The innocence of a young child.
My initial inspiration to write came with a realisation that my life, and those of my ancestors, have been anything but ‘normal’ or ‘run-of-the-mill’. I had the good fortune to originate within a very loving family, though that was not to last for long. At very early and tender age I was rudely, unceremoniously, and unexpectedly thrown into a very cruel world. Abuse, torture, violence and disappointment became my constant companions. That is not to say all was bad, of course, it was not. There were some light-hearted fun times I enjoyed. Some with the few friends I have known though life and others with total but, well-meaning, strangers. I have experienced war, with all its horrors, as well as individual abuse. Nevertheless, most likely due to my mama’s care and teaching, I am fortunate, though some may say otherwise, to be the owner of a resilient spirit. Despite all the odds I have survived. I came to authoring later in life, prior to which I undertook several different occupations. Among these have been laboratory assistant, night hospital orderly, machinist in a clothing factory, and many others until I finally found a niche in the world of public houses and night clubs as a barmaid and waitress. Not something I took to naturally. These, especially the latter, may not have been glamorous but combined with another two jobs, they provided a minimal income that allowed me to care for and bring up my son. Matters were never easy and regrettably, I did face further abuse but I am a survivor and am here to share with you. I write for two primary reasons: to ensure our unique tales are not lost to posterity, and to hopefully, inspire and help others who have been through, or may be facing, similar experiences. If I can get through and go on to have a reasonably meaningful life, so may they with the right encouragement.
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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?
Having gained her freedom from an abusive situation this naïve woman looked forward to a peaceful and contend life with her young son. But life, lust and fate had other ideas. Besides the hardships of single parenthood when it was socially unacceptable she had to also endure continuing unwanted attention from both men and women. Lesbian violence, pimp intimidation, rampant jealousy, gunman, love, lust, homelessness, financial difficulties and a host of other situations led to several serious suicide attempts. Her salvation lay with her son and those few wealthy, highly positioned and powerful individuals she was privileged to meet. Nevertheless, wherever she turned a challenge always faced her.This is the second book in an abridged series recording this amazing life.