Books by Gail Huntley
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A Powerful Life Story
April 20, 2012


Blunt Force Winds by Gail Huntley is the unique life story of someone who was born the third child of five to a dairy farmer in Canton, New York, and grew up to forge her own path. From the very beginning, she tackles life head-on; "Life was a challenge from the start, and I loved it because I always won."

When her family decides to move off of the farm that she loves, her life is changed irrevocably. She finds herself in a world that is filled with cruelty and danger, which she escapes from in the woods. The powerful scenes depicting her father's alcohol-fueled rage will undoubtedly move readers.

Her adulthood is equally turbulent. At 18, she loses her virginity to Kenneth, who tells her that it is impossible to get pregnant the very first time; a few months later, she finds herself pregnant and married to him.

After her son, Ricky, witnesses Kenneth choking her, she vows "that this little boy would never witness such violence again." Her second husband, Stewart, has a temper as vitriolic as her father and her first husband and she soon finds herself in a similar situation, facing death. She must confront mortality, sobriety, and sanity guided only by "The Voice."

Despite the adversity that she has faced throughout her life, Gail Huntley remains positive; "Each day is the beginning of a new wonder. I jump out of bed, open the door, race down the steps and fly out the bee-lined path knowing I could be stung, living life to the fullest."

Blunt Force Winds takes readers on a journey through the author's life, the story of a survivor, whose willpower and determination helped her to overcome seemingly insurmountable odds time and again. This unique memoir will appeal to a broad range of readers with its inspirational message of triumph and survivorship.

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Inspiring
April 25, 2012

No matter what life threw at Gail, against all odds, with the Lord and perseverance she was able to overcome and conquer. Very inspiring.

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5.0 out of 5 stars
Perseverance, May 17, 2012
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This review is from: Blunt Force Winds (Paperback)
Blunt Force Winds is a look into the turbulent and passionate life of Gail Huntley. From her early childhood, growing up on a farm and then in the Adirondack Mountains in NY state, up to the present. The book is a shining example of how one person can endure so many issues in life to include addiction, physical and mental abuse and family problems and still persevere and make her life a success. I applaud Gail for reaching out and sharing her life story to show others that no matter what the obstacle you can turn things around, be successful and be happy.

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5.0 out of 5 stars
Great Inspiring Book!, May 20, 2012
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Lisa's Bookshelf -

This review is from: Blunt Force Winds (Paperback)
Not only was this a book about the inspiring author Gail Huntley, it kept me on the edge of my seat. During the reading of this book I felt sad, joyous, angry, and hopeful. This author brings about feelings in the reader. Great read!

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blunt force winds, May 21, 2012
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one of the best books ive ever read...you have a great talent...hope your future is blessed with many more books

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5.0 out of 5 stars Blunt Force Winds by Gail Huntley, May 23, 2012
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This is a very readable story about one woman's journey from surviving to thriving. It carries the reader on several levels. It is a very involving fast read, is of fresh and insightful writing, and has more thoughtful and literate layerings. It also contains some bits of interesting natural science and cultural history. Her writing is beautifully straightforward and sometimes brings juxtapositions in thought to a refreshing sit-right-up clarity. There is a presence throughout this book of the beautiful, steadily nurturing, and safely consistent backdrop of natural world rhythms and natural loves - this is starkly contrasted with a progression of happenings, blind spots, bindings, people's machinations and self-propulsion, building to a chaos breaking point. Like a fast paced spinning mosaic mirrored ball compounding ever increasing dark and light life experience, in growing dark measure, she comes to an inevitable do or die choice point; she shifts toward freedom. She moves into a life of sanity, reliable substance, creatively living in meaningful relationship with others and her understanding of a higher power. The fullness of life she had so sought is finally and broadly realized in this last quarter of the book. Essentially, this story provides a dramatic rendering of the life of a woman discovering and facing truths and untruths, surviving and then finding so much more. Good book.

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