The publicity material for "An Unplanned Encounter: Two Lives Forever Changed" by Jonathan Husband, states that the storyline is based on true events. The author himself being the result of the rape of his mother by a lodger at her parent's boarding house during the war.
In the book twenty-year-old Mary Louise struggles for self-respect and safety in the aftermath of the attack. When she learns she is pregnant, she fights to keep the child and raise him alone.
Being that I am, a native born American of Scottish, Swedish & English heritage, I was excited to read Mr. Husband's story because it took me to places that I have only dreamed of, whence I came, one might say.
I could readily relate to "time and place" because I was born in 1944 and was most interested to learn how the people of northern Europe had faired with their war-time battles to survive all that "war" entails.
This story had an interesting concept, in that, it tells of the distress and unhappiness brought to people, most, through no fault of their own. When governments disagree, it is truly the inhabitants that are the first to suffer.
And this story illustrates how an unwed mother really had no voice of her own and was compelled to obey her parents or suffer the persecution of her neighbors and villagers where she lived.
I found this story believable.
Would I recommend it to others? YES!
Jonathan R. Husband, a pseudonym, was born in York, England and spent much of his early life in remote areas of Yorkshire. He attended Nunthorpe Grammar School in York, and Hull University, Yorkshire. Husband currently lives in Northern California. He has two children, both married. He recently completed a career in Human Resources and retired from the University of California. His Website is http://jonathanhusband.com/
"An Unplanned Encounter: Two Lives Forever Changed"
by Jonathan R. Husband ISBN9781483408088
Published 10 March 2014