On June 10, 2007, Carmen Tarleton’s estranged husband broke into her rural Vermont home, beat her with a baseball bat, and doused her with industrial-strength lye.

Doctors called it “the most horrific injury a human being could suffer.”


Carmen is so unflinchingly honest, so transparent – reading her memoir reminds me of how impossible it is for her to be anything else! She recounts the unthinkable events that changed her life with brave authenticity and even though I know her story, I’m still moved to tears. And not just by the tragedy of it all, but also by her unrelenting march toward restoration and normalcy. Carmen was and is determined not just to survive but triumph over her circumstances. I suspect most of us are made of much weaker stuff which is why we need a Carmen in our lives! She is one of the most resilient people I know, and her journey has given her a unique perspective about what matters and what doesn’t. She doesn’t try to be inspirational – she just is. Overcome: Burned, Blinded and Blessed is an opportunity to bask, for just for a little while, in the rays of her exceptional spirit. Don’t miss it!

—Joni Busby

Supervising Producer, The Doctors (Medical Talk Show)

Carmen Tarleton's story is a riveting account of a courageous woman who teaches all of us the power of relentlessly fighting suffering with hope and tenacity.

—Dr. Samir Melki, MD, PhD

Founder, Boston Eye Group

Carmen tells her inspiring story with remarkable clarity and honesty. She has endured a journey many might be unable to endure and arrived to provide the reader with wisdom, compassion and inspiration. As heavy as the price was for her, Carmen's book is wonderful gift to those of us who take the time to read it.

Carmen's amazing strength, wisdom and generosity pervade Overcome. Her well told story will richly reward the reader.

While Carmen has endured a terrible ordeal and terrific trials in her ongoing recovery, her story is, at heart, one of a profound and courageous journey and she has arrived with great treasures to offer us all: wisdom, courage, compassion to share with us all.

—David Vogel

President, Burn Survivors of New England

Carmen is a natural story teller with a keen eye towards those details that highlight the most inspiring aspects of her story. This is a “must read” for any therapist, social worker, advocate or anyone who has the desire to work with victims of crime because it illustrates not only the pain of such an experience but the remarkable role of resilience and post traumatic growth.

—Amy Holloway

Director of Victim Services, Vermont Department of Corrections

Carmen's story is one of tragedy and triumph. She is truly an example of the strength and beauty of the human spirit. Carmen went from victim to survivor, and teaches us all that we can overcome the unimaginable and create the lives we would like to live.

—Jennifer Radics, MBA

Executive Director for the Alisa Ann Ruch Burn Foundation

Told with sincerity and grace, Overcome powerfully illustrates the unlimited resilience of the human spirit. Carmen's heart-thumping journey is at times harrowing, yet always keenly illuminating. Overcome is a bracing triumph of the soul.

—Michael Paul Mason

author of Head Cases: Stories of Brain Injury and Its Aftermath