Meet new inhabitants of Rio de Janeiro in this riveting sequel to Seeds of Suffering I, set between 1530 and 1630.
Christina, a young woman who leaves Portugal to escape the sexual abuse of her father and make a new life for herself, finds her hopes for a fresh start dashed when Luis, the man who fools her into marriage, is revealed to be both insane and cruel.
Luis is not the only one victimizing the innocent. Father Aberto Ferrar, a lecherous Jesuit priest, seduces women—including Christina—after hearing their confessions.
Christina’s son, Uxi, falls prey to sexual abuse as well, and hides from society, content to drown his pain in alcohol until he’s miraculously saved by the love of Alexandra, the daughter of a French plantation owner. Alexandra’s good deeds do not stop with Uxi’s rehabilitation; she and her son Uxiano brave great danger to help slaves escape to a hideout deep in the Brazilian interior.
Seeds of Suffering II weaves together the desires, suffering, and redemptions of men and women experiencing the high price and sweeping changes of expanding empires, the dark side of the human heart, and the fire deep within that fuels us all.
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Douglas Reid Copeland is a novelist who was educated at Westminster College in Missouri and has lived in, and visited, over sixty countries.
Born in Brazil to American parents in 1947, he grew up in the Ipanema zone of Rio de Janeiro, a victim of child abuse. Suffering mental trauma, sexual abuse, psychological and frontal castration, toxic shame, neglect, and indifference during his formative and teenage years, Copeland developed chronic issues that marginalized him from society.
Only after being arrested in 1989 did he receive the help he needed to recover from his nightmarish life. After several years of probation and treatment via Dr. Fred Berlin’s recovery program at Johns Hopkins, as well as twenty years of psychiatric therapy, medications, and twelve-step programs, Copeland is finally experiencing the freedom of redemption.
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