Women’s Fiction/ Historical fiction
Date Published: 10-22-2021
Publisher: Clara Publishing
Based on a true story, “Defiance and Redemption, A Lifetime of Unbroken Bonds,” brings to life the joys, dramas, and triumphs of two sisters, Eva and Victoria Alisio and their loyal friend Marta. The sisters are raised by their atheist Grandfather Marcus and religious Grandmother Maria Luisa. Eva, a proud and strong-willed young woman defies her family, society, and culture, and faces scandal and disgrace, for her actions but chooses self-determination over patriarchal dominance. The young women’s bond of love, humor and perseverance, carries them through ordinary and extraordinary losses, triumphs, and ultimately to their destiny in the United States.
An important novel about 20th Century women in Ecuador, South America, the events are as relevant today as they were one hundred years ago. Defiance and Redemption, is an absorbing epic that moves through decades and destinies. It blends personal and historical events into a collective tale of self-determination, love, and sisterhood.
Maria J. Andrade was born in Ecuador, South America, and raised in New York and California.
After three decades, Maria retired as a licensed psychotherapist. She studied Amazonian shamanism in the 90s and when appropriate, used the principles in her private practice in psychotherapy.
After three decades, Maria retired as a licensed psychotherapist. She founded the Wise Women’s Circle a ritualistic and transpersonal study group where women support each other in healing and growth of mind, body, and spirit which continues to today.
For over twenty five years, Maria Andrade’s books for children and adults are found in a variety of genres. This is an unforgettable first novel that reflects her imagination and creative storytelling.
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