The Making of a Madam: A Memoir
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5 of 5 found the following review helpful:
Powerful Feb 12, 2009
By Emily M. Osburne
I planned to read one chapter of this book one night and I ended up reading through page 148. I could not put it down. The Making of a Madam is a powerful story, full of pain and grace. I recommend it to anyone boarding a plane - You will finish it by the end of the flight.
4 of 4 found the following review helpful:
A cover to cover fascinating read Sep 12, 2009
By Midwest Book Review
How does one get to the point where they are running a brothel? "The Making of a Madam" tells the story of Patsyann Maloney. Throughout her entire life, she was shown the most evil side of humanity and was led to believe that people only cared for her body. The story of what it's like to be driven to prostitution and running a brothel as a madam, "The Making of a Madam" is a cover to cover fascinating read.
6 of 7 found the following review helpful:
very impressive Jan 06, 2009
By R. Brozzart
This book takes you on a journey of one womans hardships as a child thru her adult life. I loved this book. The writing makes you feel as if you are right there witnessing everything in Patsyann's life. She is a wonderful woman. I have had the pleasure of meeting her. Its a must have book.
3 of 3 found the following review helpful:
Now I Understand Feb 21, 2010
By Ferree Hardy
How could anyone get into prostitution? Now I understand.
This memoir chronicles Patsyann's journey through childhood neglect, abuse, molestation and poverty, deeper and deeper into a vortex of desperate circumstances and poor choices.
Written with good dialogue, lively personality and colorful memory, Wayne Holmes also handles the sexual settings of the story unoffensively and with discretion.
The story of redemption is clear without being preachy; Patsyann honestly admits her wrong choices but also gives a clear picture of the abusive culture and failed social services that exposed her to such a life. It's quite clear as well, that her salvation experience and discipleship after release from prison were the main factors in her life-change.
This is a great book for learning about real life and a real God!
2 of 2 found the following review helpful:
A Transformed Life Feb 08, 2010
By Book Addict
This memoir, vividly chronicles the life of a sexual abuse survivor turned prostitute and ultimately brothel madam. It's easy to see how the circumstances of her childhood set a course for her multiple marriages and the criminal activity that lands her in a federal prison. The writing is stark, matter-of-fact and very accessible - a perfect way to tell this story without sentimentality. Throughout the book Patsy is searching for love, comfort and safety which she finally finds in her Savior. After that, she begins a healing journey that yields a series of restorations that hardly seem possible. But they are familiar to anyone who has allowed God to "mend the broken places." An excellent read. Hard to put down.
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