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My Unconventional Loves: My Hurts, My Adulteries, My Redemption by Marie A. Abanga | A Review and Giveaway — September 9, 2014

My Unconventional Loves: My Hurts, My Adulteries, My Redemption by Marie A. Abanga | A Review and Giveaway

What on earth could push or pull a woman and mother of three to abandon her marriage, elope with a street kid, leaving those three kids behind?

What on earth could push or pull a woman to live such parallel lives and fake such an existence whereas all the ‘glamour’ was just superficial?

What definitely went wrong in her childhood that could have contributed to the sad and dare say ‘insane’ series of unconventional loves and existence?

Read the rest here …

(Image and synopsis via Goodreads)

My Thoughts:

I met Marie Abanga here on my blog. She left a comment on a post, and later used my Contact page to email me about her memoir.

Reading the synopsis told me there was a story here like none I had read in recent months. A story of a young woman on a journey, making mistakes as we all do, making wrong choices at times, and all of this rooted in a life which had provided its share of hurts and abuses.

In taking writing workshops and classes, instructors have told me to “loosen up your writing, write like you talk.” Marie Abanga does just that. I “listened” as I read to the cadences of her mother tongue and her speech pattern. I heard in them the description given her as a child, “a jolly kid.” Despite her woes and difficulties, Marie always seems to find the joy in life.

Marie established for herself a model to live by: the three D’s consisting of Determination, Discipline, and Dedication. A young woman struggles to live by these guideposts during the most difficult of times. And she survives!

Eventually, Marie finds where her faith rests. She considers her memoir:

My Story of Faith and God’s unconditional love for me and writing this book is My Therapy.

Marie’s memoir carries an extraordinary life message of how to turn life around when it has reached a point of almost no return. I highly recommend it to anyone looking for a message of survival via the three D’s.

Meet the Author:

I am a woman just like every other. I am a lawyer by professions, a mother, an ex-wife, a daughter, a sister, a lover and a friend to many. I am currently completing an LLM in International Law with International Relations from the University of Kent, Brussels School of International Studies and work as the Woman in Parliaments Global Forum Regional Coordinator for Africa.

I am a dynamic, determined, disciplined and dedication young woman and a feminist. Yes, I am a woman who tried to live a parallel life, tried to commit suicide, and tried to hide away in adulteries and failed woefully.

I currently live in Brussels, Belgium.

Connect with Marie here:



LinkedInMarie A. Abanga

Facebook: Let’s Go Merry with Marie

Book Details:
Published: February 20, 2014
Paperback and e-book available: ISBN-10: 1495482715 / ISBN-13: 978-1495482717

Where to Purchase: Available from Amazon.



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