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Loving Maria

by t-r-robinson

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To Love. To Be Loved.

Though Maria longed for a family of her own, she was not prepared to allow the conventions and expectations of society to manipulate her into a marriage of convenience. To her an arranged marriage or one without love were anathema. However, will she be able to withstand the pressures, demands and expectations of society and church doctrine? Her natural beauty combined with her caring, loving and intelligent character as well as her marriageable age do not help. While some quietly admire and hope, one becomes an obsessed stalker and another decides no one else has a right to her and contemplates steps to ensure she becomes his alone. Will Maria be able to withstand all the pressures or will she be forced to accept the life of compromise she has been determined to avoid or will her life be forfeited in the effort?

Reviews

  • Amazon Review

    This is the second book I have read by T.R. Robinson. The first being ‘Tears of Innocence’ telling the true story of the authors life following the death of her mother at the tender age of five and the traumatic life she suffered after her mother died. I was eager to read ‘Loving Maria’ based on the life of her mother as a young woman. The story is set at a time when social norms and culture meant choices were very limited for women. Where women had very little say in their life but it was governed by social class, who they married and life circumstances commonly out of their control. It seems unbelievable now in our modern era that this was normal life for women back in the early 1900s. Maria came from a wealthy, loving family wanting to live on and care for the estates she had grown up on. A plague sweeps through her homeland which claims the life of her two sisters leaving Maria and her mother the only survivors of her immediate family. Her mother wants the best for Maria and encourages her to go to Vienna to study medicine, which she does and on returning home opens a clinic treating people through both traditional and modern medicine. Being an intelligent, attractive young woman seems to set Maria up as a desirable catch and a lot of the book is about the many men who try to win her as a wife. A woman with such potential and her mother seem powerless to control the persistent pressure for Maria to marry one of these suitors. I will go no further as to spoil the story but I was left feeling troubled that even though Maria who had so much going for her she was still at the mercy of the powers that would have her submit.