Are you looking for an unforgettable story with history, romance about a formidable young girl who grows into an even more formidable woman. Travel along with Lubelia Alycea for an unforgettable story.
This story was written in 2010 but not published until August 2021. It is dedicated and in memory of my grandmother who lived to be 100.5. She was cantankerous and stubborn and always got her way. No one crossed her if they wanted to be in her favor. I was fortunate because I was one of her favorites. So she told me! Ha! We had some fun times together. She always made me laugh and entertained me with stories of her experiences growing up. She was a strong person who survived more than most which only made her stronger. I loved and admired her for her courage and resilience. I miss her still! She has been gone for a dozen years now.
She was also a source of support for me whenever I needed her. She was always there to lend a hand. For all that she did for me, I am eternally grateful. This story is my way of saying ’thank you, Avoa.’
Over the many years I asked my grandmother many questions and received many intriguing answers. This story was created out of this information I received from her. It gave me the basis for an historical/fiction/romance that I’m sure my Avoa (grandmother in Portuguese) would have loved.
Do you know much about your grandparents’ lives? If they are still alive, ask them about their past. You will gain a surprising amount of knowledge and history that will be invaluable to you and your offspring. Pass it on to each generation. Don’t let your family’s history die with them. I have shared some of my grandmother’s stories with my kids and grandkids and hope that they will always appreciate what their great grandparents and great great grandparents sacrificed for them. I truly believe that my grandparents’ generation was the greatest one of all.
Lubelia Alycea leaves her native country of Madeira, Portugal to travel to her new home – America.
This is the story of how a strong, resilient young girl grows into a formidable woman. She must survive many tragedies in her lifetime, separation from family, sickness, death, betrayal, and a lost love. Will she find happiness and a new love in her life?
Will she be strong enough to face the storms ahead and still keep her family together? Will the secrets in her life destroy her and all that she holds dear?
If you haven’t read this book yet, I hope that you will check it out online soon. That would make my grandmother quite pleased with you. It’s important to always be in her good graces. You don’t want to disappoint her. You wouldn’t like her if she were angry. Ha!
Here are some reviews from Amazon:
Grandparents are special and supply us with not only love, support and comfort but they share a wealth of information about the past that we would not know without them. They lived tough lives during difficult times that we may never see, hopefully, in our lifetimes. I am thankful for all that my grandparents sacrificed for my family and our generations to come. They gave up so much, lived with less just so that we could have more and be able to live more rewarding and fulfilling lives.
As a grandparent I hope I can give my grandchildren something special to remember me by. Of course, my life has been so much easier than my parents or my grandparents lives all due to their sacrifices. I will do what I can to give them all the love and support that I can. No one knows what our world will be like in generations to come. I only pray that my offspring will live full, rich and happy lives and remember me fondly.
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