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Patda Jim has spent her life traveling and living abroad in India, Italy, Switzerland, Belgium, Brazil, Canada and Chile. Writing travel related works and short stories has been a part of her life. Graduating from the University of Florida with a BA degree in Creative Writing and English Literature, she also completed graduate writing courses at Emory, University of Central Florida and University of South Florida. She is available to give Writing Workshops and Travel Talks to groups. "Ring Go Round" has been well received being named Book of the Month by many Book Clubs in USA. Home to Patda is the Sarasota, Florida area, but her traveling continues.
In 1894 London, frightened fifteen year old Englishwoman Marlene marries Dutchman Paul van der Mehr. They met a month ago at a ball and now her parents arranged her marriage to him. As Paul's wife she accompanies him to his home in the Netherlands. However, Marlene quickly learns her old money aristocratic new spouse is abusive. When his brutality turns on their children, Marlene has no recourse but to flee with the kids to the sanctuary of the countryside as their respective families will not intrude on the rights of a husband-father. There she meets and falls in love with kind Baron Carlotti.
In 1999, after ending a comfortable relationship, Marieke travels from the United States to Amsterdam where she feels at home. At an antique jewelry store, Marieke sees a fascinating diamond ring on display and purchases it. She and the store manager Clemens Van der Mehr are attracted to one another and he invites her to his family home where she feels she belongs even as they fall in love. However, her real connection through the ring is to Marlene.
Rotating perspective between the two women, RingGoRound is a terrific family drama filled with fascinating twists. The lead females and their support cast are fully developed to complement one another in the interconnected (through the ring) over a century gap subplots. Readers will enjoy Patda Jim's haunting romantic tale as Marieke learns the truth about Marlene and herself.
Patda Jim has written an ambitious novel that spans over 100 years - following two ladies and their stories and how they are intertwined. It's 1894 and a young woman, Marlene, is moving to the Netherlands to live with her new husband. New language, new culture - very different from her native England. But Marlene sees that the man she married isn't quite the prince charming he made himself out to be - he is rich, and from an old family, but he is very cruel... Marieke is a modern day woman who travels from the States to Europe - she is in Amsterdam and has always felt a pull to this area - She walks to an antique jewelry store and is drawn to a particular diamond ring - and to the young man who runs the store - She and the young man, Clemens Van der Mehr, instantly have a rapport and that soon becomes love. The two ladies' lives become intertwined and the true story of Marlene and her children is told. All because of a ring being sold. A coincidence that ring was sold to Marieke? Perhaps there is no such thing as a coincidence... Both stories are beautifully told and enhance each other. It is a love story, it deals with a spiritual connection, and it all works into a wonderful book. You will enjoy unfolding the mystery of how these women are used to tell a timeless story.
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It has taken me many years to come to appreciate antiques. Many people in my family collect them, including my mother, but growing up I just never cared for them, preferring new items. But, I have come to love antiques and really believe that each has a story to tell, a "history" if you will. Ringgoround focuses on and ring - new to one woman and an antique to another, and the ties that bind them to each other.
Marlene grew up in a time where arranged marriages were very common. She is married off by her parents to a man who looked to be decent and loving, much better than the "ancient" suitor that was also vying for her hand. But, after getting married her life becomes a living hell, with brutality and abuse ,along with alienation from the outside world, being her daily ordeal. Thankfully she is strong enough to escape her husband and take her two children to live in the country in a manor owned by their family. Here she develops a relationship with Baron Carlotti that is what every woman wishes for - warmth, love, friendship, devotion, the perfect package. She still has her husband to deal with but is willing to fight for the happiness and stability she knows she deserves.
Marieke is a strongwilled modern woman who is in a relationship that she feels is love but soon realizes is merely just comfortable, thanks to her encounter with Clemens and the finding of a spectacular ring, a ring that calls to her. After purchasing this ring and being invited to Clemens family home she feels as if the home is actually speaking to her - she is drawn to the history of the home and can't understand what it is that makes her feel so welcome here. The story unfolds and you come to understand the ties that bind these two women's lives together.Read more ›
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