Hiding From Reality

Hiding From Reality

My Story of Love, Loss and Finding the Courage Within

Book - 2012
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Reality hit Taylor Armstrong hard one tragic evening last August when she found the body of her estranged husband, Russell, hanging in his California home. Fans across the country were shocked at the horrific news of his death and even more shocked to discover that behind the glittering "reality" of Taylor's life on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills lurked a painful story of emotional and physical abuse that she had been terrified to tell.

An estimated 80 percent of domestic abuse victims remain silent, suffocated by fear and relentless self-doubt. For Taylor, it was the threat of financial ruin and finding herself alone with her young daughter that kept her tethered to her volatile husband. But after a ferocious roundhouse punch from Russell fractured her face, resulting in reconstructive surgery, she finally made the brave decision to walk away from a man she loved and a legacy of physical abuse that she first encountered as a child and that haunted her throughout her adulthood.

To the outside world, the Armstrongs lived like royalty, throwing lavish parties--including a memorable tea party for their daughter's fourth birthday--and mingling with their privileged Housewives co-stars. It was impossible to hide the cracks in their marriage from the cameras forever, though, and their darkest secrets slowly began to seep through the gilded façade.

With searing honesty, Taylor candidly examines her difficult journey from the abusive home in which she was born to the low self-esteem that kept her constantly on the run from herself, to the tumultuous marriage that ended in suicide, and ultimately to her realization that only by sharing her moving story could she help other women.


"The terrible truth is that I felt lost without the control that Russell had imposed on me for the nearly six years that we were married. Disturbingly, I missed that control. I didn't know what to do once I had no one there to tell me how to dress, act, and behave; what to want; and who, even, to be. In some ways, I missed the abuse. I missed the pain. I missed being scared. Not because I liked feeling any of that. But because it was the life I had become accustomed to, and without anyone to be afraid of, to apologize to, and to cover for, I felt completely lost."


Publisher: New York : Gallery Books, 2012
Edition: 1st Gallery Books hardcover ed
ISBN: 9781451677713
Branch Call Number: 921 ARM
Characteristics: vii, 264 p. ; 23 cm


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Oct 10, 2017

A far better and more interesting read than anyone who watched the author on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills (RHoBH) might suspect. It always helps when you have an interesting story to tell and the author, Taylor Armstrong, does. Sad and interesting. If you followed her story on RHoBH you will probably enjoy reading her back story and the details of her relationship with her abusive husband. I actually found the read to be quite compelling and that's something I hadn't expected to be able to say.

eve373 Jul 26, 2012

I have never watched a "THE REAL HOUSEWIVES.." of wherever show before. I chose this book without knowing who this lady was. It wasn't until after I finished this book, that I found some clips on youtube of the show she was on.

I mainly picked up this book because I could relate to her situation. I had been in a relationship where I felt emotionally controlled by the guy, but luckily I got out.

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