Pub: Mary Grand
‘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.
Being cast out from a community in which she has lived since she was five years old, means Tegan is now cut off from all that she has ever known.
Alone with only one place to go, an unknown uncle and aunts in Wales, she finds that she isn’t exactly welcomed.
Leaving London for a quiet village in Wales, Tegans cossetted life has not prepared her for life on the ‘outside’. Afraid of almost everything and knowing nothing of ‘real’ life Tegan has to find her way in a world that she has been conditioned to think of as evil. She is vulnerable and with the help of her cousin Cerys, she slowly finds her way to somehow fit in.
Not only that, there is a secret that Tegans mother has insisted that her Uncle Ellis keep from her.
Tegan’s journey is quite astonishing, and Mary Grands novel about life after living in a Cult is realistically told.
Although a work of fiction Free to be Tegan is a familiar tale told by most that have gone through this experience. The difficulties that they are faced with and the contradictions of their beliefs when faced with the realities and the truth of everyday life.
I found this a fascinating read and it is a tale that I can personally identify with. It is a beautifully descriptive novel with an extraordinary theme, it is also a novel that I am happy to recommend. It really is quite different.