The way Maria was treated as a child and as an adult was certainly horrific and I am pleased she survived. However I wouldn’t recommend this book. It rambles on and on and is more a self help book for victims such as she was. I feel a bit mean saying this of the author who is to be admired for her survival skills, her great courage, her tenacity, and her loving nature but the truth is for me it was a badly written book. But of course she’s not a writer ... I think she would have been great as a voice over in a documentary or similar.