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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.
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Finding Gloria is a true story! It is my life story.
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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: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,618,121 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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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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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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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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This book was about a mother abusing her child. Although sad, it was a good read. This memoir tells how the author was given up at birth and adopted. She was emotionally and physically abused until she ran away. The author`s recovery included admission into an institution. She starts to look for her birth family and acceptance that she never experienced with her adoptive family.
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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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