This book is a heart wrenching novel of survival and hope that follows Georgie from the age of three to seventeen along a dark, unpredictable journey as she faces abuse and destitution. We see that with God all things are possible as He rescues her from forced prostitution to Salvation through his people.
Gloria, born in London just after WW2, grew up on a council estate where she was physically and sexually abused by her father. She now lives on the south coast of England and enjoys her three children and five grandchildren.
When she first retired, she started to write and illustrate phonics-focused picture storybooks for small children, designed to help children learn to read in a fun way. She has so far published 37 of the 42 books needed.
As a child when abuse was hidden, not believed, and not acknowledged, Gloria’s experiences resulted in an emotional life sentence. She managed to turn this around and wrote her two-part memoir to assure other survivors that there is hope of recovery.
Book 1 is entitled ‘One Small Word – Surviving childhood abuse’.
Book 2 is entitled ‘NO – sequel to One Small Word’.
Gloria, now writing her first adult fiction book, is still passionate about uncovering social issues that are not talked about enough, thus stigmatising survivors. She wants to change this for those who’ve suffered enough already. She also wants them to know that, like her, they can find peace through a personal faith in God, who unconditionally understands, accepts and loves us.
Five-year-old Georgie was born to a single mum, Florrie, just after the end of WWII. Her real dad, Alfie, was married to someone else and had children with his wife. For the first few years of Georgie's life, she was happy, especially when her daddy stayed with her and her mummy for two nights each week. Then mummy got pregnant, Alfie would not increase his support, and following an argument her mummy and daddy split up. Her mummy married, Gerald. Gerald sexually abused and threatened Georgie. Eventually Georgie disclosed to her mummy, who would not believe her - even when Mummy's best friend, Pattie, attempted to consolidate Georgie's story.
Shattered Pieces can Still Shine
Georgie crept carefully back into her bedroom and under the covers. She lay there reflecting on her present situation. She knew that she was in danger from her monster stepfather, and that Mummy was clearly not on her side, so she could no longer count on her protection. She knew that she really needed to get away from this place, but she remembered Gerald’s threat of hurting both her and Daisy if she ever told anyone. Now he knew that she had told Mummy, and maybe even thought she had told Pattie. Georgie desperately wanted to run away for her own safety. But how could she leave Daisy at risk – maybe even greater risk than before? Would that monster turn his attentions towards Daisy if Georgie was no longer around to vent his twisted needs on? Georgie couldn’t take that risk, especially now that Mummy was expecting another baby. Supposing Mummy got ill again. Who would look after her now that she was no longer friends with Pattie? No, Georgie was stuck. She had no choice but to stay and hope that Gerald wouldn’t hurt her and Daisy while Mummy was around. Maybe Mummy would stop going to the women’s group if she no longer had Pattie to go with. If so, Georgie wouldn’t be left alone with Gerald. Georgie eventually fell asleep hoping upon hope that this would be the case.