At the age of seventeen, Mary Harper has already led a full and hectic life; surviving poverty, hardship, and an alcoholic father, to become a beautiful, charismatic and charming young woman. Mary has a job she loves, her first boyfriend, wonderful caring friends and money to spend – at least everything is seemingly perfect.
That is, until one fateful night when Mary’s world comes crashing down around her. Having been brutally raped, she slowly becomes stripped of everything that made her life great – her happiness, freedom, family, friends and finally, her sanity.
After her rapist poisons her father’s mind with vicious lies; a now-pregnant Mary gets a diagnosis that will change her life forever and once she’s locked up in the lunatic asylum, it seems like she has lost all hope of every living a normal, happy life.
What will happen to her child? How will she cope with the violence, abuse and brutal so-called treatments at the lunatic asylum? Will Mary ever be free from the ‘Big House’? Will she ever find the love and happiness she deserves and so desperately craves?
Set in the rural region on Kilbarra in the 1930s: The Journey will take you back to a time where life was harder, tougher and much more challenging. Closely following Mary’s asd story; the lives of her mother, sister, two brothers and the illegal antics of her alcoholic father; this book will draw you into the lives of these characters and the intriguing ways of this small rural community.