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Delia Dreenan flees after witnessing her mother’s bestial rape and murder at the hands of her father, only to endure even more unimagineable horrors, as she journeys through Ireland ravaged by the Great Famine. Haunted by nightmarish images, she endures much suffering and hardship as she struggles to escape her past and overcome the constant threat of starvation. She is rescued on the point of death by members of the Irish aristocracy and, whilst living in ‘the big house’, forms a close bond with the couple's daughter,Magdalen. There is further tragedy when the ‘strangling angel' claims the child, and Delia is plagued once more by a need to escape. She decides to leave Ireland forever and, with the help of her benefactors, she sails to begin a new life in America.She is robbed of her travel documents on the quayside in Liverpool and a young sailor, (Daniel) comes to her aid and takes her to lodge with his family. They marry and are blissfully happy, until one day Daniel's touch inadvertently triggers a nightmare and Delia flees from him in hysteria. The resulting estrangement threatens to tear them apart and, at risk of losing him, she wrestles with the impossible dilemma of confessing her dark secrets, at risk of losing the man she loves, or withholding them at risk of her sanity.
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'Mans' inhumanity to Man makes countless thousands mourn.' Robbie Burns.
Working on this book was one of the most emotional experiences of my life. I felt possessed by the characters from the early stages and I believe it's the main reason Delia and her family are so believable and incredibly human, and why they touch the hearts of the readers, both male and female.
Time after time, I hear the same praise, 'I felt as though I'd known these people all my life', and I feel no shame in admitting I cried when I came to the end of The Strangling Angel. The characters and I had been through so much together and together we had triumphed. The realization was glorious.
It was a foregone conclusion there would have to be more. So, for all the loyal people who supported Book 1, the sequel is almost finished and should be out very soon.
I humbly thank you, and those countless victims who can no longer speak for themselves, they also thank you, for bringing into the light one of recent history's most tragic episodes, The Great Irish Famine.
At the time, the Great Hunger was referred to as a 'holocaust', and it surely qualifies as one of modern mans' worst travesties and a most blatant example of Mans' Inhumanity to Man.'
Elizabeth was born and educated in England and now lives near Toronto in Canada. A keen genealogist and artist, she donates most of her canvases to raise funds for cancer research. Elizabeth loves the sound of her own voice and has recorded several audio books for The Canadian National Institute for the Blind. She is currently writing a sequel.
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Book Description CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2010. Paperback. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX1456471325
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