Free to Be Tegan by Mary Grand

FreetoBeTegan‘You are dead to us’
Tegan, aged twenty seven, is cast out of the cult, rejected by her family and the only life she has known. She is vulnerable and naïve but she also has courage and the will to survive. She travels to Wales, to previously unknown relations in the wild Cambrian Mountains.
This is the uplifting story of her journey to find herself and flourish in a world she has been taught to fear and abhor.
Guilt and shadows from her past haunt her in flashbacks, panic attacks and a fear of the dark. However she also finds a world full of colour, love and happiness she has never known before. The wild beauty of the hills, the people she meets and the secrets slowly revealed by the cottage all provide an intriguing backdrop to Tegan’s drama.
The novel is set in spring, a story of hope, new growth, of the discovery of self and the joy of living.
Reader review:
“The beautiful painting of a Welsh poppy on the cover of this debut novel promises much – a promise generously fulfilled. The central story of Tegan making a new life for herself after expulsion from her cruel cult where she has lived since a child is both unusual and totally convincing. I became more and more engrossed as the story went on and Tegan’s painful yet heart-warming recovery progressed. The backdrop of the Welsh hills, the birds and flowers make the landscape part of Tegan – and the man she comes to love – ensuring that she will endure and triumph. The many other characters are lively and realistic and the constantly shifting plot is well controlled and crafted. The very last chapter to this life-affirming story is beautifully crafted, surprising and genuinely moving. It’s a great first novel – I’m looking forward to Mary Grand’s next one!”


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