MARIA – 15th NOVEL IN THE SERIES
Ronnie has asked John and Nicola to translate and make a typewritten copy of the diaries left behind by Maria when she and her family left Crete for America.
Events that Maria considered important are recorded by her as a way to improve her reading and writing skills. She describes the mundane life of her and her sister growing up in the village as innocent young girls, learning how to cook, sew and weave ready for when she marries. Despite her innocence, Maria becomes determined to marry the man of her choice and uses all her guile to ensure she has her own way, despite a result she had not anticipated.
When tragedy strikes her sister the situation is covered up by lies to preserve the good name of the family. It is only later, when rumours circulate about Maria’s adopted daughter and the news from Europe is disconcerting that arrangements are made to go to America. That is when the family’s finances are laid bare and a very unpleasant secret is revealed.