Published: 28/02/2015
ISBN: 9781784620851
eISBN: 9781784629946
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A Strange Mother
by M. L. Reid

“My mother made a decision that would change my life. I was never to see my dad or know him. She decided to emigrate to the Caribbean with me at the age of two years, unannounced, with no finances or place to live. 
Her intention was to escape the law and take revenge on my father.”

Set partly in England and partly in Jamaica, A Strange Mother is the evocative and dramatic real-life tale of M. L. Reid, whose mother kidnapped her from her father after she had lost custody of her. In revenge, the young child was taken away to Jamaica and lived there with her mother for over fifteen years, in severe hardship, and was subjected to mental, psychological and physical abuse at the hands of her mother.

Years later, M. L. Reid was fortunate to return to the UK and, when reunited with her mother, made an extraordinary discovery about the dark world her mother was involved in. She learned, with pure disbelief, that powerful and often evil spells had systematically been cast upon her by a supernatural power, with the intention of destroying her.

“I am a mother and it doesn’t matter what my children do or say – they are my flesh and blood. I could never be so cold to inflict a curse on them and watch them fall in life.
To do so, one would have to be a strange mother.”

A Strange Mother is M. L. Reid’s harrowing true tale, which will appeal mainly to fans of autobiographies. It bears many similarities to Ugly by Constance Briscoe.

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This is a dark tale of kidnapping, child abuse and supernatural forces worthy of any Stephen King Novel. You have to keep reminding yourself that this harrowing example of man's inhumanity to man, is actually an autobiography and some where in this world a little girl suffered unimaginably at the hands of her own family.

Although some terrible things happen to the author in this book and it starts off as a very difficult and emotional read, don't be put off by that, keep reading, as what this book is really about is the resilience and indomitable spirit of the author and her ability to triumph over adversity. In spite of everything she has been through, the author demonstrates that you do not have to be defined by the negative experiences in your life, you can put them behind you and create a positive future. A gripping, emotional rollercoaster of a book that deals with some taboo subjects head on and thus whilst it is not suitable for young children, it should otherwise have wide appeal.

by David Coffey

A Truely sad and remarkable story very touching. I pray that she will come true God will be with you so sad. From start to finish the book was gripping I couldn't put it down the most frightening was the confrontation and her discovery who was really casting the spells she had been experiencing for years.

by Becks


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