Reach for Joy – My Memoir


Hello my friends. Most of you know that I did not walk an easy road. After five years of writing, editing  and submitting, here is my published memoir. My hope is that, if you are moved by reading it, you will share it with a family member or friend who may benefit from what it has to say. Also if you feel inclined to purchase several paperback copies to place in your local safe houses or to be used in your local high schools to help teens learn about relationship red flags and abuse, then thank you for helping me to make a difference in other’s lives.


The memoir is written under a pseudonym, but that is to protect others from easy notice. I do not feel the need to be anonymous. We all have a story to tell. Hopefully your story will end up like mine, joyful. Click here to read:  “REACH FOR JOY”

If you purchase a paperback copy on Amazon, Amazon will also give you a free download of the e-version.  Reviews on Amazon will certainly help boost the book. 

If you’ve left a review on Amazon, it is much appreciated since for some reason reviews make or break a book. Thank you!

Many thanks for the support,



Reviewed By Janelle Fila for Readers’ Favorite

Reach for Joy by T.L. Reys is a non fiction memoir that starts with the author’s young adult life and spans over thirty years of her adult life, including marriage to an abusive and unforgiving husband. It is a story about the hidden effects of long term abuse, but is also a triumphant story about overcoming that abuse and remaining a healthy, whole human being. Tessy’s life with Jason isn’t the fantasy that she always imagined. She has ten children and suffers nerve damage from the cold and sleeping under a truck along the highway. This story is about her inner turmoil and a constant choice: to fulfill her controlling husband’s desires, including living like pioneers, or choosing freedom and allowing herself to live free of fear. But that isn’t an easy decision for someone who has been physically and mentally abused for over three decades, and makes for a heart wrenching story that readers will love and hate at the same time.

This is an incredible book that is also a very difficult read because it includes scenes of constant emotional abuse and physical abuse such as rape and death. But it is also a beautiful story because it shows how a person can rise about this. This is a personal triumph story about survival. If one person can survive such cruel and inhumane torture and turn out to become a giving, caring, and loving person, then there is hope for all of us, no matter what personal situations we are facing in our own lives. Very inspirational.

Make sure to click on “See all 4 formats and editions” to select the kindle e-book if you prefer an e-book (it’s a bit hidden on the page under the title and rating stars at the top of the page).