She grew up the second of sixteen children in the high desert of Southern California. But for Melissa, childhood was anything but fun in the sun. For as long as she can remember, she and her siblings were subject to harrowing physical, sexual, and emotional abuse by their own parents—a devastating betrayal by the people meant to love and care for them most.
In order to protect the family secret, the children were pulled out of school at an early age, and Melissa found herself in the role of caregiver and homeschooler to her brothers and sisters at just ten years old.
Powerless against the influence of her parents, named only as “Mother” and “Father,” she endured repeated violence, starvation, and isolation, while witnessing the worst of the punishments doled out to the family scapegoat—her younger brother Ronald.
Eleven Regrets is the true memoir of how one woman survived the nightmare of an abusive childhood despite seemingly impossible odds. Providing inspiration for all who suffer through life’s obstacles, Mel Anderson shares her story with candor, bravery, and hope, giving a voice to the innocent souls who weather the storm of childhood abuse.
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Mel Anderson is a foster parent and attorney, currently working toward her master’s degree in social work. She is a member of the ChildSafe financial advisory board, as well as a volunteer trainer for Child Advocates of San Antonio.
Anderson is the author of The Big Fib, a children’s book published through Shadow Mountain Publishing—and the personal memoir Eleven Regrets. She currently lives in San Antonio, Texas, with her husband and children.
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Book Description Little Bear Publications, 2015. Paperback. Book Condition: Very Good. Great condition with minimal wear, aging, or shelf wear. Bookseller Inventory # P020692415920