relationships I had before finding myself were co-dependent ones. But I had to learn that ultimately the greatest love of all is the love for oneself, and before reaching that point, I couldn't really expect anyone to genuinely love me. My story is filled with truisms and the kind of advice I would have liked to have read when I was going through any one of my break-ups...or honeymoon periods for that matter.
If you can imagine it, Krystal has experienced it. If you’ve ever wondered what an abusive relationship truly feels like, Krystal can tell you. If you’re curious as to what a true survivor looks like, take a good long look at Krystal–her life is a testament of dedication, overcoming the worst of the worst in relationships, and learning from one’s mistakes. When Krystal finds Pete, she believes she has found forever. She could never have foreseen that the world into which she would bring her children would be one in which their father would make their lives a living hell. Krystal Kolnik’s Lessons From Frogs I’ve Kissed is one of the most heart-wrenching stories of love and loss I have ever read. The strength it takes Krystal to simply live from day to day in the presence of such a dismissive and disloyal husband is completely stunning. As I read page after page filled with descriptions of her husband’s indiscretions and manic outbursts, my heart ached and I was filled with a rage of my own. Krystal’s willingness to open her heart and spill her experiences for the world to read is beyond admirable. More than that, her story resonates with both men and women across the globe. Abusive relationships of one type or another are, sadly, a common occurrence. Readers who are desperately seeking validation will see themselves mirrored in the way Krystal is drawn back to Pete time and time again as his hollow promises are broken one after another–so goes the life of a victim of domestic abuse. From Krystal’s own struggle to believe or not to believe Pete to her family and friends’ choice to conceal their own knowledge of Pete’s ongoing affairs, the author details each and every crushing blow before calmly describing the ease with which Pete is able to slide from his duties as a father and husband into the life he prefers as a sleazy cheater and abusive sociopath. Without having to present him as an actual character, Krystal succeeds in giving readers an antagonist worthy of all the hatred they can muster. Krystal details the day-to-day struggles of being a single parent wanting to date in today’s world. Her descriptions of her young daughter’s vision of her father are almost too much to bear. Her recollections of his tantrums and abuse make my stomach turn. Krystal and her children have lived through more than their share of hard days and deserve all the good times life now has to offer. Relationship after relationship, Krystal lays it all out on the line and goes for broke. Time after time, she is met with adversity. She does a wonderful job of making readers feel her pain and frustration–her descriptions of online dating are relatable in every way. This is easily one of the most engaging stories I have read in years. Krystal’s mistakes become her lessons and, in turn, become the reader’s as well. Were it not for authors like Krystal, many of us would continue to feel alone in our frustration and misery. Krystal opens the door for communication. For that, I am grateful.Thomas: Litrary Titan |
This is one of the most honest, soul bearing and cringe worthy books I have ever read! It must have taken so much courage to write about your own experiences in love and brutally exposing yourself to the world. I think in today's digital world this book will come a a welcome nurturer and assist so many woman going through the same thing. (I am sure there are some lessons for the guys too!) At first it was hard to identify with the author as I myself had found my prince at age 19, and still happily married after 22 years together. But later I was cursing the men that brought out the worst in us and face-planting myself when the author shared some of the things she herself did. "Don't do it!" and "Get out of there" echoed in my home. The Lessons from the frogs she kissed is very relatable and also got me thinking, exploring and implementing strategies in my relationship for improved communication. Thank you for sharing your story with us! Do yourself a favour and spend some time with this great book!Lindi Brougham-CookEstate Agent
Absolutely loved this book. Very well written. Easy to read. Many colourful characters. Great humour and insight to balance the more challenging parts. This book is a must read. It has the potential to help a lot of people navigate their way out of unhealthy relationship patterns.Nina BothmaHealer
A must read. I saw myself in many instances and could totally relate. This author has made herself vulnerable and she is honest, whilst giving us hope that we can grow and change. I couldn't stop reading it.Glenis Inglesby Du ToitPA/PRO at Helen Keller Society (NPO 000-253)