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Finding Gloria: Second Edition Paperback – November 23, 2012
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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
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
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
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.
About the Author
For more than a decade, Marianne Curtis has been the head writer for the Dawson Trail Dispatch. During that time, she has published more than 7,000 articles in the monthly paper. Writing Finding Gloria was her way of healing from the past she details, and finding peace with her life. Originally intended to be an outlet for her own healing, Curtis has been surprised and touched at the stories she hears from readers and the way that her story has helped them to share theirs.
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Top Customer Reviews
I think one of the things that most hit home to me is how candidly the author catalogs her experiences. I can only imagine how difficult it would be to write such an account, let alone publish it for all to see. For someone haunted by low self-worth and trust issues, as Marianne admits in her book, it is quite a feat. I could relate to Marianne, as both someone who experienced bullying and someone who grew up with a mentally disordered mother. While my experiences were never as bad as Marianne's, they helped me understand her perspective and made me grateful for my own mother, quirks and all, who always supported me even when she didn't know what to do with herself.
As the author states up front, this book is hard to read at times, but the ending is a happy one. It was great to see that even after everything she lived through, Marianne was able to find love and acceptance and to raise four wonderful children. The pictures at the end were an added bonus.
I recommend this book for anyone who likes inspirational books and memoirs and especially for those who had a tough childhood or who suffered abuse
The story meanders unrelentingly in sappy childish prose and describes mundane events. This is the type of book produced by someone who lacks writing skills yet wants to publish. The positive reviews are are almost certainly as fake as the credentials. Best guess is they were created by kind friends/relatives. Not worth it as a freebie which is how I found it.