February 27, 2012 03:40 PM by Shayla Perry
Congratulations to The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills‘ Taylor Armstrong. Though her Bravo co-star, Brandi Glanville, thought it was way too soon for the widower to pen a book about the domestic violence she suffered at the hands of her late husband, Russell Armstrong, the fans seem to disagree. Hiding From Reality has made its way on to not one, but two bestseller lists.
“Hiding From Reality is doing its job: to take domestic abuse out of the shadows and shine the light of awareness on this national tragedy,” Taylor Armstrong says in response to the news that her book graced both the New York Times and USA Today Bestseller Lists. “I wrote the book to show victims a way forward and the courage to take the first steps out of their own nightmares.”
For Armstrong, the way forward includes dealing with the financial troubles Russell left behind upon committing suicide last summer.
“He left me with a mess,” Taylor tells The Boston Herald. “I think the most scary thing for women is not feeling as though they can take care of themselves when they leave. And for me that was my biggest fear all along… I get through every day. And every month I pay my bills and Kennedy goes to school and all those things I feared really aren’t that scary. I want women to see through my journey that you can leave, you can succeed.”
Next, Taylor’s taking her mission on the road, embarking on a national speaking tour where she’ll talk about her personal experience with domestic violence at women’s shelters, colleges and universities, and corporate work places throughout the country.
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