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?
It never occurred to T. R. Robinson to become an author until, through hearing other people’s tales, she came to appreciate her life and that of her ancestors had been anything but normal or run-of-the-mill. Nevertheless, as someone of a private disposition and not wishing to expose others, even if they deserved it, to public exposure, she remained reluctant for many years. However, the more she heard the more she felt it incumbent upon her to share, especially as she could see how their experiences had the potential to prove helpful to others who had been through or were enduring similar circumstances. T. R. therefore commenced by publishing a series of abridged memoirs depicting what she and her ancestors had been thorough and how most of them, but sadly not all, had survived. Once published T. R. came to understand how some of the backstories would make interesting, often entertaining, books. Consequently she has gone on to publish some novels and a series of short stories.
T. R. Robinson is essentially an ordinary woman though one who has had to endure a lot of negativity in her life. Nonetheless, she still has a sense of humour and is able to see the funny side in many of life’s events. She has an infinity with animals, both wild and domestic, loves gardening and enjoys visiting places of natural beauty and historic interest. So as to provide for her son and herself T. R. has undertaken varied employments including laboratory assistant, night hospital orderly, machinist, barmaid, waitress and many more. Now, having seen her son grow into a respectful man, her primary occupation is authoring. An enduring characteristic that amuses and frustrates those who care about T. R. is her continuing innocence and naivety. She still trusts and tries to see the good despite all she has been through in life. Most agree, though this may sometimes compromise, they really would prefer her not to lose those refreshing attributes.
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Primary Website and Blog: https://www.trrobinsonpublications.com
Personal Blog: https://trmemoirs.wordpress.com
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T. R. Robinson 2019
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.
Writing at the height of her narrative and imaginative gifts, Sue Monk Kidd presents a masterpiece of hope, daring, the quest for freedom, and the desire to have a voice in the world.
Hetty “Handful” Grimke, an urban slave in early nineteenth century Charleston, yearns for life beyond the suffocating walls that enclose her within the wealthy Grimke household. The Grimke’s daughter, Sarah, has known from an early age she is meant to do something large in the world, but she is hemmed in by the limits imposed on women.
Kidd’s sweeping novel is set in motion on Sarah’s eleventh birthday, when she is given ownership of ten year old Handful, who is to be her handmaid. We follow their remarkable journeys over the next thirty five years, as both strive for a life of their own, dramatically shaping each other’s destinies and forming a complex relationship marked by guilt, defiance, estrangement and the uneasy ways of love.
As the stories build to a riveting climax, Handful will endure loss and sorrow, finding courage and a sense of self in the process. Sarah will experience crushed hopes, betrayal, unrequited love, and ostracism before leaving Charleston to find her place alongside her fearless younger sister, Angelina, as one of the early pioneers in the abolition and women’s rights movements.
Inspired by the historical figure of Sarah Grimke, Kidd goes beyond the record to flesh out the rich interior lives of all of her characters, both real and invented, including Handful’s cunning mother, Charlotte, who courts danger in her search for something better.
This exquisitely written novel is a triumph of storytelling that looks with unswerving eyes at a devastating wound in American history, through women whose struggles for liberation, empowerment, and expression will leave no reader unmoved.