But she will come to regret it.
The people and circumstance were hardly what she had expected as neither were the consequences.
T. R. Robinson’s initial inspiration to write came from when she realised her life, as well as those of her ancestors, were anything but ‘normal’. They were certainly not ‘run-of-the-mill’. Originating within a very loving family she was, at a very early age, unexpectedly thrown into a very cruel world. Abuse, torture, violence and disappointment followed and have been ‘companions’ for as long as she can remember. However, she also enjoyed some fun times that she recalls with pleasure. For example: when, together with a good friend, dressed in evening gowns and with best jewellery on, both fell face first into mud or when a young man, stopping her in the High Street, went on his knees to, as he put it, ‘worship’ her. These and other similar events still bring a smile to her face. Having survived the abuse, torture (World War II) and eventually escaping from domestic violence T. R. went on to experience a variety of different employments. These included laboratory assistant, night hospital orderly, machinist in a clothing factory, and many more until finally finding a niche in the world of public houses and night clubs as a barmaid and waitress. Though not glamorous the latter provided the income, by working three jobs at the same time, to support and bring up her son. Regrettably she did not entirely leave abuse and violence behind. But she is a survivor and is still here to share a variety of tales, both factual and fictional.
It can and does happen: A chance encounter that leads to romance, love and fulfilment. Equally, such an encounter may lead to fear, sorrow and loss. Both are met in this tale that crosses national and social boundaries and within which unwarranted evil plays a far too real part.
In all innocence the protagonists go about their daily lives occasionally taking in divergent activities out of curiosity or in the interest of learning more about life. Being caring and kind hearted both fail to understand why they are constantly warned about helping others. Ultimately, after numerous twists and turns, the truth behind these warnings becomes manifest with results never anticipated or expected.
To Love. To Be Loved. - Though Maria longed for a family of her own, she was not prepared to allow the conventions and expectations of society to manipulate her into a marriage of convenience. To her an arranged marriage or one without love were anathema. However, will she be able to withstand the pressures, demands and expectations of society and church doctrine? Her natural beauty combined with her caring, loving and intelligent character as well as her marriageable age do not help. While some quietly admire and hope, one becomes an obsessed stalker and another decides no one else has a right to her and contemplates steps to ensure she becomes his alone. Will Maria be able to withstand all the pressures or will she be forced to accept the life of compromise she has been determined to avoid or will her life be forfeited in the effort?