Handcuffed to a Ghost

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Trafford Publishing, 2005 - Fiction - 428 pages
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Anna McKenzie's sheltered childhood was overwhelmed by the Roman Catholic Church. The house in which she was born was within yards of the church, her family's life revolved completely around the church, the priests and everything which flowed from them. As the fifth of seven children, she realised at a young age that she was different. Her likeness to her dead grandmother began as something of which she was proud, but eventually became her first ghost. At the age of twelve, Anna thought her ghost had been exorcised, but worse was to come when the Holy Mother Church, of which she had been such a loyal believer, turned out to be a ghost from which she could not extricate herself...that is, until tragedy had struck her friend and the realisation dawned on her that all was not what it seemed with this massive, all consuming, moneymaking and at times, life-destroying organisation, which she had grown to hate rather than love.

As Anna tried to unlock the handcuffs, by putting her thoughts and feelings down on paper, her life took a new turn. Her beliefs changed beyond recognition as her home city of Cardiff was rocked by the murder of a high profile cleric and her family life was rocked by a devastating revelation. Anna's story is moving, yet humorous. The book is dedicated to the author's parents who died, knowing nothing of what had been happening within their beloved church and more significantly within their beloved family. For that, she is eternally grateful.

As the faithful still struggle to deal with the realisation of the sins which have been committed against so many of their children, by men to whom they have gone to confess their sins, Anna finally manages to free herself from the most all-enveloping ghost in her life.

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