My Novel

I have written my first novel, my own story. The title: No Fourth River

A novel, based on a true story. A profoundly moving read about a woman’s fight for survival.

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No Fourth River BLURB:

Electroshock therapy, child abuse and modern-day slavery… just another day in Christine’s life.

Take a heart-wrenching yet inspiring ride through one woman’s incredible journey that is so compelling that you are simultaneously trying to look away and unable to stop yourself from reading on.

Christine’s father is a wealthy, tyrannical man renowned in the diamond business. At the age of just five, little Christine is cast aside into a boarding school where she is ridiculed for two embarrassing problems. She grows up in a never-ending circle of traumatic experiences both in her boarding school and at home. It culminates into a falling out between father and child that was never fully mended, leading her into a world of promiscuity and alcohol, eventually landing her in a violent marriage.

Driven to the limits of despair and heartache, she creates a plan to escape her world of misery. Will her plan work?

A story that asks: How do you find the strength, when you suffer almost unbearable abuse and are broken beyond repair, to pick up the pieces of a shattered life?

No Fourth River REVIEWS:

I can conclude that readers love my novel No Fourth River as there are plenty of 4 and 5 star reviews on Amazon UK, Amazon USA, Goodreads and other websites. Thank you to all people who have left a review.

Powerful stuff

This is powerful stuff. I like your frank, no excuses yet no shame writing style. It’s rare to find a script that actually has me thinking about it later. A story that strikes at a visceral level and latches onto the brain like a tick… now that’s good writing.

Richard Peters 10  November 2017 – Editor

I was impressed

Honestly….I was really quite impressed. You have a from-the-heart tale that resonates. This novel is very well written, a real page turner. It’s inspirational and it keeps you on the edge of your seat.

Amanda Rogers 15 November 2017 – Proofreader

Gripping, inspiring, harrowing and uplifting.

A real page-turner of a book. A true story of survival and triumph. Intensely honest, powerful and well written. Physical and sexual abuse, deceit, family betrayal, promiscuity, fear and loathing. Under the glittering surface of the diamond trade darkness and despair lies. An inspiring journey from shame and brutality to triumph and success. I highly recommend reading this book.S

David 29 November 2017  on

I was not disappointed

This book was recommended to me, I have to say when I read the synopsis I was quite intrigued, mostly by how does this story ends; does Christine (the protagonist) really escape this life? What happens to her?
I was not disappointed as the story certainly delivered, approximately half of the novel is about Christine’s life as a young woman where she finds her courage, created financial stability and most importantly for soppy hearts like me- she found love.

Sandra 30 November 2017 on

From hell to heaven

I’ve read many personal histories in my life. Mostly about valiant women who have survived horrors that you only see in Hollywood movies. But, this is not horror, this is real. An unloved young girl loses everything and has to overcome the worst that life can throw to have the very best in life in the end. From Hell to Heaven, No Fourth River offers you the keys to Christine’s success.  HINT: No luck involved. I could taste the blood …. it was that real..

Jay C. Polmar 2December 2017 on – Mexico


Inspiring book! Well written. Couldn’t stop reading. Recommended.

Anna Roberts 3 December 2017 on

You won’t want to put this down!

From the very moment I began reading No Fourth River, I was hooked. The fact that this is a true story makes it that much better. The hardships that Christine faced in her lifetime are almost impossible to imagine, but being a part of her journey in this compelling life story really makes you feel like you are there in the moment with her. Christine has a unique way of telling her story that captivates the reader to the very last word. I look forward to reading it again!

Amanda 4 December 2017 on

No Fourth River

I enjoyed this book No Forth River very much. Full of emotion, struggle, fight & strength.
A true story of one woman’s struggle. The harsh realities of how we as human being can be so distructive, not only to ourselves but each other. How we as human beings have the ability to survive and how sheer willpower, self belief, hard work and love can give us strength.
I felt I was on the journey with the main character, I shared her pain and enjoyed her triumphs.
This book has made me think about my own life journey, so far, “my story”.
It has, I believe inspired me to continue to achieve my own goals in life. Specially in those moments of doubt. I will remind myself of this story and what can be achieved, if you really put the effort in.

Andrew McNab 6 December 2017  on

Riveting Read! Eye-opening and inspiring.

The harrowing tale of a woman’s journey surviving shocking abuse. On my bookshelf to read again.
I finished this book within 2 days, simply because I needed to know how it all ends for Christine!
It is one of those books that sucks you in and you live through Christine’s story along with her. The writing is immaculate.
I will not include any spoilers, but let me tell you that although what happens in the beginning riles up negative emotions, like anger and shock, it gives the 2nd half of the book even more impact.
You do want to finish this book, because the author does not just share her story, she shares the reasons and lessons from her story.

Zee Sharp 7 December 2017 on and

A True Life, Riveting Story

For the record: I do not know Christine personally, we just recently became acquainted via our respective businesses and I was interested in her story and book. This is an unbiased review.
I was asked to produce a video trailer for this book and during the process, came across headlining terms such as “abused, disfigured little girl”, “brutal marriage”, “promiscuity”, etc. It sounded quite intense, like it almost had to be a fictional drama. Instead, it is indeed a true story, one that leaves you a bit stunned at the happenings in Christine’s early life. Her father is, quite simply, a monster, and the abuse she endures is vicious. She describes very specific incidents not in a “woe is me” way, but more analytically, and that’s a great approach. The facts are the facts, and it’s up to us, the reader, to respond in our own way.
I was most taken by the way Christine somehow found she had enough ambition and determination to push herself into a successful career and several businesses. This really struck me because through her mid-twenties, she’d experienced nothing but grief and torment. Her rise to prominence truly is inspiring.

Barr 26 12 December 2017 on and

A thought-provoking, honest, inspirational book which teaches many lessons to all who want to learn

What a revelation of a book! The first thing I noticed was Christine’s focus on sharing her life’s lessons. So the focus is on the reader straight away. And for sure – there are so many lessons to learn… It is a very honest account of a woman’s will to not only survive but thrive – despite the deeply unfortunate and often distressing circumstances she was born into and had been through in her life.
No child should experience lack of love, isolation and outright abuse. And no adult either. It requires a lot of willpower and a simple will to live in order to get out of this horrific cycle even once. Christine has been through three of them (hence the title of the book I believe). Not only has she survived, but has become a very successful self-made entrepreneur and a recognised author.
I have learned so much for myself from “No Fourth River”! It makes me ask myself – if Christine has overcome so much adversity and has made her life a success in every sense, whatever on Earth can stop me? I cannot recommend this book highly enough to anyone who feels they are a victim of circumstances, since victimood keeps us stuck in life. The goal of this book is to inspire and show that you too can break the cycle of misfortune and rise above anything that holds you back.

Pure Nature Cures 12 December 2017 on

I loved this book

I loved this book. A real page turner. Well written and immensely powerful. A harrowing read of a girl’s struggle through life who, with grit and determination, becomes a successful business woman and much loved wife and mother. An uplifting read who has incredible dark times but overcomes her life to live a fruitful and happy life!

Amazon Customer 14 December 2017 on

Courageous and inspiring

Here is a superbly inspiring work of courage and honesty. This book contains the deeply moving account of one person’s journey in life through profound difficulties in order to find, to unlock and to set free their true self and potential. In a searingly personal description the author does not spare herself as she paints the clearest of pictures of what happened, and of those who played their parts, for better or for worse – herself included.

This is a book that you won’t forget when you’ve read it, and, in my own case, is a book that I shall read again and reference as I do so, such is Christine’s power of mapping out what can ultimately be achieved in life, no matter what adversity you face. I really cannot recommend highly enough this account of triumph in the face of immense obstacles that really would have stopped most people, and for anyone who wishes to shine a light on their own path and be guided towards a better tomorrow, Christine can become their guiding light. It takes a very brave and special person to step out into the open and declare before all their deepest secrets and weaknesses, but at the same time, to offer a helping hand to all who would wish to walk along the same path towards the kind of successes in life that Christine has achieved. Do not let this book pass you by – I am hugely pleased and grateful that I have found and read it. I thank you Christine. I salute you.

jonmichael 16 December 2017 on

An entertaining and educational read you will not be able to put down

I was sent this book as a gift and it arrived at a very busy point in my life. For a week or so, I could not even open the envelope. Then something very unusual happened. Despite my hectic schedule, once I started to read, I could not put down this incredible story, however hectic was my life Christine engages the reader’s attention from the very first page, with the mysterious title. I do not wish to give away too much of the twists and turns of this incredibly undulating tale but let me say that it’s one heck of a great read. It is well written, gripping, sad, harrowing and triumphantly victorious all in one.

The description on each page is piercingly graphic, so as you witness some scenes, you feel as though you wish you could leap inside the pages to defend its innocent victims – but you can’t and so you watch from the sidelines as your admiration for the heroine author grows. As the book progresses, the brave character of the writer starts to touch your heart and by the time the book comes to an end, you feel as if you are saying goodbye to a wonderful, courageous friend whom you wish to hug with great warmth.

This is a fantastic book to read while travelling, which would make any journey fly by and you may miss your stop! However, it is also an educational tome in that there are lessons along the way which would be of benefit to anyone who has to face major challenges and needs encouragement and inspiration. I am giving it five stars because this book is a first-class document which is not only entertaining but also dynamically tutorial. It should be prescribed reading for everyone over the age of fifteen. There is wisdom at the end of each tale like a light at the end of every tunnel. Highly recommended – buy it for anyone you know who feels isolated and unloved to show how the biggest heartbreaks can be the foundations to making a fantastic heroine or hero.

M. Motivates 16 December 2017 on

Moving and inspiring

The emotional and physical abuse endured by the writer is truly harrowing and I found reading some sections hard. However, this book very quickly draws you in and keeps you at Christine’s side. I needed to know not only what happened but how she survived the massive damage done by those who should have loved and nurtured her. This is a truly inspiring survivor’s tale and the book is remarkable in terms of its honesty and its total lack of self-pity or sentimentality. An absorbing and worth-while read that vividly illustrates the deep and astonishing healing qualities of real, true love!

Selwyn Adelson 16 December 2017 on

Who learns to love and trust again

This a page turner of a book. So well written and gripping it was so difficult to put down. The book takes you on a journey of heart break and sorrow of a frightened, bullied little girl who finds the strength from within and grows into a strong indepedent woman, who learns to love and trust again. Brilliant book, highly recommended.

Sue 17 December 2017 on

A truly inspiring and authentically written book

What a truly inspiring and empowering read! I read this book in two days I couldn’t put it down. Christine’s story resonated with me on many levels, especially in the way she was able to move beyond her past and become a successful woman despite everything.

Christine shows you that with faith and belief the the impossible is possible and that we can move forward despite the happenings of life. She truly is an inspiration and her story not only reads as a novel, but also is intertwined with solid advice and suggestions on how to get from where you are to where you want to be. She is a pillar of hope, of true determination and persistence and imparts the same on her readers. A fantastic book, which I can highly recommend to anyone who is tied in their past or current situation – you can make that decision. You can move beyond your fears and perceived limitations. Christine Clayfield shows you that yes, you can!

Dina Blanco 19 December 2017 on

A fascinating book which plumbs the depths of despair

A fascinating book which plumbs the depths of despair for young woman, brought up in a family with the tyrannical father. I found the first part book quite depressing, and I have no idea how she put up with the torments heaped upon, by her father. However, gradually get to understand the father and the family and its success she makes out of her life, against all the odds.

Mr. A Youens 19 December 2017 on

Just have to share this book with you all as I know you’ll love it!

No Fourth River by Christine Clayfield. What a truly inspiring and empowering read! I read this book in two days I couldn’t put it down. Christine’s story resonated with me on many levels, especially in the way she was able to move beyond her past and become a successful woman despite everything.

Christine shows you that with faith and belief the impossible is possible and that we can move forward despite the happenings of life. She truly is an inspiration and her story not only reads as a novel, but also is intertwined with solid advice and suggestions on how to get from where you are to where you want to be.

She is a pillar of hope, of true determination and persistence and imparts the same on her readers. A fantastic book, which I can highly recommend to anyone who is tied in their past or current situation – you can make that decision. You can move beyond your fears and perceived limitations. Christine Clayfield shows you that yes, you can!

Lessons-in Self 19 December 2017 on Facebook

Fantastic and Compelling Read

I’m only about two-thirds of the way through this book, but I just had to go ahead and review it.
I’ve loved it so far. It’s rather heart-breaking, but I have a feeling that the resolution will be quite cathartic. The story chronicles the struggles of a young girl who is faced with unthinkable challenges and trials, yet somehow manages to keep putting one foot in front of the other in particularly admirable fashion.
But, unlike many other, similar stories, which often feel trite, this book takes a fresh approach to the “Overcoming the Monster” story archetype, and it has completely sucked me in. I find myself thinking about her experiences when driving or just daydreaming – it’s pretty infectious. You’ll feel a sense of dread every time one of the antagonists appears (I don’t want to spoil anything and tell you which one), and you’ll silently cheer for every victory Christine enjoys. And though the book is largely serious and somber, there are a few small moments of levity to help prevent reader fatigue.
The writing is crisp and clear, and, if you’ll forgive the cliché, it is quite a page-turner. I highly recommend it.

Amazon Customer 29 December 2017 on

Poignant, moving read.

No Fourth River is a poignant, moving read that made me feel a lot of host of different emotions. This moving piece of literature may be hard-hitting at times, but it is an essential read because it will make the reader aware, and shed light on a subject and happenings that not too many people think about. That is why already I have to implore you lovely readers to read this moving book; it is beautiful, heart-breaking and touching all at the same time, and you will not be disappointed if you read it.

No Fourth River chronicles the life and struggles of a young girl who faces unspeakable acts, crimes, tribulations and many more things. It is, however, a powerfully moving book that will be an inspiration to many people and so, I would already implore you wonderful readers to read this incredible book.

Christine Clayfield has written her story in a way which speaks to the reader. At the core of her story, told in a novelized way,  is the tone of refusing to be a victim and that there is hope, even after a traumatic period. Her inspiring words and lessons laced throughout have made me want to be a better human being… I love when a book makes me feel this way. I love feeling inspired and wanting to be a better human, so again, I applaud Clayfield for her talent to reach me, and hopefully the rest of her readers to feel this way.

Clayfield is a fantastic writer, and I was impressed by the high quality of her words, she has poured her heart and soul into her book, and has been so open. I admire her for this and her message of hope which is prominent throughout her book. Clayfield is a good human being… the world may be full of terrible people but if there are more people like Clayfield then the world would be ok. Her words were eloquent as well as poignant; she knows how to evoke feelings/emotions in the reader as she took me on a roller coaster of emotions. She is a talented author and a well-accomplished woman, and so I can’t help but adore her!

To conclude my thoughts on this sensational book, I would say if you are looking to read a beautiful, moving, elegantly written memoir that will entertain you then this wonderful book is for you! This book gets Five Stars! 2 January 2018

Extremely Inspirational

If this book doesn’t inspire the people who read it to try and aim for better things in life, then I don’t know of one that will. From being at the her lowest ebb Christine has fought her way back to true acumen and beyond.

Pete Richards 3 January 2018 on

An Amazing Testament of Accomplishment Despite Adversity

I read this book in two days. It was so compelling that despite how disturbing it was, I could not put it down. As shocking, frightening and sad as this author’s accounting of her early years were, this book was both terrifying and inspirational and an impressive tribute to the strength and determination that she fought through to positively transform her life. Reading this book could greatly benefit and empower women (or anyone in an abusive situation) everywhere.

I was left with the message that despite how many of us have suffered untold atrocities that we’d rather not think about, we all have the power to choose to accomplish anything and truly create the life of our dreams.  

Boris 3 January 2018 on (Australia)

A heartbreaking yet inspirational read

Whilst at times it was a harrowing read I also found myself not wanting to put it down. Christine describes a terrible childhood characterised by bullying and abuse from both her father at home and at the boarding school she was sent to at a young age followed by a life of promiscuity and alcohol. This is a story of moving away from your past and finding happiness and shows that you can turn your life around and find success no matter how hard your start in life is. It is a truly heartbreaking yet inspirational story.

DramaQueen 8 January 2018 on

This book certainly delivers!

I started reading this book and completed it within a week, I was gripped from the first chapter and could not put it down.
Christine tells the story of her childhood growing up with a very strict father and enduring a life of physical and mental abuse from early life through to adulthood. Although very hard to read at times due to the nature of the story unfolding it becomes a journey of one woman’s fight for survival against the life she has endured, through to the turn around of love and passion and then pure determination to succeed.
This brilliantly written book leaves you feeling truly inspired and motivated that whatever walk of life you come from and however hard things are you can get through it and go on to a better life. I really enjoyed this book and will certainly be reading it again!

Sheila 9 January 2018 on

Inspirational read

An amazing story of heart, courage and one woman’s determination to bettering herself. From the horrors of her youth with her father and boarding school to her quest to make something of her life. Very well written and before you know it you’ve finished the book wanting more.

K Reid 11 January 2018 on

I will be gifting this book to people in my life that I care about because if someone like Christine is able to thrive…

Christine has been my role model for a long time – as a brilliant businesswoman, as well as the human being behind that brilliant business head. For the longest time, I’ve been breaking my head over the question “How can I learn more about this women? How did she become who she is today?”. I had no idea that my secret wish to know Christine more was about to be fulfilled fairly soon! This book has not disappointed me – from an artistic or human perspective. I had so much respect for Christine, to begin with, but after reading her story…I think I’m in love with this remarkable woman!

Tati C. 20 January 2018

Quite a refreshing approach that is entirely selfless.

Heart wrenching at first but, you soon learn that little Christine grows into a woman with an iron will.

Quite effectively this book is divided into two, the first section follows Christine’s childhood and early teens, while the second half focuses on the adult.

Some of the things she shares seem unreal and it brings out anger and a desire to protect an innocent child.

What is encouraging and unlike other books in the same genre is how the author, Christine herself uses this book and the story of her life to give hope. It is not enough that she shared her story; she endeavours to empower the reader. It is quite a refreshing approach that is entirely selfless. The end section is full of encouraging lessons and advice so for the reader, whether you are a victim of violence and abuse yourself or not.

This enticed my curiosity about Christine, the author and I find that she has spend a lot of years, teaching and empowering entrepreneurs to ‘take control of their finances’. So it is obvious that this lady has dedicated a big part of her life to better the lives of others.

CarolineS 22 January 2018 on

Great read!

I found the book captivating, even though the first 26 years of the author’s life was tumultuous I was hooked wanting to see how it all ended. It’s a harrowing and gripping tale of a young woman’s battle for survival in an hostile environment.
First her father and then her husband would be her tormentor. How she managed to pick her self up despite all the horrendous happenings is a testimony to the author’s courage and determination.
I would definitely recommend reading this, as in the end it gives the authors messages on how to lead a successful life which i found extremely useful.

RS 22 January 2018 on

What this painful story can teach you.

My hobbies include reading books and novels. I’m a picky person and I take time to research before buying a book. I heard about this book from a group of online friends and I was curious to know what this book holds.

I truly loved the storyline, plus, the author made it more interesting by using her own writing style. It’s an inspirational story to pick you up. Even I was exposed to child abuse while I was young, but, I never had the courage to raise my voice.

No Fourth River was truly heart-breaking, yet, a truly inspiring story. I’d recommend you read it, it won’t disappoint your expectations.

S Houston 21 and 23 January 2018 on and  Sheena Macleod on


Wow. From the moment I started reading this novel, I became engrossed in Christine Clayfield’s story. I found it hard to put this book down and finished it in three sittings. Although the content of the early years recounts a painful time, Christine is no victim of her past. Indeed, with fortitude and extreme courage she fights back to reclaim her life as an independent and strong woman. I couldn’t help but admire her inner-strength as she battled, sometimes against the odds, to survive and grow.

Her story is truly inspirational. A must read for anyone struggling to break free from a difficult past, or for anyone who just enjoys a great read.  No Fourth River is one of those rare books that will stay with you long after you finish reading.

24 January 2018

A book that absorbs its reader

A truly shocking life story that captivates its reader from the very first moment you start reading it. Besides a powerful and emotional story it has an easily understandable and readable language style studded full with interesting expressions speaking from a not native English speaker’s point of view. I highly recommend reading the book.

Beata 29 January 2018 on

Touches souls and changes lives

No Fourth River touches souls and changes lives. I was very impressed with what I found in the book, and it really helped me see the light at the end of the tunnel. I think this is a must on everybody’s shelf.

MorganMcGinnis 1 February 2018 MorganMcGinnis


This is not the first time I’ve read a true story of a woman’s triumph over the baggage she’s been forced to endure, and it probably won’t be the last.

It took me longer for me to read this book than I’d anticipated. Why? Because with the strings of my heart being pulled because of this author’s writing, I could somehow sense she wants someone’s hand to hold as she endures the horrors of what has been her life. For some reason I wish I could turn off the picture running in my mind, but I kept on reading this book page after page after page.

One would think coming from a wealthy family she’d have a childhood any child only dreams of having; but the reality had been it wasn’t. Packed off to a boarding school is where her family had sent, only to find there a traumatic, hostile environment along with the one she suffered at home with; which caused her to become sort of a renegade against the life she so far had been forced to endure.

As a renegade her life now consisted of deviant sexual behavior and free flowing alcohol, a lifestyle we can easily expect would lead to her falling in love with the wrong kind of guy and marrying him; which is precisely what had happened to her. There’s no need for me to go into any details here, for you can just imagine what he did to her.

It was only when she found herself committed to ending the unbelievable despair that she’s been living in and to pull herself out of it by the bootstraps that I heard Gloria Gaynor’s song “I Will Survive” playing in my mind. [Listen to this song on YouTube is see what I mean]

“Oh no, not I, I will survive
Oh, as long as I know how to love, I know I’ll stay alive
I’ve got all my life to live
And I’ve got all my love to give and I’ll survive
I will survive.”

Apparently, her plan to survive has succeeded, just look at who she’s become. And this, her story, could serve as an example of what can happen when someone possesses a lot of willpower and perseverance to overcome the adversities in their lives. And for allowing her readers to share what she had to endure, I happy to give this book’s author, Christine Clayfield, 5 STARS.

Robin Morgan 2 February 2018 on and and

This was a powerful book!

Since this is based on a true story it is a little difficult to cover “characters” and “plot.” Instead I’ll speak to the book a whole. It was touching and inspirational. There were parts that were difficult to read because of their content. I could tell the author was pouring directly from her soul as she recalled her childhood trauma. Her family was vividly detailed. When I read the part about why she named the book “The Fourth River” I was totally sucked in.

Following Christine on her turbulent journey at its heart about making choices and the power to control your destiny. It was about a terrible childhood, yes, but more than that it was about her journey to find herself and grow into the person she was always capable of being. The love story in the second half of the book was amazingly touching. The only downside to this book was there was an excess of content and repetition, both likely due to the fact that it was the author telling her story This was a powerful book. For those who ever feel like they are trapped by their circumstances will hear this author’s battle cry.

K.T. Munson 2 February 2018 on, (Kindle) and

An Insightful look At Being Raised By A Narcissist

Written from the heart, “Fourth River” made me feel as though Christine was sitting beside me for several hours, telling me the most intimate details of her dramatic life story. What I appreciated most was that it was such an insightful look at being raised by a narcissist.

You might think coming from a wealthy family might help in such circumstances, but being raised by someone who no only lacks the ability to care for others but seeks to annihilate their worth at every turn is viscerally upsetting in any scenario. The memory of watching her mother walk home five kilometers beside a car driven by her drunk father, who throws her out for protesting his inability to drive the family home safely particular stands out as a poignant moment that encapsulates the fact that it was not only Christine, but her mother and brothers who suffered from being raised by a tyrant.

One of my favorite quotes from the book is this: “Shame is a funny thing. It stretches across your heart and keeps you from the experiences that might reignite the spark to make you happy again.” Another is, “One kind of abuse does not remove the pain of another, especially when you are plunged back into it like a seedling drowned in water.”

For anyone who has had a narcissist in their life (and hopefully disconnected with them to save their sanity), this is a deeply moving look at how those who suffer manage to survive and, in Christine’s case, ultimately thrive.

2 and 5 February 2018 Wyborn Senna on and

A chilling, inspirational, and enlightening reminder that we control our destiny

Like Christine, I have had a traumatic childhood. When one is so affected by his or her past and continues to deal with the consequences, it is hard to realize that there may be other people who have dealt with just as many obstacles. Heartache comes in many forms.

This book was enlightening and inspirational. There were moments where I found myself in complete desperation, wanting to remove Christine from her surroundings, wanting to shake her and tell her “enough is enough.” When that realization finally come to her, on her own, it immediately brought tears to my eyes. We are all the authors of our own book, and we all have those loved ones that sometimes want to shake us and make everything better for us, but we have to do that on our own.

On a flight I recently had, I was reading this book. I went through about 150 pages in an hour on the flight. When I finally closed the book as we prepared for landing, the girl next to me on the plane tapped me on the shoulder and told me she had been reading over my shoulder, and she was now invested in the future of Christine.

The good news for her is that the future turned out quite bright.  I feel a rush of endless motivation to achieve my own goals after finishing this book, and I know if you read it, you will too.

Rosa Sifuentes 11 February 2018 on

I cannot find anything I dislike about this book

No Fourth River is a novel by Christine Clayfield. Told in the first-person perspective, this story incorporates many themes including abuse, survival, challenges and, ultimately, personal growth. The author, who today is a successful businesswoman, felt inspired to write this book in the hope that she could offer some guidance and inspiration to others by sharing her life story. Perfectly described as ‘creative non-fiction’, this book blends factual life events with the writing style of a fictional novel. This makes the story both easy to read and engaging while imparting some inspiring and motivational messages.
No Fourth River starts with Christine receiving a call from her brother. Upon hearing that her mother is gravely unwell and in an induced coma, Christine rushes to the hospital to be by her mother’s side. While keeping vigil, Christine finds herself having flashbacks to her youth. The ensuing recollections take the reader on a journey through Christine’s life, from the age of five to the present.
Growing up with a physically abusive father, and then sent to boarding school where she is the subject of further bullying and intimidation, Christine longs to escape her life. Happiness is a concept she wants to experience since she had no idea what that emotion feels like. The hostile environment Christine is raised in is all that she knows and, therefore, considers this ‘normal’. To make matters even more difficult, Christine’s internally harboured stress sees her develop an embarrassing psychosomatic condition. In an attempt to cure this affliction, Christine’s parents then subject her to some barbaric medical treatments. Over the years, Christine transforms from a timid child into a rebellious teenager. With no money to her name and low self-esteem, Christine sets out to start a new life. Unfortunately, she finds herself in another abusive relationship; this time the victim of her husband’s violent temper. At what point does a person say, ‘Enough is enough’ and take that first step towards freedom and control over their life?
Christine finally reaches that point. Determined not to be a victim of her past, and even more resolute on breaking the destructive cycle of revictimisation, Christine starts the slow journey to self-discovery. In doing this, she teaches the reader the power of goal-setting, seeking opportunities, identifying unmet needs and, most importantly, believing in yourself and your ability to achieve things. Christine demonstrates the value of these life lessons in both a personal and business sense, making this book a valuable tool for multiple users.
I can not find anything I dislike about this book, however, there are several aspects of this novel I really appreciate. The way the book is compiled is quite unique. Firstly, unlike many stories about surviving abuse, I feel this book covers the complete lifespan of the author. I have found many comparable stories tend to go into depth about the traumatic experience and the decision to take control of life, but then only dedicate one or two chapters to detailing how this was achieved. As a result, I often feel I have missed half the story. I am delighted that Christine dedicates as much of her book to her road to success as she does about her childhood. She shows the reader that things do not automatically fall into place the moment you decide to take that step towards freedom. Instead, she demonstrates that achieving your goals takes hard work and a lot of belief in yourself and your abilities. Christine openly shares the challenges she faces and how they are overcome.
The second aspect I truly enjoy is how Christine provides the reader with closure about many of the characters they meet throughout the story. This is achieved by writing a chapter summarising what her friends and family are currently doing. To me, this makes the book feel complete.
Finally, to conclude the book, Christine outlines twelve steps towards taking control of your destiny and achieving happiness. This was a great finish to the book and nicely sums up the valuable lessons she has imparted during her story. It also provides easy access for future reference.
Overall, this book is well written. The entire novel only contains a couple of errors, making it exceptional quality. The writing is descriptive and flows perfectly. Christine’s memories are presented in perfect chronological order, while intermittently returning to the present to keep the reader informed of what is occurring between her flashbacks. The movement between these different timeframes is fluid and the transitions are easy to identify. Christine also displays a wonderful talent for describing details in a unique way that stays with the reader.
This book would appeal to a variety of readers, particularly those who appreciate a story of resilience and strength in the face of adversity. This story also provides encouragement for people wanting to work towards happiness or achieving goals. People interested in starting out in business could also benefit greatly from the valuable business tips contained throughout the book. Finally, while I would recommend caution to those who are sensitive to the subject of abuse, people finding themselves in such a situation may find this book offers them the inspiration they need to take that first step.

Jwalker73 13 February 2018 on Onlinebookclub


If you ever feel like things are spiralling out of control and you need a bit of perspective then read this book. A compelling life story, Christine has written her book not as a victim but as a true survivor.

Kelly Marston 20 February 2018 on

Brutally honest and lathered with encouragement.

Reading this book was a shocking yet heart-warming experience. The first half focuses on the author’s traumatic upbringing and her, frankly terrifying, first marriage. The second charts her recovery and the construction of a succesful family life. I’ll be honest and say that when I reached the turning point around the middle of the book, it felt very much like an ending to me, yet the story kept going. Even after a couple more chapters I found myself thinking “Why are you telling us all this detail? Is it really relevant to the point you’re making?” However, by the end I was so glad that she had continued. The length and amount of detail was indeed necessary in order to make the fuller, grander points which she was aiming for.

The writing has an air of sincerity about it that I’ve seldom seen. In particular the more visceral scenes come across in a rough, almost unedited fashion that feels a bit like extracts from a private journal. This is one of the strengths of the book, whilst also being its greatest flaw. It regularly leads to moments of repetition, often within the same paragraph. It sometimes feels like the author just really wants to smash a particular idea into the mind of the reader, and went about it in a less-than-subtle fashion. Saying that, I would not choose to risk accidentally losing the vibrant truthfulness inherent here by trimming away too much of the text.

There’s a kind of “self help” vibe to the story that comes across so effectively when framed in this true story of someone overcoming realistic, identifiyable hardships. I felt especially engaged by the parts to do with her abusive husband as I’ve known many people who have been in similar situations. I’ll most likely be recommending this book to them as I think it does a great job of demonstrating that there is always hope, there is always light at the end of the tunnel, as long as you don’t give up trying. As a side note, I would genuinely like to meet the “character” of Richard as he sounds like really great guy.

Leigh Jackson 25 February 2018 on  and

Five Stars

Highly recommended!

Jaylyn 26 February 2018 on

Highly Recommended

I found this to be an honest story without the author searching for sympathy. Some people have more to deal with in life than most others. Dealing with the events within the book could break most people. I came away from this read with a sense of respect for having indured such a life whilst retaining the ability to write about so elequently. I rarely read books twice. This may break that trend. Highly recommended.

Mark Brown 27 February 2018 on

A Powerful, intense and compelling story of one woman’s triumph over a childhood and early life of crushing abuse.

No Fourth River, by Christine Clayfield, is a powerful, intense and compelling story of a woman’s life, from a childhood and until the recent present. Her early life was filled with crushing verbal and psychological abuse at the hands of her father, then the nuns and her classmates at school, leaving her with nothing upon which to build any self-esteem. It is a miracle that she didn’t end up as another teenage suicide. This is tough reading and not for the faint of heart. Of course, she then makes all the wrong choices young women make, which they only want attention, desperately wanting people to like her, for anyone to love her. Then she meets her first husband, who initially treats her well and who she believes will be her salvation. But, then the same abuse that she’d suffered at the hands of her father and classmates continues, with the addition of physical abuse that nearly kills her. After a brutal beating at the hands of husband, she awakes from a coma with the determination to change her life, so that she will no longer accept suffering at the hands of others and shed no more tears from the pain they’ve caused. Thus, begins a miraculous, and ultimately triumphant, transformation. Like many of us who’ve suffered various forms of abuse during our youths with a determination to rise above them, she goes after her transformation with a ferocity fueled by that early pain, and her early suffering beyond nearly any I’ve heard before, hers becomes an obsession which yields accomplishment after accomplishment, allowing nothing to stand in her way. I did struggle with the writing at times, mostly because I found it repetitive at times, but given what this woman went through and overcame, I can’t imagine not being a bit repetitive myself. If you want to read a story about rising above adversity, I recommend that you read No Fourth River by Christine Clayfield.

LoveMyKindle 27 February 2018 on and on

Inspiring memoir

This is a candid memoir in which Christine confronts all her demons and inspires readers to do the same. Her family life was an open secret in the small town where she lived, yet she received little to no help from the outside world. Her father’s extremely strict and abusive ways made the whole family, including Christine’s mother and brothers, live in fear. The punishments he invented for them ranged from beatings to being forced to kneel for hours on end.
The boarding school Christine attended was not much better. It was a system of endless humiliation and abuse.
Growing up with these burdens, Christine reached a turning point where she knew things needed to change, and she took control of her life. Readers will cheer her on as they discover how she overcame many years of feeling powerless and not good enough to become a successful businesswoman.
Dysfunctional families are a complex web that continues to affect people even into adulthood. It was really interesting to see Christine’s relationship with her father impact every part of her life, even though she left home intending to be free of his influence. Whether we like it or not, our parents make us who we are to a great extent. Ironically, Christine became driven and successful in business, just like her father.
Throughout the book, she describes some truly disturbing scenes, but what keeps you reading is knowing she survived in the end. This book is a real inspiration for anyone who has suffered from abuse, or anyone who simply wants to make a change in their life. It shows that once you resolve to change, things can only get better.

Carolee 28 February 2018 on and

Shocking insights – Schockierenden Einblicke

The author describes a nightmare that has – as you will learn in the end – also caused  irreparable damage. Nevertheless, the story is very inspiring and encouraging, because her lifelong dream, both financially and personally, has come true.

Die Autorin beschreibt einen Alptraum, der – wie man am Ende erfährt – auch irreparable Schäden hinterlassen hat. Dennoch ist die Geschichte sehr inspirierend und mutmachend, weil sich ihr Lebenstraum, finanziell wie privat, erfüllt hat.

Von Texthelferin 28 February 2018 on – Germany

Truly Inspiring

As a novel based on a true story, this often made for harrowing reading with shocking levels of abuse within a family, but the determination and spirit of Christine as she tries to overcome her past and find her own strength was truly inspiring and one that many of us can learn from in our own battles, no matter what they are.

The story begins with Christine at the bedside of her mother who is very poorly, and as she sits there watching over she begins to look back at her childhood and how she has grown. Her childhood was extremely distressing as her and her brothers, were routinely abused and suffered some sickening treatement by their father. And that is what made it even more appalling for me to read – how could a human treat anyone like that, especially their own flesh and blood. Their father was a successful businessman and his main drive was money, but once he was at home with his family he was a controlling brute and would dish out the most awful punishments if any of them dared disobey him so their lives were lived in fear.

As the children grew older, the punishments continued so their only focus was on getting out. The trauma never really left them though even when they managed to leave home, and Christine then found herself in another toxic, abusive relationship. After yet another beating, something finally clicked with Christine though to not take this anymore and that is when you see her blossom as a person and it was wonderful to see her taking control of her life and find some happiness.

This is a really important story to share and I’m glad to have read it as it gave me a great insight into the human spirit and overcoming such horrors.

Karen Mace 2 March 2018 on

An extremely powerful, wonderful and inspiring story. I very much enjoyed reading No Fourth River.

Thought is was well written and very engaging from the beginning. I could hardly put it down. This is a heart-wrenching, moving and memorable story. The book remind us that no matter now bad your past was, you can build a better future. Read and enjoy, it’s worth your time.

Amazon Customer 3 March 2018 on

The book is a real revelation and inspiration to all – women or men.

I have been following Christine Clayfield’s progress for some time now. Little did I know how hard her road to success has been. To say that she has been through a lot is to say nothing. No child or even a living being should go through what she has been through. Many people get broken by such ordeals. Not only has Christine come out of it and built a happy, very comfortable life for herself and her family, she is a truly happy and rounded human being, always smiling and joking. I’ve met her once and could never have guessed she’d been through such hard times. The book is a real revelation and inspiration to all – women or men. Highly recommended!

Galina St. George 12 March 2018 on Facebook

I’ve experienced a rollercoaster of feelings whilst reading.

This book made me think about life. I’ve experienced a rollercoaster of feelings whilst reading: fear, pain, anger, happiness, love and last but not least victory. On many occasions when I was reading the book tears wear rolling down my face. Sometimes I couldn’t take it any more and stopped reading for a while. However, I couldn’t stop my curiosity and wanted to know how Christine managed to go on so I started reading again a few days later.
I admire Christine’s courage to go on and then finally her life makes a turn for the better. Thanks Christine for sharing your life with us and I wish you all the luck in the future.

Linda Robben 13 March 2018 on

Be prepared for a touchy book

A heartbreaking true story about how can an abusive childhood can change their lives forever, but at the same time their strength and power to say stop, now I live. This had not been an easy read, is never easy to read a story about how a men abuse his family again and again without anyone being able to stop it, and let me say it was so difficult that sometimes I had to just stop reading to get some fresh air, Christine’s words were so hurting and sad…. This book is the journey of Christine from her childhood abuse through the moment she gain the strength to say enough and grow as a different person, maybe searching happiness? I will not make any spoilers so you will have to read the book! 😉 Be prepared for a touchy book, full of sadness but energy, making us believe that happiness is there for everyone.
“In evening school, I had taken some psychology courses in an attempt to understand the relationship between my dad and me, and why he behaved as he did. I will never know his real motives and beliefs. It is easier for me to cope thinking there was a reason for his ways, rather than living with the idea that I was dumped and never wanted.”

UK blogtour 14 March 2018  /

A truly powerful book

This was definitely not an easy read.   And as it’s a novel based on a true story, that makes the horror of the abuse that the family suffered even more horrifying.
It follows the story of Christine as she is faced with seeing her mother very ill in hospital, and as she sits by her bedside it allows her mind to go back in time and see her childhood and the conditions the family were forced to live under due to a brute of a father.  he was a successful man away from the home, but once behind closed doors he was  a tyrant who wielded control power over his wife and children and often made them suffer sickening consequences for disobeying him.
Christine and her brothers were all treated appallingly over the years and the abuse didn’t stop even when they reached adulthood, even if they tried to get away.  Christine ended up leaving home at 18 to escape, but soon found herself under the control of another evil man and you begin to wonder what will be her breaking point.
When that breaking point is reached, it turns the whole story around as it gives her power to stop the things happening to her and get back to concentrating on herself and trying to restore that confidence that had been taken away from her for so many years.  And I think this is why this story needs to be shared and read.  It gives hope to those who may find themselves in similar circumstances.  Knowing that it isn’t their fault and that good can come out of bad.
The abuse suffered throughout the years is awful to read and just appalling that a human can treat others in such a way, more so when that is their own father.  You could sense the fear through those pages and you can understand why Christine rebelled in the way she did when she became a teenager.  She wanted to be liked and would do anything for that feeling of someone being interested in her.
A truly powerful book and one full of hope and inspiration from the author with a series of messages aimed at those who feel so powerless.

UK blogtour 15 March 2018

No Fourth River is an exceptional true story that manages to be both devastatingly heart-breaking and powerfully inspirational.

I loved the way that it was written with Christine reflecting on her life after returning to Belgium in 2016 to be at her mother’s hospital bedside.

As Christine talks through her life, my heart went out to her.  She has been brought up in a house with four brothers and I felt like her family didn’t know how to cope with a girl.  Perhaps her mother was exhausted after having five children and trying to cope with such a strict and violent husband.  Christine’s father was a successful businessman but a very unsuccessful family man.  I think Christine described her father perfectly when she said that ‘he detonated’ on one occasion when her brother wouldn’t turn his music down.  I don’t think anybody could have described someone’s anger any better.

Christine as a child and teenager, although suffering more than her fair share of trauma, had a lot of love to give and nobody to give it to.  It didn’t surprise me that she flirted with boys and turned to alcohol, calling it a ‘magic potion’ to numb her pain.  ‘Magic potion’ made me laugh at first when you think of the crazy things some people (me) get up to when they are drunk, but then I had a sobering thought (no pun intended) as I remembered the magic wearing off.  As Rumpelstiltskin said:  all magic comes with a price, dearie.  A price that Christine almost paid with her life.

In all darkness there is light, and once Christine said enough was enough it was like seeing a beautiful butterfly emerge from a chrysalis.  She followed her dreams, visualised her future and didn’t stop until her dreams were realised.  Although I would take my term ‘stop’ with a pinch of salt as I don’t think for a moment that Christine will ever stop.  Christine’s sky is not even her limit, her story isn’t even close to ending yet.

Along with Christine’s story, each chapter has inspirational quotations at the start and I plan to go back through the book and write them all down.  One that particularly sticks in my mind is from self-help advocate, Wayne Dyer:
“Loving people live in a loving world.  Hostile people live in a hostile world.  Same world.” – Wayne Dyer

I’ve been on a few management courses and often get asked to name an inspirational person.  We’ve all been there…sitting round a table, not hearing anybody’s answer as you’re desperately trying to think of someone unique and awesome.  Well, I’m all sorted as next time I get asked to name an inspirational person, I won’t have to think twice before naming Christine Clayfield.  Christine is such a brave lady, sharing her story and bearing her soul in the hope that her story helps or inspires even just one person.  Well, consider your book a success, Christine.  I have found my awesome inspirational person and I urge you to pick up a copy of No Fourth River and be inspired by Christine’s story too.
I chose to read an ARC and this is my honest and unbiased opinion. MY rating : 5 stars.

Michelle Ryles 17 March 2018 on

A deeply shocking portrayal

I love to hear people’s’ stories. I like to know where they came from and who they are. These stories don’t necessarily have to be told face to face, hence I love a good non-fiction/biography/autobiography. Out of all the stories I am told, there are some which just blow me away. Like that of Christine Clayfield.

No Fourth River by Christine Clayfield is a deeply shocking portrayal of electroshock therapy, child abuse and modern-day slavery. From very early on in life, Christine is tortured by her father, a wealthy, tyrannical man renowned in the diamond business. This abuse continues with the awful nuns and classmates she endures when she is shipped off to boarding school aged 5. This horror culminates into a falling out between father and child that was never fully mended, a world of promiscuity and alcohol, and a violent marriage. Driven to the limits of despair and heartache, she creates a plan to escape her world of misery. Will her plan work?

This is an amazing story of courage and survival told in a brutally honest manner. The fact that Clayfield allows herself to be so honest makes this a truly powerful book, one that will provide escape for those who are feeling trapped. This book is more factual than emotional and I want to say two things about that here. One is that sometimes the information provided was unnecessary. For instance, there is a small part which gives a breakdown of how Belgium is in three parts. This is not something that happens throughout the entire book and I can see it is because Clayfield is a stickler for detail, or painting the entire picture of her life. The second thing is that this is a hard story to read. Absolutely nothing is sugar-coated and the level of abuse present is shocking. I can’t imagine how difficult it must have been to write this book and I applaud the author for being brave enough to put it all out there in the hope of helping others.

Clayfield’s story is spilt into the present (50s at the hospital with her ailing mother) and the past, all the way up from age 5. This format really shows the contrast between her life now and then. Also, the chapters each start with a little quote. I love quotes so this was a nice touch for me. There was just one part of No Fourth River that didn’t sit well with me. When Clayfield’s husband Richard comes on the scene, the book takes a leap upwards and the mood going from very dark to what felt overly cheery. I can’t decide if this is because everything else after the abuse must have felt like heaven or their was a conscious decision to make a strong contracts between the two periods in her life. Don’t get me wrong, I am very happy that things completely turned around in the author’s life, it is just that things read to be too perfect and sometimes had an air of being false.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book. Clayfield showed that there is  light at the end of the tunnel and that dreams can be achieved through hard work and dedication. Thank you for baring your soul to help others!

UK blogtour 17 March 2018

This is a painfully honest and open account

YouTube review on Mrs A website, this is a painfully honest and open account of a childhood of emotional neglect – leading inevitably to an adulthood in desperate need of affection and poor choices. What is wonderful is that there is a happy ending, and a strong sense of control after such a poor start in life.

Claire Lyons 17 March 2018 on

A great recommendation

A book recommended by my dad, Phil Allen. We both agree that at times it was harrowing but overall an inspiring story of a young woman determined to overcome the difficulties put in her path. We would both highly recommend.

Stella Campbell 18 March 2018 on

Five Stars

What an amazing book. Every inspirational. Looking forward to reading it again. I definitely recommend giving it a read.

Amazon customer 18 March 2018 on

I found No Fourth River is an exceptionally gut-wrenchingly painful story to read

I found No Fourth River is an exceptionally gut-wrenchingly painful story to read, there is no denying it. Being that it was the life of Christine Clayfield herself is likely why this was so difficult to read. I love autobiographical/biographical books but autobiographies affect me in an exceptionally intimate way.
No Fourth River starts out with Christine receiving a call regarding her mum’s health and while travelling and sitting with her mum she is reliving the past. We see a young girl living in a harsh family environment that has led her to such a state that she wets the bed. Dad was an abusive alcoholic who had a highly successful business and always felt he should have the perfect family on the outside, even if things aren’t perfect at home. Mum was in a position where she was exceptionally degraded by her husband and feared for her children but couldn’t leave and unfortunately this is seen quite a lot in these situations. Christine and her brothers were sent to boarding school and while there Christine suffered a lot of abuse from the students but worse than that she suffered it from the nuns. Our children should feel safe at school and if the children are being abusive then the teachers should be there to listen and protect them but this was not the case for Christine and it broke my heart. I went to a boarding school and I have to say that even when the kids were hard to deal with there was always someone to turn to. I remember there being a horrific situation with one teacher and I wasn’t afraid to go and tell another teacher but this was not the case in No Fourth River and that was awful to read about, I felt like I was there experiencing what was going on in the school and it broke my heart that I couldn’t just pick Christine up in my arms and tell her that it would be ok and they couldn’t hurt her anymore. This was a feeling that I had quite a bit while reading and I don’t know if it was the mother in me or the fact that our lives have been exceptionally similar, with the exception of the school experience and a few other things, but I just wanted to protect her and have her know that regardless of what happens we can shape our own future rather than letting our situation dictate what the future holds.
The book is perfectly written and I found it eerily relatable. The writing style is fabulous, reminds me of sitting having a chat with someone about their life. Even if you aren’t someone who likes autobiographical books you will enjoy reading this. It is completely possible to read this as if it were a novel written in the first person. This is modern day Cinderella story that can be appreciated by all.
I received this book to for review purposes. My review is completely unbiased.
Review first posted on Rambling Lisa’s Book Reviews

Lisa Doherty 18 March 2018 on and

UK blogtour

No Forth River

A great read, this lady has had a real tough time but despite all the pain and hardship, she suffers,though out the early part of her life she manages to turn everything around and triumph in the end. Through sheer hard work and determination. An inspiration. I couldn’t put it down. Can’t wait for this authors next book.

Julie Thomas 19 March 2018 on 

Inspiring book!

What I learned from this book: You can do anything you wish in the world when you work hard for it. I believe that the messages this book portray should be shared widely,

How this book made me feel: Wow, this read was an absolute emotional rollercoaster, sometimes shattering my heart into million pieces and making me angry for all the injustice author had to suffer, and sometimes making me feel so proud for all the achievements Christine was able to conquer.

This book is a memoir of Christine Clayfield, where she is sharing her life story. The story begins when she was five years old, and it continues throughout her life, including rebellious teenage years, until the present, when she is 58 years old. All the past memories were triggered when suddenly she gets a call, that her mother is very ill and she has to return to Belgium, where she faces the ghosts from her past. Her youth years are very brutal and the amount of violence and abuse she had to face from her father is absolutely unbelievable. To top her already sad life, she married a violent man, who made her life even more miserable. I tend to question people’s choices in these type of books. Why they didn’t look for help? Why they didn’t complain to other family members? Why they stayed silent? And in many books I do find the answers which sound illogical, but not in this book. Christine explains everything very clearly, and for me, her thoughts and feelings fully explain every choice she had to make. I’m absolutely touched by how honest this book is. Christine poured her heart out and is sharing the deepest and darkest events with the readers, and I applaud her bravery because, I believe, it should have been a really difficult book to write.

The events in this book were jumping between present and past, giving a little insight of what will come. The author shared a beautiful story of how she met her present husband and the letters they shared while apart. They were absolutely adorable. The amount of topics discussed in this book is huge, such as child abuse, bullying, mentally caused illnesses, family problems, relationships with friends, alcoholism, loose sexual behaviour, domestic violence, business ideas, distance relationship, effects of divorce, and many many more. The author is openly speaking about nuns and their cruelty, and I thought nuns supposed to be kind and helpful, but they looked like tyrants rather than saints. (I kind of knew it, but still, was stupidly surprised about this fact  )

The writing style is very pleasant and the language is easy and understandable. The chapters are a decent length and it doesn’t leave you bored. I would like to throw in a disclaimer, this book is not very easy mentally, there is a lot of cruelty and violence and does have a lot of heartbreaking moments, so tissues and strong nerves are recommended. ? I loved the way Christine rounded up her novel, it left me really satisfied. So, to conclude, this work is incredibly inspiring and I do believe it should be widely spread to share the awareness of how you can do anything you put your mind to. That “can do” attitude, clear goals and a lot of hard work will make you successful, no matter what you endured in life. It is all in you, you just need to find it. Please do support this book, there is a lot of things to learn from Christine because she is freaking amazing and her story is absolutely inspiring. Enjoy ?

Book Inspector 20March 2018 and and

UK blogtour

A book of strength

No Fourth River by Christine Clayfield is a deeply shocking portrayal of electroshock therapy, child abuse and modern-day slavery. From very early on in life, Christine is tortured by her father, a wealthy, tyrannical man renowned in the diamond business. This abuse continues with the awful nuns and classmates she endures when she is shipped off to boarding school aged 5. This horror culminates into a falling out between father and child that was never fully mended, a world of promiscuity and alcohol, and a violent marriage. Driven to the limits of despair and heartache, she creates a plan to escape her world of misery. Will her plan work?
This is an amazing story of courage and survival told in a brutally honest manner. The fact that Clayfield allows herself to be so honest makes this a truly powerful book, one that will provide escape for those who are feeling trapped. This book is more factual than emotional and I want to say two things about that here. One is that sometimes the information provided was unnecessary. For instance, there is a small part which gives a breakdown of how Belgium is in three parts. This is not something that happens throughout the entire book and I can see it is because Clayfield is a stickler for detail, or painting the entire picture of her life. The second thing is that this is a hard story to read. Absolutely nothing is sugar-coated and the level of abuse present is shocking. I can’t imagine how difficult it must have been to write this book and I applaud the author for being brave enough to put it all out there in the hope of helping others.
Clayfield’s story is spilt into the present (50s at the hospital with her ailing mother) and the past, all the way up from age 5. This format really shows the contrast between her life now and then. Also, the chapters each start with a little quote. I love quotes so this was a nice touch for me. There was just one part of No Fourth River that didn’t sit well with me. When Clayfield’s husband Richard comes on the scene, the book takes a leap upwards and the mood going from very dark to what felt overly cheery. I can’t decide if this is because everything else after the abuse must have felt like heaven or their was a conscious decision to make a strong contracts between the two periods in her life. Don’t get me wrong, I am very happy that things completely turned around in the author’s life, it is just that things read to be too perfect and sometimes had an air of being false.
Overall, I really enjoyed this book. Clayfield showed that there is light at the end of the tunnel and that dreams can be achieved through hard work and dedication. Thank you for baring your soul to help others!

Joy Corkery 21 March 2018 on and UK blogtour

From barely surviving to success and happiness

Someone might read the summary and think “that can’t all be true”. Yes. It can. More children live in abuse than we will let ourselves admit. Many people try to survive domestic violence in silence. But the good news is, there are ways out. Christine writes about her experience of abuse and does so without coming across as a victim. She describes the thoughts and behaviors I’ve heard from other survivors. This is a gritty, real look into the world of violence in the home (and in schools) and the physical and emotional results of that abuse. It is also a realistic look at our choices. It is not a pleasant read in the beginning, and yet it is uplifting and motivational. Christine explains how she got out. I highly recommend this book to service providers who work with domestic trauma survivors, people who work in the field of trauma informed care, people who want to shake off the negative messages others told them, those who want to control their own lives, and anyone who likes a gripping, terrifying story that turns happy ending.

DawnRae 22 March 2018 on

Powerful true story!

I enjoyed this book from start to finish. Great read that gets you drawn into Christine’s life and her struggles. I felt her pain and heartache. I couldn’t put it down as I wanted to find out how Christine got the strength to build a better life. Loved it.

D. Cowan 25 March 2018 on

This is the most important story I’ve read in quite some time.

I just finished reading No Fourth River by Christine Clayfield. As soon as I read the final word, I turned to my laptop to begin writing this review. Christine has shared her life with us – from her very painful beginnings to the moment she took control of her own life and beyond. She shows us how she created safety, happiness, love, and success and assures us that we can do the same.

Christine was born into a family in which her father’s parenting style was over-the-top abusive. At the tender age of 5 (just old enough for kindergarten in the US), she was sent to a boarding school with nuns who not only shamed and tormented Christine but encouraged the other students to do the same. So it is no surprise that Christine turned to sex and alcohol as a teen. Then things turned really bad.  Set in Belgium and the UK, Christine describes her life from age 5 to 58. She describes how the actions and inaction of others leave scars – physical and emotional.

No Fourth River’s Cast of Characters
Christine’s Father – Christine’s father is a wealthy businessman and well-known in their village. We are given the impression that he’s ruthless in business and clearly he’s ruthless in his expectations for his wife and children.
Christine’s Mother – Christine’s mother conspires with the children to have happier times, to hide some things from their father, and provide for their material needs. And yet she is unable or unwilling to stop the abuse.

“Mum regularly got the worst of my father, and she never seemed to be able to please him for long, although she never gave up trying”

“I remember my mother telling me once, in later life, that she stayed in the relationship because of my father’s money.”
Christine’s Brothers – Of the 5 children in the family, all are boys except Christine. The children take their roles in the family. Kane takes the role of being most able to meet dad’s expectations and avoids some of the physical punishments. However, it is clear that even he has not escaped unscathed.
Christine’s Husband – After Christine leaves home and is living independently, yet constantly in the realm of poor choices, she marries her 1st husband.  During that marriage she is nearly murdered. She decides “enough is enough”. Christine finds her voice, and the trajectory of her life changes.
Shame & Doubt – Shame and Doubt are so tangible in this story that it as though they become part of the list of main characters. Humans make decisions, usually horrible decisions, based on Shame and Doubt. Christine was not immune to this. Through the story she describes how shame and self-doubt initially controlled her but then how she learned to take control of herself and her life – relegating shame and doubt to the shadows.
Well-meaning friends and miscellaneous onlookers – I have learned in my experiences at work and in life that it often seems easier to take the physical abuse from the abuser than the hurtful things they say. And sometimes, even more hurtful, are the reactions (real or imagined) of friends or onlookers.

“I felt their eyes on me and their pity and anger. It felt terrible to be so exposed like this, for people to see how my husband treated me.”
There are many other very important characters in this story, but I don’t want to risk any spoilers. I want you to discover these important people naturally as the story unfolds. To learn how Christine finds her true self and not only survives but launches into a life of her creation.
This book begins with the harsh realities of child abuse, teen rebellion, and domestic violence. The subject matter is TOUGH. There are no gratuitously violent scenes in the book. However, there are many violent scenes described. I felt nothing was told in a shocking manner just for the shock value and to sell the story. But the truth of this subject matter cannot be told without exposing the cruelty that occurs when people choose to abuse. The lessons can’t be learned without honesty – even if that honesty is what nightmares are sometimes made of.
Christine Clayton describes the transition from the abuse and turmoil to her life as a happily married wife, successful business woman, public speaker and advocate. She ends the book with an afterword that includes some of her philosophy, why she doesn’t blame her abusers, the reality of some of her health issues as a result of the abuse, and 12 valuable messages meant to help others. Christine writes:

“If I can change one person’s life who will read this book, I will have achieved my goal. I have shared my life experiences and hope to make a difference in someone else’s life”
Having worked in the field of social work for over 20 years, I am quite sure that her story, her style of telling it, and her sharing of the lessons learned will help many people in a variety of ways. I highly recommend No Fourth River. This is the most important story I’ve read in quite some time.
Note: I received a copy of this book from the author for review. However, all comments are mine and based on my honest reaction to the book.

26 March 2018

Five Stars

A remarkable book by a remarkable woman

Jessie Williams 4 April 2018  on


A good read I would recommend this book

Kerry 9 April 2018  on

Beautiful novel

I enjoyed this book very much. The first half of this story details the cold and abusive childhood she faced growing up at the hands of her father, the nuns at her boarding school, and even her first husband. It’s a page turner, being very unique and interesting, and it’s definitely stuff that nightmares are made of.

The second half is uplifting as the author speaks of how she has cried a river for three different injustices but there will not be a fourth. I enjoyed reading about her triumphs and the happiness she found.

Five stars for excellent writing but also because she made me think about my own life. It related to me on many areas- like fearing failure, never feeling quite good enough, and I think many of us have suffered some kind of abuse in our lives, so I liked her encouraging message.

Faith Rabbiosi 26 April 2018  on and 23.4.2018

Ms. Clayfield’s story is one of complete resilience.

Ms. Clayfield’s story is one of complete resilience. It’s almost impossible to imagine anyone enduring what she did as a child. If I hadn’t known that this book was a memoir I would swear that the writer took the abuse too far for believability. The fact that it is all true is a true testament to Clayfield’s resilience and strength.

Kate 28 April 2018  on

I wish the author much happiness, as I know how hard it can be

Author Clayfield bears her soul to the readers (and listeners, now that it’s available on Audiobook) in “No Fourth River.”

Extremely well-written saga. I wish the author much happiness, as I know how hard it can be to do this kind of work.

Amy S 29 April 2018  on

Page Turner

Draws you into the world of child abuse and the family dynamics that go along with it. The author persevered under the worst of circumstances.

Brenda 5 May 2018 on and

Like you are the only person in the world going …

Throughout this book Christine has bravely shared her experiences, offering a valuable insight into the cycles of abuse, the devastating impact it can have and the despair that can be felt ‘behind closed doors’. The times when you can feel hopeless, like you are the only person in the world going through this, when it seems like there will never be a happy future – you struggle to look forward and are tormented by the past. However, this story is proof that no matter what you have been through, you can dig deep and find the strength and resilience to move forward to a more positive life FOR YOU. Stories like this are important to inspire others to seek help and to know that they are not alone.

Martin Kipping 25 May 2018 on

So Heartwrenching

This book is absolutely heartbreaking. To think that any father could treat a child so horribly. Some parts of Christine’s journey I could definitely relate to. But my heart absolutely breaks for her. I’m relieved to know that she has been able to put her past behind her and is a strong, independent woman today.

Daring Woman 1 June 2018 on

A Harrowing Account Of Escaping Domestic Violence – A Strong Account of Escaping Domestic Violence – Worth Your While.

When I was asked to review this title, I was both captivated, and also a little apprehensive – captivated, because all the reviews seem to be SO GOOD! If you look at the Goodreads or Amazon pages for No Fourth River? It all seems to be 4-5 stars. Why apprehensive then? Because this book talks about a very sensitive topic – domestic abuse. And I come from a family with some of that history – and I myself have a history of being quite badly bullied. So reading a book that talks in detail about real, actual experiences of heavy domestic abuse? Seems strong. Maybe even too much for me. But as usual, curiosity won out, and I agreed to take part in the book tour. And you know what? I do not regret it.

Christine grew up in a rich household – like the coveted ones, ones thought to bring The Good Life™. The Dream. But the grass is always greener on the other side, and the reality of Christine’s life proved to… basically have no grass at all, in this regard. Tyrannical, alcoholic abusers in the home are a tragedy, and an even sadder tragedy when there is money involved – because we in this society still believe that if someone’s rich, they’re probably great people to deserve it, and so we do nothing to help those trapped in a household like this. This is what Christine’s life growing up was, more or less – a glorified prison with sufficient emotional, as well as physical abuse. A household like that drove her to an even worse marriage – not just one with domestic abuse, but actual poverty this time, which made it all the harder a lifestyle to deal with. But did this bring Christine down? For a while it did. Until she had enough. Which is when she swore she would not cry a fourth river of tears. And that she would own her life from then on.

No Fourth River Sets An Example: It Can Be Done

This is as much of an ode to domestic abuse victims, as it is an inspiring account of finding your own strength and moving on. Victims of domestic abuse, bullying and other forms of manipulation often feel like they’re powerless – even long after they’ve escaped the situations that were jailing them to that way of life. Finding the strength to both stand back up on your feet, as well as fighting not to bring yourself back down again, is the hardest thing. Which is why we need to hear more success stories, written by people who have escaped these situations, said NO, and turned everything in their lives completely around. This is precisely what this story is about.

You Will Not Be Able To Put No Fourth River Down

For the first chapter or two, I struggled to read it, because it was just emotionally hard – through reading all the embarrassing, painful and degrading childhood experiences of Christine, I was reexperiencing my own failures, bullying and embarrassment. Remembering that stuff is hard, and if you have such experiences in your life, you might also find it hard at first. But as you go, you find yourself unable to stop reading No Fourth River. It’s engaging, and it forces you to empathise. You MUST know what happens to Christine. You MUST find out if she’ll be okay. And exactly how that’s even possible, when the situation is this tough.

No-Nonsense, Honest Narrator

It’s purely spectacular to see how Christine has gained a different perspective on the events of her own life – how she looks at her past self and realizes how gullible, manipulated, mistreated she was. I loved the openness of the narrator, which is, of course, simply an older self of Christine – and I admired how she could talk about all these potentially very embarrassing things in her life – for example, do you know any person who actually had a bedwetting problem deep into their 20s and weren’t embarrassed to talk about it to you? You can really tell that Christine has moved on from these experiences, and is also to look back at them through a healthy point of view. What this makes you feel is endless respect for her and the way she’s come, as well as making you feel like, YES, THIS IS POSSIBLE, THIS IS DOABLE. Which is why I say that it’s important to put this kind of narrative out there – accessible to young women, and to possible domestic abuse victims.

Finding Your Strength As A Woman

We have it easy now in the 21st century, you know. A lot of the things that were taboo in the 60’s or 70’s are now talked about. A lot of the barriers have been taken down. So the tale Christine Clayfield tell in No Fourth River is even more inspiring, considering what she had to face back in the day. And how, despite being told she’s no good, being physically beaten to the brink of death, she still managed to rise up and take up business in one of the most masculine industries of the 80’s – computers and IT. And starting her own company as well. If nothing else, Christine’s story is truly inspiring. I am so happy that my blog was considered worthy to host a blog tour review for someone who has turned their life around like this.

A Message Of Forgiveness

The thing I feel the most respect for Christine about, however, is that she managed to forgive the ones who wronged her, and even be grateful for the challenges they presented in her life. My life has actually enfolded in a very similar manner to Christine’s – in many ways. I’ve seen my share of abuse, and even my long distance love story went similar to hers. But I guess that is the difference of being 58, as opposed to 29. Christine forgave her tormentors and even tried to understand them – without forgetting what they did or justifying them. That is truly admirable, and a good message to send to her readers. I can only hope this is still in my future.


Not all of the book was equally as easy to read. The start might have been hard because of the emotional baggage it carried, but it’s almost equally as hard to read the second part of the book, when Christine becomes suddenly very successful and loved. The change is very sudden, and it’s just hard to switch – at least it was for me, emotionally. And like I mentioned, even though my own love story was very similar to hers, I wasn’t comfortable reading too much about it. I feel like maybe the love letters or the personal questions they asked each other shouldn’t have been shared, but maybe that’s just my thing. I believe Christine wanted to give as many pointers as possible to young women who need to get their priorities straight. Perhaps that would have also benefited me several years ago. I do agree that to a young female who is still trying to find out what’s good for her in a partner, these could be a good thing to think about.

But Beware Of The Triggers

Of course, you must have realized by now that there WILL be triggers. This is an account of real life domestic abuse, both growing up, and in a romantic relationship. Also, bullying at school and being abused by teachers. And then there’s attempted rape. If you have lived through any of that in your life, you should consider it carefully if you want to read this book. However, if you do feel like you’re in a strong enough place right now – this story is well worth it, because it is inspiring and a good role model.

I thank Christine Clayfield, RASC Publishing and Bookollective for giving me a free copy of the book in exchange to my honest opinion. Receiving the book for free does not affect my opinion.

Evelina AvalinahsBooks 1 June 2018 on and   USA blogtour

A Life Gone Right

By all accounts the author should be a drug addict, sitting in a prison cell, or both and more. Of all things, she should not be a successful business woman, beloved wife, and doting mother.

Yes, this is a story of bitter cruelty by a power-crazed father and others. It’s also about repeating patterns of abuse to self and seeking out users and abusers. Far too many grow up to repeat that story over and over. They make the headlines every day.

The author did not wallow in her wounds but crafted her own life story filled with accomplishments and love. Somehow her soul remained untarnished when it should have corroded.

While she shared several personal motivational quotes, the best for me was, “The latch is always on the inside.”

This is a well-written story with bouts of purging and outbursts of inspiration.

I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I recommend it to anyone who is struggling to create a life of their “own perfect design.”

Robin Austin 2 June 2018 on and

Faint-hearted darlings, pass your way.

No Fourth River is a raw testimony of a life of abuse. But this is putting it in a nutshell. The author makes sure you can feel every inch of pain, every sting of humiliation, every scar of psychological abuse. Through a split storyline, we follow Christine growing up, enduring an endless string of events which will shape her future, her vision of herself and of the world.

I will admit I had to take breaks reading this story. There is so much you can take before your eyes start avoiding the words. It was painful to read. It was painful to imagine. Although I found the narrative going back and forth from the past to the future very interesting, I couldn’t help thinking there was a bit of repetition to the story. But I guess it only reflects a daily life of suffering. It doesn’t happen once. You are forced into this way of life over and over and over.

Christine explains with a lot of care but without holding anything back. My heart broke many times during my reading, and I wish I could jump into the pages and prevent some things from happening. It is one of those true stories which pulls at your heartstrings and make you go “This can’t happen.”

But it does.

No Fourth River, with its brilliant name and all the strength from the author, tells the story of survival, mistakes, and how to grow up with such a heavy past.

I was surprised at the second half of the book, when an adult Christine tells of her better years. I won’t spoil anything and I am sure it will help other picture how life can be better, treat you with more kindness, and give you a life after the nightmare, but the contrast between Christine’s two different eras struck me as “almost too good to be true”. I am delighted Christine found a way to escape, but the difference between the violence of the first part and the blue sky after the storm somehow had me going skeptical. I do know Christine explains her life ‘after’ the awful things she went through weren’t all flowers and happiness, but she focused on those good things, which is a very powerful message of hope. Maybe some transition would have helped me get a better understanding.

No Fourth River is a heart-breaking book which goes over an entire life, going from the deepest dark to the brightest colours, taking the reader through pain and joy. You are bound to feel. We need more of this kind of stories to open minds and hearts. To mend. A true inspiration story.

Meggy 3 June 2018 USA Blogtour

Despite the odds, Clayfield survived everything that life threw at her with grace

It’s my stop on the blog tour for Christine Clayfield’s No Fourth River. Welcome!

It takes a great deal of courage to write about the abuse you’ve suffered through during your childhood and (first) marriage, but Clayfield rose to the challenge in No Fourth River. In it, she writes about her abusive father, her miserable years at a boarding school, and her disastrous first marriage to a brutal man who married her hoping to get his hands on some of her father’s riches. After nearly being beaten to death by her violent husband, Christine was determined to turn her life around and find the elusive happiness she longed for in her life. What I Liked: Clayfield didn’t shy away from telling her story like it is—whether it was discussing the abuse suffered at home, the daily public shamings at boarding school. or the electroshock therapy she was forced to endure as treatment for her nocturnal enuresis. The isolation and despair she felt during her childhood is heartbreaking to read about, and it’s equally difficult to discover the cruelty of her first marriage. Far from being melodramatic, she states the events of her life as they were, without embellishment, and with the willingness to forgive that is inspirational. What I Didn’t Like: The second half of Clayfield’s life—free from the abuse of the past—at times feels a bit too pat for comfort. For example, she meets and marries the perfect man, has the identical twin daughters  she always dreamed of having, and starts not just one, but several successful businesses over time. It’s not that these things are impossible… it all just felt a little too good to be true, and often through me out of the story as I marveled at yet another stroke of good fortune.There are times when the writing feels a bit awkward and unpolished, as well. Overall, it was pretty good, so I’m putting it down to the fact that English isn’t Clayfield’s first language—that would certainly account for that. Final Thoughts:

Overall, I think this is a good book with an important message about abusive relationships—parental, spousal, etc.—that encourages people not to stay in the role of a victim. Despite the odds, Clayfield survived everything that life threw at her with grace, dignity, and a heart that wasn’t afraid to forgive. If that’s not inspiring, I don’t know what is. I received an advance reading copy of this book courtesy oRASC Publishing via Bookollective.

4 June 2018 and on goodreads,com USA blogtour

No Fourth River is a novel based on a true story that would not just tug at your heart but yank it off and twist it to the last force.

I love reading autobiographies or memoirs, though you won’t find many if you sift through my ‘read’ titles, so I was instantly interested in grasping an opportunity to take part in a blog tour for this real story. 

This is an honest recounting which is why it can resonate with people who have gone through the same, but this review is from the viewpoint of someone who has not found herself in most of the situations mentioned in this book. NO, I don’t mean to say I’m the luckiest person alive to be brought up in a safe household or that I have never been accustomed to things that I strongly disagree with and want to change for good–all I mean is, I could feel the importance of this story even when I didn’t find myself in the shoes of Christine. So whether you can or cannot relate to this story, your soul would certainly reverberate with the raw narration.

This book is perfect for being so well constructed that you genuinely take something away after turning the past page. While the first half of the story is a bundle of traumatic experiences–some of them more shocking than I could’ve ever imagined–the second half is a transformation and not the ‘quick’ ones, but the established one, one that takes efforts and a whole lot of self-esteem. In all, it’s a collection of events that peak and low to show how human the story and author is.

No Fourth River revolves around sensitive, hard, serious issues like dysfunctional families, violence, alcoholism, domestic abuse, and self-hate among others. It’s days of such issues turning into weeks and finally into years, until one day the author realizes how deep down the aftereffects of these problems are rooted. So she decides to end it all, but not just by forgetting her times of despair–or worse, enduring–but by surviving and breaking through it as a strong female that she is.

The writing is always a make or break for me when it comes to memoirs. I feel like some sound too robotic for me to actually feel the story while some sound too vague for me to actually remember them. Not this; this one aced this area. The writing is pure, informative, and it reads like a story itself. A perfect combination for a “profoundly moving read about a woman’s fight for survival.” Christine’s words come alive and you live through her life–both the bad and good times.

It isn’t easy to read this, though. As a reviewer, I feel necessary to mention how deeply affecting this book can become and how important it might be to take some much-needed breaks while living through it. You wouldn’t regret this experience, though.

My one star deduction is simply for me, as a reader. I couldn’t agree to a few bits here and there, which I guess is inevitable with personal life narratives, I can’t live someone else’s life completely which is why I can’t agree on actions or thoughts completely. This shouldn’t, however, stop you from considering this book. [Except, of course, you find you could be triggered by anything in this book]

6 June 2018 and on USA Blogtour

Have you ever read a book so emotionally heavy that you want to take a break from it and yet you can’t convince yourself to do so?

That is how I would described my experience reading No Fourth River. Before I even began reading I was filled with a trepidation. Was I really up for reading a true story on abuse? As someone who has been in the throes of relationship abuse, Christine’s story scared me.

Even knowing No Fourth River is non-fiction, I was still very surprised with how honest Christine narrated her life story – there were no hazy details, no softening of the humiliation – everything was laid bare for the readers. Now, this was at a time when people considered domestic abuse normal; abusive men were simply considered as disciplinarians. Even if the women wanted to leave, during then there was no social support for the victims.  So, even though Christine’s mother might have been in a privileged and powerful house, her own identity and her own personal problems were tucked into the family’s back pocket.

I cried with this book. It was so heartbreaking to read of how Christine suffered at the hands of her bullies – at home and at school. There was no safe place at all! Yet, in spite of the beatings and being called useless, in spite of the mistakes she made, Christine found the strength to forgive herself. This is something I want people who read No Fourth River to take back from it.

Christine’s story taught me that no matter how low we fall, no matter how “bad” we become, there is always a way back. The road back is one we build with our own hands and, honestly, we don’t need the bricks and the cement just yet. All we need to do begin walking it.

For me, reading about Christine’s abusive relationship was the hardest. I cannot write this review without getting personal, to be honest. But that is what I believe this book aims for. It wishes to touch its readers on a personal and emotional level. It was to jolt us awake and away from any harmful situation we are in.

No Fourth River leaves no room for guessing; it is written with complete honesty. There is great detail about the bad and even the good; for some, this may make for an uncomfortable read. Though the inclusion of the love letters felt a bit off for me, it also made me think how we don’t do enough to celebrate love with a carefree nature. While we are ready to read about a troubled childhood, why aren’t we keen on romance?  Christine lays claim to both her terrible past and her own wonderful present.

I admired how the author wrote frankly about her achievements, owning it. Christine worked and went to evening schools, while in an abusive relationship, so that she could shape her future. After she left, she continued to pursue courses outside of her comfort zone eventually leading her to become a dealer for computers in Belgium. Christine made use of her keen mind to find what was needed and made a business of it.

On a personal note, this – celebrating one’s victories – is something that survivors of abuse struggle to do. We shy away from trumpeting our achievements  out of the belief that they are not our own. So it was very refreshing and inspiring to read Christine’s life and feel like, why am I shying away? Why don’t I speak up of my own victories? This book is more than just about an abusive past and the struggles to get out of it, it is  a celebration of women who swallowed the fire, so she could light her own way.

7 June 2018  by Camillea Reads and 12 June 2018 Patricia Camille Antony on

Great read!

I didn’t think I wanted to read it at first because I usually don’t read true stories. I decided to give it a shot and I was surprised. So many of authors experiences resonated in my childhood life and I related to those experiences.

Edith Antonetz 7 June 2018 on

A true story of conquering a painful past

You know when you’re having one of those late night talks with a friend and time begins to feel warped because it’s so late and you’re both so tired, but you also don’t want to go to bed, because every word you’re both saying feels so important? And you’re sharing your deepest fears and most personal stories, and you feel like you’re uncovering a secret part of each other?

This is what reading No Fourth River is like: A long chat with a friend who is sharing with you their most intimate thoughts and life stories, and you can’t stop listening. This is a powerful and vulnerable memoir written by an incredible woman, and knowing that it is a true story is what made it so impactful.

Writing trauma: Christine’s childhood memories

The first half of the No Fourth River follows Christine’s childhood and early adult life. Her father was a wealthy diamond businessman who raised their household with anger and punishment. Her family endures cycles of abuse and humiliation from her father, especially Christine’s mother, who lives in fear for her family’s safety.

When Christine is forced to attend boarding school at 5, she is tortured by shame from her bedwetting by both her classmates and the school nuns. The way the nuns treated Christine angered me beyond belief. Instead of protecting her as adult figures, they are cruel and quick to revel in her embarrassment. As Christine shows us, abuse of power from authority figures and tactics of shame as punishment have long lasting emotional effects.

Christine’s relationship with Harry, her first husband, was the most painful for me to read. But this book is not supposed to be an easy read. This is an important story from a survivor of domestic violence. Harry is an alcoholic, and he is physically, emotionally, and sexually abusive, and makes her feel powerless and ashamed.

One thing that stood out to me was how Harry’s parents refused to believe that their son could be so cruel and constantly denied Christine’s cries for help. Their neighbors and family friends also ignored the abuse, even when it was happening before them. This reminds of how important the movement of intervention is: for everyone to be actively aware and tactfully check-in or offer your support when you feel like something is “off” as a way to prevent violence. Equally important: doing it in the right way (there are tons of resources online for this!) And this is not just about saying something when a high-risk moment arises, but also understanding how violence is formed and manifested through power and social structures, and speaking out for a shift in culture. This is definitely something that I am trying to work on learning more about.

Moments of change and triumph

The second half of Christine’s book occurs after a moment of self-realization. She becomes determined to design a different life for herself. You see her path to success in business as an entrepreneur and her dedication to becoming her own boss. You see her falling in love with Richard and the detailed intimacies of their love, even the poems and letters they wrote to each other.

This book made me shed some tears multiple times, and they were all during parts with Richard. You see them fall in love, and how decades later, when Christine writes this book, they are still madly in love.

Final thoughts

One thing I would have liked to see more of was how Christine redesigned her life. All her thoughts seemed to change in a single moment in the hospital, and it felt almost too sudden. Emotions and habits are difficult to overturn, and understanding how Christine turned her resolve for a better life into a plan of action would make the second part of the book more impactful. Christine also breezes over the parts with her children. I would have loved more on Christine’s life as a parent, especially because her own childhood was so affected by hers.

Christine writes from a point of self-reflection. She is aware of her experiences and how they impacted her. The plot is set in multiple timelines throughout her life. It jumps between moments in Christine’s childhood, her mother’s passing, and Christine as she grows older. This allows you to see how every moment in her life connects to another, and how instances in her childhood still follow her today.

I read this book in a few hours (it’s a page-turner), and I was thinking of it days and days after. To be honest, I have never been completely trusting of “millionare from scratch” stories, but I am so glad that I read No Fourth River. Christine is a truly an inspirational woman and her story is important and impactful.

Note: This book has many triggers, including domestic violence, attempted rape, alcoholism, and childhood abuse. Many victims and survivors might not be able to find their voices in the ways that Christine did. She provides one incredible, inspiring story of triumph over the past, but it is also important to remember that many more resources must be opened up and societal conventions must be changed and that we have to keep working towards that.

Rebecca 8 June 2018

Survival of an incredibly courageous woman

I couldn’t put this book down. The imperative to know how Christine was doing after what can best be described as a hellish childhood and early adulthood drove my reading. On a personal level, I feel nothing but respect for her strength and for her husband’s acceptance of her baggage. If I have anything negative to say, it’s discomfort with her need to acknowledge some “guilt” in respect of her father and his apparent attempted reconciliation. The tragedy of an incredibly abusive childhood and the nightmare of her first marriage are vividly described, and the writing keeps you engaged. I sincerely recommend this book.

Anne Donaldson 11 June 2018 on

I liked the book

An emotional read. I liked the book. I could relate to it. I’ve been through a ot of what she did.

Angie Hardy 12 June 2018 on 

An inspiring read

This book was recommended to me and I am so glad I read it. An amazing story of hardship and struggles turned in to strength, power and success. This story has I aspired me to make changes of my own. A must read.

Trish C 14 June 2018 on – Australia

Brutally honest.

No Fourth River is an intense and unfortunately relatable story. Christine does not shy away from the details of the abuse she suffered during her early years and I appreciate that she took time in the book to explain the impact this still has on her. While the book spends the first half focused on recalling the horrible things that happened to Christine, No Fourth River is actually a book full of hope.

Sarah Hill 15 June 2018 on 

Just Wow!

This story is so intense I had to put it down to compose myself to continue reading.This story is written in such vivid detail and you can feel her emotions. I can’t imagine someone having to endure the abuse and emotional torture she and her siblings did. And then to come out on top the way she has. Her story is one everyone should have to read to give insight to the tragedies children suffer and sound an alarm in their fight to right the wrongs. I voluntarily agreed to receive an ARC of this book for an honest review.

Merry Jelks-Emmanuel 15 June 2018 on Audiobook

Inspirational and heart-breaking

This book is different to review than others as its not made up in someones mind. it comes from somebodys life. there aren’t characters but there is still drama. i applaud the author for writing something so personal and heartfelt, and there were parts that was hard to read because its heartbreaking, but it shows that strength and drive can overcome anything. I wasn’t as crazy about the writing style itself, which is why it was down to 4 star, but it is very inspirational book that i enjoyed. I received this book as an ARC.

Tammy Conatser 16 June 2018 on

Invaluable insights for us all

No Fourth River is an inspiration to all and a must read for anyone who is suffering from abuse or seemingly insurmountable hardships. The book is a novel based on the life of Christine Clayfield. As a child, Christine suffered unimaginable abuse at the hands of a dogmatic, disturbed father, the nuns who were her teachers, and other children. As an adult, the pattern continued with physically and emotionally abusive relationships. Despite her horrific past, following one particularly brutal beating which left her in a coma, she made the decision that she was going to start expecting more for herself and she does. She immediately divorces her husband and begins to change her life. She realizes that she is in control of her own destiny and the strides that she makes both personally and professionally clearly reinforce
the fact that it is possible to overcome any obstacle if you’re willing to work hard and make the decision to change your life: it is each individual‘s choice.

Christine becomes a highly successful business woman. While she was proud of what she accomplished in business and of being a hard worker, her greatest achievements were clearly finding the love of her life and her children.
While the book is frequently hard to read because of the heart wrenching description of the abuse that she suffered, Christine does an excellent job of not letting her story become a tragedy by showing her strength and giving the reader numerous valid pointers to live by. Sharing her own keys to survival, she becomes a great example of what can happen when one owns their power, works hard, and doesn’t allow setbacks to stop them. She also shares the value of learning from your mistakes and not only trying to understand your abuser but of forgiveness.

The author uses her mother’s sudden illness to begin the account of her story. I found this approach to be very effective as it eases the reader into the very painful story and, at the same time, helps to immediately begin to see the impact that early history had on the entire family. Occasionally I felt like there were parts of the story that didn’t flow very smoothly but this was rare. I also felt that there was an overuse of letters to and from her husband and found this to be distracting. However, if I could change anything about the book, it would be to make it strictly a memoir as I found myself wondering what changes have been made to the story. Neither of these issues were significant.

There is much more that could be said about this remarkable woman and the lessons to be gleaned from her story, but, in summary, I highly recommend this book. It is not only inspirational, I found that despite considerable experience in the area, I learned a lot about the impact of abuse on both biological and psychological development. This is a story of a remarkable woman and anyone can come away with lessons from her life.

Nanld 16 June 2018 on

I received a free ebook for my honest review

Wow !! This book was very inspiring , well written and was unable to put it down I finished it that same day I started reading it .

DolphinBaby 18 June 2018 on

Heartbreaking and inspiring! I could not even imagine going…

Heartbreaking and inspiring! I could not even imagine going through the suffering of Christine. She is the true definition of an overcomes. I am voluntarily leaving this review after receiving a free copy.

Julie Copeland 18 June 2018 on

No Fourth River. A Novel Based on a True….Christine Clayfield

Never have I cried so hard, then want to strangle Christine’s parents for the abuse, both mental and physical that her dad put his wife and children through! I get that her mom had come from meager income, but to stay when WEALTH made her turn a blind eye? I am so sorry that Christine wet herself not only as a child but as an adult as well with her upbringing and bullying a child that needed help? The Lummen’s never displayed love and to her five year old brain what her dad did showed that he loved her, and time and time again Christine made bad choices in men. Normally, I NEVER EVER read this genre, but once I started I just could not STOP! I feel compelled to agree with this author to leave an abusive relationship only I now wish that my granddaughter had said SOMETHING and that she didn’t have to die when she was twenty-one years old and left her two daughter’s motherless.

Hotcha 19 June 2018 on

A powerful and vulnerable memoir

Reading No Fourth River is like having a long chat with a friend who is sharing with you their most intimate thoughts and life stories, and you can’t stop listening. This is a powerful and vulnerable memoir written by an incredible woman, and knowing that it is a true story is what made it so impactful.

I read this book in a few hours (it’s a page-turner), and I was thinking of it days and days after.

Rebecca 20 June 2018 on Goodreads,com

Very good!

Received this book as an ARC for my honest review.

The snapshot of the book really tells all “Christine’s father is a wealthy, tyrannical man renowned in the diamond business. At the age of just five, little Christine is cast aside into a boarding school where she is ridiculed for two embarrassing problems. She grows up in a never-ending circle of traumatic experiences both in her boarding school and at home. It culminates into a falling out between father and child that was never fully mended, leading her into a world of promiscuity and alcohol, eventually landing her in a violent marriage.” The book jumps between her sitting the hospital with her mom and the flashbacks this has created. I am glad the Christine has been able to find love in a new marriage and with her step-children and children. I struggled in parts of it because of formatting issues but all in all the book was very well written and very good. When Christine wrote about her times at the boarding school I could see and feel her pain she wrote so detailed.

Reed 20 June 2018 on

To read how well she overcame her horrible childhood and abuse first marriage is incredible.

This was a tough read. It’s always hard to read about children being hurt. To read how well she overcame her horrible childhood and abusive first marriage is incredible. Very incredible story.
I received an ARC of this book.

Redhead70 20 June 2018 on

A great read

The world needs more people with your strength and positive outlook. Every one had a sob story but you prove that you make it by your own hands, will power and passion to better your self instead of blaming others as well as waiting for hand outs.

Cjt 24 June 2018 on

If you are going through a hard time there is a light at the end of the tunnel and you will make it with perserverance.

This story totally broke my heart for the children in this story and just how cruel their Dad seemed through a child’s eyes. Their struggles and triumphs brought on a roller coaster of emotions. It reached me in places I to have not thought of since childhood: some good and some terrible. I would recommend this book to anyone since the life of Christine went over some many things a lot of people have gone through and would feel at peace knowing they were not alone in the tragedies of their own childhoods. It also shows how wonderful her life became and how hard work and determination can bring you through most bad things in life.

Sarah Marcelo 28 June 2018 on

Inspirational Novel – Must Read

This novel is a must read! I’m glad I purchased it. I highly recommend it because it’s inspiring and entertaining.

Andy 2 July 2018 on

Painful and Inspirational

I recommend this book to all who can tolerate the tragedy, pain, and suffering of the first half of the story. The first half describes the author’s sufferings as a child at the hand of a tyrannical father who is both physically, mentally, and verbally abusive; as well as at the hands of the nuns at the private boarding school he sends her to; as well as at the hands of an abusive husband who seduces her in hopes to get at the fortune he thinks she has, and nearly kills her in the process.

She describes these events as resulting in three rivers that she cried, and she vowed, after nearly dying after a beating by her husband, that there would be “no fourth river.”

The second half of the book details how she overcame her past and did not let it define her. She learned to view her sufferings as gifts to make her into a successful businesswoman, a loving mother, the wife of a man who knew how to properly love and respect her, and an activist for children who suffer from abuse. It is truly an inspirational tale which ends with a fervorino to the reader encouraging us to make the most of our lives, end toxic relationships, and be in control of our own destiny.

William C. Sain 4 July 2018 on

A great read!

Wow! This book was so helpful! Your story was amazing and motivating! You are a very strong women! Thank you!

Brit 8 July 2018 on

A highly recommended book. Christine is brave to share her life.

A highly recommended book. Christine is brave to share her life and experiences through this book. This is a truly inspiring survivor’s tale and the book is remarkable in terms of its honesty and its total lack of self-pity or sentimentality.
It shows the harrowing experiences of the author and determination and will power to survive and thrive, which is put in simple and effective language. Christine beautifully illustrates and gives a hope to trust in love. I would definitely read it again.

Mrs Shilpa Murthy 10 July 2018 on

Inspirational and a highly recommended read.

If you enjoy an inspiring (true) story then I highly recommend this book. Suggested to me by a friend who knows I enjoy inspirational reads it did not disappoint. From chapter one it draws you and even though you find yourself shaking your head feeling no child, or adult, should go through what is described, you are lifted up as the story progresses. The opening lines of “a phone call at 4 o’clock in the morning is rarely good news” draw you in and keep you engrossed throughout. There are many memorable moments in the book and I enjoyed the ‘Gradual Incline’, how she beat rejection selling computers to the chapter titled ‘Letter To Dad’ which inspired a visit home myself. This book is a great read and inspirational.

Neil 12 July 2018 on

Very well written and very inspiring!

Very well written and very inspiring! I was sad that I finished the book because i was enjoying it so much.

Wendy 13 July 2018 on

An important, eye opening book that leads you to feel motivated at the end. A must read!

When I started this book I had the view that I couldn’t be shocked by abuse anymore, especially as I read and talk about it every day. BUT this book stirred up shock, upset, anger and toward the end I was excited, amazed and motivated.

No Fourth River takes you through Christine’s life, right up to last year- 2017. Discovering the abuse she suffered with as a child within her family into her teens and adulthood with relationships.

I found No Fourth River difficult to read in the beginning, in fact it took me a lot longer to read then origionally planned. What Christine went through was unacceptable and as I read the pages I had goosebumps. Christine made me feel like I was a fly on the wall, the way she describes what happened to her made me feel a part of the moment. I was mindful of my own triggers and mindset to read this when I was able to. This isn’t a negative though, this is a positive attribute of the Author; to be able to have the ability to take the reader on a personal journey and feel the emotions they went through is a huge achievement.

I got to the turning points and the beginning of Christine’s success streak and don’t want to spoil it for others but this women has made me believe in my abilities once again. The achievements she made after leaving the abusive relationship right up until present day is phenomenal, her drive behind becoming a top achiever in her industry is inspirational.

I highly recommend No Fourth River to anyone looking to read something that stop you from giving up, for those looking for an inspirational story or perhaps realise that it doesn’t matter where you have come from and what you have been through. I have given this a 5 star review and it will be a book I will not forget, I feel ready to take on anything now, thank you Christine

JG 18 July 2018 on

The best book I’ve ever read.

Now anyone that knows me knows I “don’t do reading”. I read this book in little over a week and that’s only because I had a busy ish schedule. Whenever I got a moment I wanted to be reading the rest of it. I couldn’t put it down. Even when I weren’t reading it I was thinking about it. It’s inspired, motivated, and healed me. The layout of this book is an interesting one. It’s emotionally moving and I highly recommend you to read it if you want to see your life in a new light. I bet you will write your list too at the end of it. I have! I’m now on my way to achieving everything that’s been in my mind for so long. Christine you are an incredible woman!
Grab a copy.

Valerie_rose_muscic 22 July 2018 on

Raw and cathartic. I hope this story helps others going thru domestic abuse

Overall the story is Inspirational and compelling. The story needs editing, there is far too many repetitive content. But I guess in the eyes of the author this was important. The ebook also contains a link at the end, with photos of the author that enhance the story. Nice, but this could also be added to the ebook itself to support the story.

Soul Space Design and ePublishing 23 July 2018 on 

An emotional story

This is an emotional read, right from the start. It’s hard to believe what can go on in some families, and the author holds nothing back about her childhood experiences. From being sent to boarding school at the tender age of 5, to undergoing electric shock therapy for ‘medical reasons’, the first half of this book keeps you turning the pages, as you wonder how much more she will have to endure.
Then she manages to turn her life around – I won’t give away any spoilers here, but a life-changing event makes her determined to create a better life for herself. This part of the book is just as enthralling as the first, as the reader follows her journey to self-made success.
This is a story of abuse, but also of the strength and courage it takes to get out of that cycle of abuse and make a better future.

Helen 23 July 2018 on

No Fourth River

Very good book about the reality of life! Sorry she endured so much pain!!

Amazon Customer 24 July 2018 on

Seek help

This is really hard read because it is a true story I had to put it down a few times but if you suffer from mental or physical abuse please read it as it will help you you are not alone seek help.

Kindle Customer 24 July 2018 on

Wonderful and enlightening book

This book just got better and better. a truly great book! I wish you would publish your list of questions for your future mate as it would be a helpful guideline for other engaged folk. To have honest answers to such basic questions would surely be an eye-opener. Thanks for a great read.

Auction Kate 26 July 2018 on

Must read

I really loved this book. How hard it must be to open up and write things like this that have happened! While you are reading, you will think ‘how in the world was this allowed to happen’? It’s great that this author is where she is today. This is a must read.

Diane 1 August 2018 on

Strength in Love

This book was captivating from page one, while also being very difficult to read. The author endured a tortured childhood, with a father that can only be described as a brutal beast. His evil, sadistic treatment of his wife and five children is horrendous and caused life-long physical and emotional damage to all. None escaped intact. So, near the end of the book, after the author managed to become a wildly successful entrepreneur despite her father, I question her loyalty and love for this man who almost crushed her completely. I wondered if she suffered from Stockholm syndrome, as she thanks and praises this evil, abusive man for everything he taught her! I wish she realized that the reason for her success has nothing to do with her father. She learned her own lessons, and succeeded because of her smarts and dedication to her businesses. I’m truly amazed with the wonderful life she’s created and for finding the most caring man on earth she wisely chose to share it with. This is a good read. My opinions regarding her love for her father may just mean I can’t comprehend her reasoning. Read it and see what you think.

Barb B 1 August 2018 on

True story

This was a brutally honest well written book, there were times I didn’t think she was going to survive and she almost didn’t. It caught my attention from the beginning, couldn’t put it down until I finished..Very good.

SassyNanaof10 2 August 2018 on


What can I say for such a hard childhood and teenage years bad marriage then turn your life round met fell in love with a true gentleman I admire you.well done.

Mrs m 7 August 2018 on

Lessons For All

Amazing insight into how a woman with strong character and great resolve, fights through the minefield of a seamlessly never-ending ‘Sea Of Misery’. Can she do it? How does she do it? And what is the title about? I didn’t find this out until halfway through the book! You won’t forget the part about ‘Chips” either.

mark ross 7 August 2018 on

Loved this book from start to finish.

Reminded me of times gone by. So pleased it had a happy ending.

Lyn Robinson 8th August 2018 on Facebook.

The book that has everything

This is not only a moving and well put together memoir, but also serves as advice and inspiration in setting up a business and succeeding. Christine has almost 20 successful companies under her belt. This is a story of ultimate success – rising up from the very bottom – a childhood of neglect and abuse – to be the best she could be. It is frank, honest, engaging. You can’t help getting attached to Christine’s character as you read.

Hels_bels 8 August 2018 on


What can u say about this book,right from the start,of reading your fall into the book,the ups and downs,you feel every feeling,sad,happy,and you have to carry on reading as you want to know,how things turn out,its i book i would highly recommend,its inspirational and its proof you can turn your life aroynd,no matter what is throne at you

Amazon Customer 10 August 2018 on

Good read

Amazon Customer 11 August 2018 on

How can Parents do this too their children!!

The book was very sad , but written Beautifully, I am half way through it .. can’t put in down . Go Christine ❤

Susan Mugnano 12 August 2018 on

Brilliant read

A brilliantly honest read. Couldn’t put it down.

Claire Poole 13 August 2018 on

It was a great read

Great book

Robert Goshen 15 August 2018 on

Intense but compelling

How someone can not only survive but become a success on all levels is a testament to the human spirit to overcome all obstacles.

Amazon Customer 16 August 2018 on

Captivating, Compelling, Courageous

I read Christine Clayfield’s book – No Fourth River prior to conducting an author interview with her. The day I received her lovely package in the mail, I took a quick peek which turned into hours. I simply could not put the book down. Others have written thorough accounts of the book so I will only say that it is well-written to the point that I didn’t even feel like I was reading. I’m left with the impression that I viewed her entire journey with my own eyes. And finally, I thank Christine for her honest sharing so that others might avoid some of what she sadly endured. That is the greatest gift one can give. I am honored to have the opportunity to interview her and share her with our audience.

Patricia J. Rullo/Speak Up Talk Radio 18 August 2018 on

Inspiring Book

No fourth river is the story of Christine’s triumph over the worst physical and mental tortures exhibited towards her by individuals who were supposed to love and protect her. Many others may have given up when subjected to such cruelty and wickedness but she did not. It is a story which demonstrates that you should never give up or let people put you down. You are in charge of your own destiny. For me there were 3 major rivers crossed by Christine in her book. With her near death experience she crossed her third river of troubles. She determined there and then that they would be no fourth river of terrible physical and mental tortures. She was going to release all shackles holding her back and begin a new life on her terms.

Amazon Customer 21 August 2018

Happy Ending

Wonderful journey through your life. It made you who you are. Well done with your success and overcoming the horror of your past

cutealy 23 August 2018 on

Will read again.

Beautifully written and inspiring!

Cathi P. 23 August 2018 on

No Fourth River

Great book. Very inspiring! My sister and I lived a very similar life, as our father was a pedofile. Taking control of own lives was an important step towards ultimately gaining happiness in our professional and personal lives. Surviving terrible marriages only made us stronger. We each, after many years, finally had a very happy, final marriage. Thank you for your important book.

Margaret Snell 26 August 2018

Awareness. Do not be afraid to ask for help…

I’m reading this now…and I believe I saw an actual interview with Christine. I recommend reading it although so much pain felt even in your own heart knowing just how true the story is. So much abuse. This book is a great book of awareness of anyone going through abuse, of others to afraid to come forward and speak with the right people…and for people who are aware of others suffering…

Josie301 28 August 2018 on

Good read

I volunteered to be an ARC reviewer for this book.

Its never an easy or comfortable situation hearing about someone’s horrible experiences as a child. This author did an excellent job of telling her story. I love when I can feel things when reading a book, this book definitely gave me a whole lot of emotion. I loved reading everything about it!

Although it is rough hearing someone’s struggle it’s also amazing to hear the outcome. The fact that she was able to express her emotions through paper, that she can show that she came out strong! It’s fantastic!

Amber 30 August 2018 on

A very good read

Could not put the book down

james stewart 31 August 2018 on

A must read

Probably one of the most profound books I have read. Unable to put down

Kindle Customer 1 September 2018 on


Brilliant, Inspirational and thought provoking. Post trauma survival, the power of positivity and self believe makes success. Thank you for sharing your story x

Anita Laing 1 September 2018 on

Imagine it. Do it. Be it!

Beautifully written. Extremely moving and powerful about a woman who pulled herself up out of horrific abuse to become a wealthy entrepreneur.

Winston 7 September 2018 on

Excellent read!

What a story! I admire what she went thru and came successfully out the other side. It would have broke most people who would have become alcoholics or addicted to drugs. She is truly an inspiration. This book ought to be required reading in high school. Hope she lives at least to be as old as her mother or older.? Great book!

Marilyn 23 September 2018 on

Worth the read?

Worth the read? Definitely I shared a wide number of the quotes which start each chapter with a friend in difficulty in her relationship- they helped her out of a negative thought process- what more could I ask!

Susan 11 September 2018 on

Great book

Great book couldn’t put it down.

Julie Hanson 13 September 2018 on


Christine, so proud of all your accomplishments. I truly wished you would have gone back to those boarding schools and given them a piece of your mind. Totally unacceptable. Your book is an inspiration to others in your shoes. Richard you were a God sent. Twins…I have no words except..believe. God Bless

Zinnia Rodriguez 13 September 2018 on


It was very graphic in abuse from a young age so its not for the fainthearted!! Was a great inspiratin to others who have suffered abuse and managed to rise above & survive/exceed in life.

Valerie Pearson 25 September 2018 on

Amazing Book

This book was very well written. I love Christine’s spirit and her joy for life. Her life story is extraordinary. I enjoyed reading this book and I wish more people would read it especially those who have had horrible childhoods.

Yolanda R. Robinson 30 September 2018 on and Goodreads   


Loved this book from page one to the end. My heart is for the children who suffer at the hands of abusers. But they can overcome and this book is proof!

Kindle Customer 30 September 2018 on and  

Great read

Very sad story in the beginning of the book but loved how Christine was able to move away from the abuse and build a loving, successful life!

Ellen Shanahan 30 September 2018 on


What an amazing women an inspiration to us all couldn’t put it down x

Amazon Customer 4 October 2018 on

An emotional read

A remarkable book written by a remarkable woman . I hope others who have suffered read it and take hope and strength from it. Delighted the author has now met a man who makes her so happy and has found the inner strength to make herself happy as well which is just as important. A book of hope for others that may be feeling hopeless in similar situations.

Meika Tomlinson 5 October 2018 on

You couldn’t believe a father would be like that

I really enjoyed this book good story and very interesting read

Amazon Customer 10 October 2018 on

A gripping read

A gripping read and a page turner. Christine has lead a remarkable life and her strength and compassion shine through. Highly recommend it.

Ruth Kudzi 11 October 2018 on


This was such an emotional read, and it was really written well. It makes you really think about things as well as giving you an insight into somebody else’s life and upbringing. Highly recommended this book

Westie80 13 October 2018 on and

Very moving

Heartbreaking story, very good read, I enjoyed it even though there is some sad bits along the way. Very moving indeed.

Pauline Biddle 14 October 2018 on and

Positivity and forgiveness take you forward

So inspiring how one woman can go through such torment and cruelty and dreadful things and yet become so devoted to helping others and staying positive – we can all learn from this real life story and not get caught up in fretting the small stuff

Amazon Customer 15 October 2018 on

Great Book!

Great read! Enjoyed it! It is a remarkable story of endurance, strength and character! I look forward to more books by this author!

Shawn Loose 15 October 2018 on

I would recommend to all my friends

This book was hard for me to read at first, all the going back and forth, once I could sit down and figure it out, I realized how great it was, very good book I would recommend to all my friends.

Michelle Pitts 17 October 2018 on

A true book of courage…

Awesome book! A must read. ??

Doris M. Peterson 20 October 2018 on

AN ABSOLUTE MUST READ for anyone struggling to re-invent their life

By some uncanny synchronicity I came across this book just before travelling to France to visit my elderly Mum. I am the same age as Christine and like her, I live in England but am not English born and I too have the long-distance relatives issue. There are so many echoes to her story that resonate so very loudly, the Catholic upbringing, clerics overstepping the mark, young and tender age brainwashing, dysfunctional family, escape followed by hugely unsuitable relationships, lots of them but never a good one. I have been spared by being twice widowed but it felt far from being spared as all I wanted was a soul mate to grow old with …. until very recently when I realised I am finally given a real chance of being myself, before it is too late. The big question is what to do with the freedom and how?!..

Christine’s book has been an utterly enlightening read, I am completely stunned at how this amazing lady overcame this abyss of pain, she is so compellingly inspirational that her words are inside my head from now on and I draw on them for strength any time of day or night.

Thank you so much Christine for writing this life-saving story. This is all the counselling I needed. I feel my wings starting to grow again ….

Marie-France 21 October 2018 on

Great Book!

Great read! Enjoyed it! It is a remarkable story of endurance, strength and character! I look forward to more books by this author!

Kristen 22 October 2018 on

Brilliant read

Brilliant read

Amazon Customer 23 October 2018 on

An inspirational read

This is not the type of book I would normally read however a copy found its way into my hands and I began reading. It is a well written book that claws you in from the very start. In fact I had trouble putting it down!! To know that this is Christine’s life laid bare (i.e. a true story) was hard for me to understand where the inner strength came from to overcome such enormous struggles. The story follows through to adult life and the lessons learnt. Excellent well written book.

Samantha Burt 23 October 2018 on

A deeply moving and inspiring story

Sitting beside her mother’s hospital bed, Christine reflects on her life. As she recounts her story we learn that her childhood and early adult ears sucked. There’s no other way to describe it. Physically and emotionally beaten down from infancy, she’s sent off to boarding school at the age of five as a punishment for being “useless.” Life there was no better as Christine had to endure ridicule and abuse from the nuns because of her bedwetting.

As she reached her teens, the constant pressure erupted in an explosion of acting out behavior, leading her onto a path of self-destruction. Alcohol and promiscuous sex took over her life until she met Harry. But her first love turned out to be even more abusive than her father.

Reaching the end of her rope, Christine finally stood up for herself. She’d turn her life around and show everyone that she was not a useless punching bag, but a vibrant, intelligent woman. Her persistence and hard work paid off in spades. With her new, loving, husband by her side, she became the successful businesswoman she is today.

I found this to be a deeply moving and inspiring story, an example of the resiliency of the human spirit. It is a reminder that, even when life beats you down, the strength to persevere lies within all of us.

Joan Carney 28 October 2018 on Goodreads

Keep pushing through!

At first, I had a difficult time reading about Christines early life. But I pushed through Nd I’m glad I did. Such a brave story to tell the world. It’s not easy to live a life like this, and it’s even more difficult to write about it, but it’s a story of hope that the world needs! Bravo!!!

Kelly Smith 29 October 2018 on

A deeply moving and inspiring read

Sitting beside her mother’s hospital bed, Christine reflects on her life. As she recounts her story we learn that her childhood and early adult years sucked. There’s no other way to describe it. Physically and emotionally beaten down from infancy, she’s sent off to boarding school at the age of five as a punishment for being “useless.” Life there was no better as Christine had to endure ridicule and abuse from the nuns because of her bedwetting.

As she reached her teens, the constant pressure erupted in an explosion of acting out behavior, leading her onto a path of self-destruction. Alcohol and promiscuous sex took over her life until she met Harry. But her first love turned out to be even more abusive than her father.

Reaching the end of her rope, Christine finally stood up for herself. She’d turn her life around and show everyone that she was not a useless punching bag, but a vibrant, intelligent woman. Her persistence and hard work paid off in spades. With her new, loving, husband by her side, she became the successful businesswoman she is today.

I found this to be a deeply moving and inspiring story, an example of the resiliency of the human spirit. It is a reminder that, even when life beats you down, the strength to persevere lies within all of us.

Booksncoffee 28 October 2018 on

Underlying themes of lessons learned was a nice twist

Just spend the entire rainy afternoon reading it. A great book. Made me think of Glass Castle which is the type of story, but totally different direction. Underlying themes of lessons learned was a nice twist also.
Walter Jakoboski 3 November 2018 on Facebook

Sad, but engaging and inspiring read

For someone who has experienced a childhood with a tyrannical and alcoholic parent, this was a difficult read. However, in spite of the sadness, Christine’s story is hugely inspiring and engaging, mainly due to her direct and fluent writing style. No Fourth River is recommended reading for anyone who is struggling to come to terms with abusive relationships, present or past.

Finnishan 6 November 2018 on

Brilliant, unable to put down

Brilliant book, unable to leave down. Don’t normally read these sort of book but its a brilliant book well done

Amazon Customer 8 November 2018 on

A book that needs to be read…

I read this book while I was on holidays. It was a very emotional read and very well written.

Coaxy 8 November 2018 on

A personal story

A personal story of a woman who grew up in a rich household with an authoritarian, controlling father, a weak and almost inexistent mother and four brothers. Her father, a successful businessman was strongly motivated by success and achievement in all his actions and didn’t tolerate any sign of weakness in any of his children what caused a lot of suffering to them and left wounds for the rest of their lives. He had unrealistic expectations and punished his children when they didn’t live up to them. Her mother was a woman who chose to accept his aggressive behaviour and did nothing to stop him from hurting her children. She loved money ( especially spending them on luxury items), the high social status and the luxury life and was afraid to lose it all. The author blames her father’s domineering personality for the wrong choices she made in life. Yet, when she grows up, she becomes much like him, strongly motivated by success and achievement and not by any true interest.

I liked the author’s writing style, easy to follow and straight to the point. The story kept me engaged. What I didn’t like was the self-victimization of the author throughout the story and blaming others for all the miseries in her life without taking responsibility for her own actions and mistakes. I found the second part of the book less interesting than the first one.

Amazon Customer 15 November 2018 on and J.A. Kalis on

Inspirational Life Story

No Fourth River is not a novel. It is an autobiography which may or may not have altered names, places and situations to create some sense of fiction. Having said that, it is a heart warming and uplifting story which shows how a badly abused child and young adult can put the brakes on their downward trajectory and, through determination and hard work, create a better life for themselves.

Christine suffers terribly at the hands of her father, the nuns at her boarding school and, worst of all, her first husband who beats her into a coma. At this lowest point in her bruised and battered existence, Christine recognises that the only person who can cast off the chains of victimhood is Christine herself.

From thereon it is upwards and onwards to an extremely successful career in business along with a fulfilling personal life and the book ends as something of a self help guide for readers who have not yet learnt to believe in themselves.

What saves the book, in my opinion, is Christine’s growing recognition that her father may not have been the evil cardboard character she first drew, but perhaps simply a badly misguided man who genuinely did want his children to be successful, but was always disappointed in them. This, alongside the recognition that, although she has become happy and successful through her own efforts, there are scars which will never quite heal such as permanent damage to her short term memory and the constant yo-yo dieting that shows that the control she has achieved over her own life is, in some respects, illusory.

Toni1305 20 November 2018 on and Goodreads

So touching

This book was so sad at first. I couldn’t put it down. But the achievements Christine was able to accomplish made the book inspiring & motivational. I feel like i know Christine. May God continue to bless you and your family Christine.

Sonia Kateri  Trevino 24 November 2018 on


Shows what can be achieved even with a cruel and emotionally cold start in life. I particularly enjoyed the honesty of the author despite the shame she felt, a no holds barred account of her life. I hope she fights to have her mothers will upheld, that is her mothers final wishes.

Amazon Customer 27 November 2018 on

A Moving Story of Resilience

It would be hard to believe anyone could come back from the childhood Christine had to make something of herself. The author sank almost to rock bottom and her life could have gone either way, fortunately she chose to move upwards in the world and fight for what she wanted. The manner in which she did this makes a gripping story, one with which many people could identify. The last pages of the book leave readers with goals and ideals which could certainly help others who find themselves in a similar position. An inspiring story indeed.

Adah 29 November 2018 on


Christine Tells about what many woman have dealt with! She does it with Dignity and Grace! You will not be able to but it down. I adore her strength.

Marie Garza 2 December 2018 on

No Fourth River will be made into a film one day…

Where do I start with this book? Its an autobiographical novel that reads like a thriller, but morphs into an inspirational tale of determination, grit, entrepreneurialism, love and positivity. If Christine can change her mindset and focus of productivity and success, so can we. She has had more than her fair share or misery, ridicule and quite frankly a shitty hand dealt to her, but what Christine Clayfield did with that hand is remarkable, her strength of character is incredible. We are not set in stone, we can change who we are, who we think we are and what we can achieve. It is not always going be easy but nothing worth it ever is.

Hazel Butterfield 8 December 2018 on

Such an incredible read!

Such a great book- but so sad at the same time. Yay for triumph in adversity. Life is hard, grateful for this woman’s truths even in the hard times. So glad for the victories accomplished.

Toni Kohnke 9 December 2018 on

Christine Clayfield – No Fourth River

After meeting Christine (and wishing I could squeeze a few more hours in), I immediately could see why so many people wanted her to write her story and for Christine to share with us her strength of character. It was infectious and although the story she had to tell was not a ‘happy’ one, what she offered to us in telling us her story was invaluable.

No Fourth River is an autobiographical novel that reads like a thriller, but morphs into an inspirational tale of determination, grit, entrepreneurialism, love and positivity. If Christine can change her mindset and focus of productivity and success, so can we. She has had more than her fair share or misery, ridicule and quite frankly a shitty hand dealt to her, but what Christine Clayfield did with that hand is remarkable, her strength of character is incredible. We are not set in stone, we can change who we are, who we think we are and what we can achieve. It is not always going be easy but nothing worth it ever is.

“If my book – No Fourth River – can help just one person change their life then I have achieved my purpose of sharing my own story to save them a river of tears.  Through forgiveness I have let go of the pain in my life to make room for the love and success that we all deserve and can achieve” – Christine Clayfield

No Fourth River will be made into a film one day.

Hazel Butterfield 15 December 2018 on

Difficult to read but mesmerizing!

First half of the book is difficult to read but mesmerizing! The author’s childhood is so difficult you wonder how she survives. I loved her attitude later in life and was profoundly happy for a person I have never met.

Nancy M. Rose 20 December 2018 on


Amazing story of incredible woman. I could not put it down and recommend it to anyone who loves hearing success stories.

Beth 22 December 2018 on

Triumph Over Adversity!

This is an incredible book that is powerful, poignant and at times petrifying. Christine took me on a rollercoaster of emotions in this book and I was genuinely moved by her story. The traumas that she went through in her childhood and first marriage are horrific. Her story is one of overcoming adversity to find love, success and happiness in her life. She is a wonderful example of someone who believed in herself and turned her life around. I couldn’t put this book down and I recommend it enthusiastically!

Valerie 28 December 2018 on

An amazing story of overcoming and triumph

This was a hard read in the sense that there was so much tragedy in one person’s life! I knew I had to stick it out. It turned out to be one of my most favorite books and I quote it quite often. What an amazing story of overcoming and triumph. Inspiring, to say the least!

Nissa 29 December 2018 on

Enjoyed this!

This is an inspirational story of not only overcoming adversity, but how to truly excel at the game of living.

Sally 5 January 2019 on

This book is haunting, gut-wrenching, heart-stopping,

This book is haunting, gut-wrenching, heart-stopping, and it brought me to tears more than once. It is elegantly written and well-paced, with a cadence that makes for easy reading and a rawness that doesn’t let me question the writer’s emotions or memories. I had to walk away from the computer several times because I couldn’t bear to read the rest of the chapter. It was that painful. But I always, always quickly came back because I had to know what happened—I had to know that Christine would be okay, I had to know the truth because she’d lived through it and the least I could do was read through it. If it wasn’t for the foreshadowing of a happier future from chapter one, I think I would have been much sadder while reading it, so I’m grateful for that—and very, very happy for Christine. I cried tears of joy at the end.

I found myself cheering for Christine’s triumphs, cringing and crying at her pain (and that of her brothers), and praying fervently for her realization of that true love and those identical twin girls. Just as fear begets fear, love begets love. I can absolutely see why she wrote this book. As difficult as the content is, the process sometimes may have been more painful than cathartic for her, but the underlying message of hope and the triumph of the underdog truly left me in awe of her. It’s also reinforced in me a great appreciation for my own life and all the love and lessons I’ve experienced within it. I feel honored to have read this story, to have received the book from Christine for an honest review, and to have had our paths cross in this life albeit just by having this “conversation of the minds” with her through the pages of her memoir.

And perhaps my favorite nugget of wisdom, among many, within the book is this: “When one door closes, a window opens. Don’t waste time staring at the closed door and risk losing the life-changing miracle that is watching you through the window. The latch is always on the inside.”

If you’re wondering what to read next these days, you needn’t wonder any more. Read this book.

Ellinoamerikanida 7 January 2019 on

Warning! This is a Powerful Read!

Wow! Ms. Clayfield, thank you, for this book!

The author gives unbelievable access to her life story. There were so many times that I read a passage and felt the emotions as if I was there. I am grateful that the author takes care to not leave you where she took you though her experiences.

She breaks much of her story into time periods she defines with her age at the time. This helps the reader to identify with the feelings that people at those ages often have. Now, in her case, she had struggles that not everyone has. I didn’t read this book page by page. Instead, I read story to story. Believe me, you can’t stop until you see how each story ends. There are patterns and similarities between some of the stories, and her boldness to explain and detail them make this book not only a must read but a great read! You turned a difficult past into a great book!

ThismanOThisman 12 January 2019 on

The most inspiring book I have ever read

I don’t even know where to begin. First of all it was the most inspiring book I have ever read and helped me tremendously in overcoming a lot of my fears and anxieties. For that alone I must thank Christine Clayfield. It was a very well written book, held my interest well into the night and finished It in 2 days. I cried a lot but knew that it turned out well so I kept reading. If anyone gives this less then 5 stars I would be very shocked. Bravo!

Joann 12 January 2019 on

Loved it!

I loved it from the 1st page to the last! Definitely an inspiration and it has made me want to re-evaluate my life and my happiness! I would highly recommend it to all readers who enjoy non-fiction.

Heather Tolodziecki  13 January 2019 on

Such a sad, sad story based on the authors life .

Such a sad, sad story based on the authors life . It’s amazing that anyone could survive the things that she did , but even more amazing is the turn around she has made and the life she has created for herself .

I wondered about the title, but I now know how truly inspiring Ms. Clayfield really is !

Angie 14 January 2019 on

Inspiring Book

I liked this book, maybe because I am a big believer in your own power to create your life…good or bad. The struggles to overcome a terrible start in life resonated with me, although mine were not nearly so horrific. The one thing I didn’t care for was reading the letters written by and to the author, so I skimmed those quickly. Overall, a very good read.

Cynthia K. 26 January on


This book was so great. It is inspirational and made me cry a few times. I feel like I personally know Christine from her book.

goldentears 26 January on

Good read

True, almost unbelievable, story of how grit and determination can turn your life around. Good inspirational story that is easy to read.

Ray 27 January on