#1 NYT bestselling author Linda Lael Miller

April Thomas, 32, of Cary, NC

April Thomas After leaving a physically abusive marriage, she lost everything except the clothes on her back.

“My ex-husband burned my house down, and I had to move out of state to start over. I just hope somebody else in a similar situation can see that there is a way out, and if they can find that opening to take it and break free,” Thomas said.

Thomas studies nursing at Wake Technical Community College in Raleigh, NC. Aspiring to work as a trauma nurse, Thomas divides her time between school, clinical hours at the hospital, serving as senator for the student association and attending Phi Beta Kappa meetings.

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