Last January I came across this book on Netgalley titled Standing Strong: An Unlikely Sisterhood and the Court Case That Made History by Diane Reeve. It sounded interesting and compelling, so I had to read it. I’d never heard Diane’s story before reading the book. You can see my review below along with some information about the author Diane Reeve.
Standing Strong by Diane Reeve had me captivated from beginning to end. The story is absolutely amazing, revealing, and well written.
I have to admit, I was so shocked as the story unraveled. It’s truly hard to believe that somebody could have the capabilities to be so destructive and cruel. Phillipe Padieu is that type of person. A monstrous person who simply cannot be trusted. What happens to Diane is a tragedy, but her courage prevails.
I admired that she explained statistics and helpful information in the book. Diane is unbelievably brave and now a prominent AIDS awareness advocate.
I’d like to thank Netgalley, the author, and publisher for a copy in exchange for an honest review.
Diane Reeve found everything she was looking for in the handsome Frenchman Philippe Padieu. Deeply in love, they spent every Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday together at his place or hers . . . that is, until she learned about his Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Sunday women.
But her heartbreak was just beginning. After discovering his cheating, she tested positive for HIV and learned that Philippe had knowingly infected her. Even more shocking was the sick reality that Philippe was deliberately infecting numerous women in their 20s through 60s, with little in common except their vulnerability. Despite plummeting t-cell numbers, Diane vowed to stop Philippe from victimizing anyone else. In a race against time, Diane knitted together a band of Philippe’s conquests. This sisterhood, bound by overwhelming emotional and physical pain, fought tirelessly to have him convicted in a landmark victory relying on new DNA science.
This is not just a story ripped from the headlines; it is one woman’s hard-won victory over a crushing experience and a frustrating judicial system–and her mission to help empower others to stand strong.
Diane Reeve has been called “the new face of HIV.” Her compelling, inspirational story has been viewed by millions, including Oprah and 20/20, and has been the subject of magazine and newspaper articles worldwide. Her efforts to bring a predator to justice while maintaining a support group of survivors spurred her to a life of HIV advocacy. As a 7th degree black belt, she lives female empowerment and is a popular motivational speaker on overcoming obstacles. She educates to reduce stigma and victim blaming.
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