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Product Details

  • Paperback: 260 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (April 3, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1456422332
  • ISBN-13: 978-1456422332
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,136,407 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This is a very heartfelt and moving story, told simply with unrestrained emotion. 
Cynthia J Faryon, Author of Sisters Torn & Freelance Writer

The courage to expose the best and the worst of oneself for all the public to see is a rare strength. Marianne shows that strength page after page.
―Dan Guetre, Publisher

This is a story of a woman's undying need to be recognized and loved, and to love. It's about a woman who survives poverty, homelessness and depravation, only to rise above those conditions to find forgiveness, humanity and self-worth. - James Kostelniuk, Author of Wolves Among Sheep & Freelance Writer
To find forgiveness of herself and her family like that, it's so beautiful and it's so powerful - her strength I sat in awe of her while listening to her story.  -  Justine Routhier, CJOB Radio.  


Finding Gloria is the memoir of a woman who was given up at birth, experienced physical and emotional abuse and makes her way through a difficult journey to a happier present. The title is appropriate to the story and the author should be commended for recording this tale of extreme suffering and her journey out of  the ashes. Many people say they want to write a book but this author followed through when most do not. That the author was able to reach the present with a loving and forgiving heart is a testament to her strength. 20th Annual Writer's Digest Annual Self-Published Book Awards

Finding Gloria is one woman's incredible story of love, loss, redemption, and forgiveness, even in the face of devastating events. A beautiful and moving tale, Curtis' raw emotion and fragile hope is revealed through her candid prose and unbreakable spirit.
Jason Rutherford
Writing, Publishing, and Book Marketing Coach
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From the Author

Finding Gloria is a true story! It is my life story.

More About the Author

For the past fifteen years, Marianne Curtis has freelanced as headwriter for the Dawson Trail Dispatch, a monthly newspaper in southern Manitoba, Canada. Through the paper, she covers all genres of news including hard core, politics, public interest, sports, events and current events.

Her first novel, a memoir called Finding Gloria, was published April 3, 2012. Based on her life story, Finding Gloria follows the authors recovery process after suffering years of emotional and physical abuse. As an adoptee, her story is unusual and heartbreaking right from the start.

When she is not writing, Marianne enjoys spending time with her four adult children and her two grand-children. She loves hiking, fishing, camping and her husky-wolf cross Odie.

Customer Reviews

What a gripping life story you've shared.
allie
Finding Gloria was an extremely easy to read book, it had me in tears, it had me smiling, it had me not wanting to stop reading.
dragonfly8
Thank God for His infinite Love and sending someone to share Him with her!
allconsoffun

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Susan Tarr on June 12, 2014
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FINDING GLORIA
If you can appreciate how insidious physical and/or mental abuse is, this book is for you. I you cannot appreciate how insidious physical and/or mental abuse is, this book is definitely for you. Where can a girl go when all she has ever known is abuse? What will happen to her? If there were ever a character I simply wanted to reach inside the pages and hold, that character would be Gloria. That this story is based on fact makes it even more heartbreaking. In parts, I felt I was reading my own story; it’s that real. The writing is mature with no grandstanding or melodrama, and I read it through in two sittings. Would I recommend this book? In a heartbeat.
I received this book in exchange for an honest review.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Tracey on May 2, 2012
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I have just finished this book and must say I was shocked, saddened and overjoyed for Marianne all in one book. She has shared the most personal moments and still comes out smiling at the end, it truly teaches you that no matter what you deal with in life, nothing is impossible to overcome. Thank you for sharing your story, it is one that I will never forget. I will be recommending this book to all of my friends.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Terri E on December 10, 2012
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This book was a page turner! When reading this book I cried, screamed and cheered with her. This book makes you step back and pay attention more to the children you crossroads with. I wish no children had to live through abuse but if this book can make a difference it will make a future for someone!! Great job!
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By JoAnn Brown on August 25, 2012
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This was a bit of extra reading in the beginning, letters etc from people. But after the the stoy gets started it is hard to put down.

Several times I got goose bumbs relating to what was said.

When I started raising my children I was so afraid of making mistakes that would mess them up for life. My mother in law told me... I'd make mistakes,we all do, but children are resilent! Mine turned out good.... And from reading this story I can see just how resilent children can be.

Thank you for sharing, this put a lot of things in perspective for me in my own life!

Well written and worth reading.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By MartyH on August 11, 2012
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Marianne has shown tremendous courage in the telling of her life story. She has shared some of her most personal moments in life with a level of truth and honesty that is rare and to be treasured. The book is very well written and captures the reader's attention and heart from the first page.

While Finding Gloria contains many moving moments and valuable life lessons, I was especially touched by Marianne's determination to make something of herself and provide a good home and loving family life for her own children, even during some of the darkest moments of her young life. An excellent read!
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Lexi on April 28, 2012
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Finding Gloria was a well written, interesting to read account of Marianne's life. I found that once I started reading I wanted to keep on reading to find out what happened next. Be prepared to be shocked and saddened by some of what you read, but also to smile as the author has wonderful happy events happen in her life as well.

I'd love to see a sequel to this book, maybe five years down the road, telling more about her interaction with her birth family.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mosby on March 10, 2013
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I almost feel like I must have read a different book than the others who gave this rave reviews. The writing is mediocre, the thought patterns repeat themselves - sometimes over and over within a short period of time, and, to me - it was boring. This book feels likes the author took a deep breath and just started rambling on and on and on and on.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By allie on April 27, 2012
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I downloaded your book early this morning and couldn't put it down. What a gripping life story you've shared. I was shocked, and in tears throughout your story and couldn't wait to see what would happen next! Thank you for baring your soul and sharing your story Marianne! I will recommend it to everyone i know!
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