In 1906 I was barely over 14 years old, and it was my wedding day. My older sister, Helen, came to my room, took me by the hand, and sat me down on the bed. She said, "You've always been a good girl, Maude, and done what I told you. Now you're going to be a married woman, and he will be the head of the house. When you go home tonight after your party, no matter what he wants to do to you, you have to let him do it. Do you understand?" I didn't understand, but I nodded my head anyway. It sounded strange to me, the way so many things did. I would do what she told me. I didn't have a choice, any more than I'd had a choice in being born.
©2014 Donna Mabry (P)2015 Dreamscape Media, LLC
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5 out of 5 stars
By JH on 17-04-16

A tough women with a tough life, yet very enlightening.

Every time something good happens in Maude's life something tragic would be up next. Her story of perseverance and dedication to her values and beliefs are amazing. As a whole her life's story is unremarkable, however the way she persevered through loss after loss, struggling through the depression and troubled marriages, is inspiring and shows depth in the life of all of us.

I found myself analyzing my life while reading this hoping that I'm not the type of husband that George was. I'm trying to be a good son like her Gene was.

The narration was excellent and made the book that much more enjoyable to listen to.

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5 out of 5 stars
By E F on 23-11-15

Almost an autobiography

This book is so amazing, it was written by Maude's granddaughter but feels like an autobiography due to the detail of emotional honesty.

It was really interesting -and sad- to hear this lady's journey through life that included so much death and poverty but somehow she kept going. One of my favorite parts of the story is how her mother in law tried to kill her and still she lived under the same roof as her. Eventually the old lady died of the flu, the whole time staring Maude down with hate as she wiped vomit off her. Later, she feels the urge to kill her own daughter in law, even though she lived through the same treatment!

The whole story shows you that if we are being honest, none of us is perfect, we are all human and flawed. Even the strongest and hardest working among us. I think this is a great story of human spirit and endurance. I loved it!

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