The Escape of the Long pig, Connie and Angelina!
According to the author, Gloria, "the 1960s and 70s provide the spirit for this story. It was a time of social ferment, when the young and the young at heart stormed the walls and ceiling of convention" for satisfaction, quest for metaphysical powers and search for fulfilment beyond material. Many crashed and were drown. Some became reborn, born again.
Long hair Connie Lightener, a Catholic girl from a very religious home was kidnapped through spell and brought to be indoctrinated and recruited as a devotee or be sacrificed in a commune (Eterne Sanctuary) headed by Father Williams and Priestess Mara, in an isolated cult settlement far from civilization.
She was entrusted to Angelina (enstranged wife to the most holy) and the two developed a strong emotional attachement, strength of the spirit and a stubborn desire for freedom, and reconection to their loved ones.
Angelina from Hanksburg, population of about three thousand. Why did she follow William when it was Larry LaPena she loved? Because he was poor? Kidnapped or was tricked,... that was not clear except she was under William's spell and attached to him through the engagement and wedding ring given to her. Her Dad was a minister, and she was raised in the Church. "Then she met William and was mesmerized by him and his unorthodox views." She eloped with William to join the commune as William 's wife.
The Holy Ones had required her to give up her baby for Spring Renewal, the first time she had ever heard of long pig. The cult cook and ate the foetus. Sister Travers, was the cook. The Hansel and Gretel witch, the papers had called her.
Sister Margaret, Sister Rose, Sister Elizabeth, Sister Susan…nearly all the women had sacrificed infants prematurely delivered by Mother Mara.
The death of Father William and the fear of the imminent death awaiting them spurred Angelina to escape with Connie. They risked death and other dangers in the bush and their long journey till by chance they came on Ursula who rescued both her and Ursula's daughter, Connie.
Mrs Ursula Lightener , Connie and Angelina then became bonded in an enduring friendship.
Police raided the commune (Eterne Sanctuary ) hideout, arrested and jail the cook and others but Mara and father Anthony escaped justice.
Forgiveness can truly bring peace of mind and recovery- resolved the reborns (Angelina and Connie)
A good story, thought provoking and almost a today's reality, the experience of most who opted for the so called cult religion, spell casting and devilish worship practices.
Got a copy for an honest and non reciprocal review, and is convinced to appreciate the creativity and the style of the author (also, the hard lessons the book taught ) with a five star.
The ending could be better written to remove the impression that it was rushed. A good epilogue is always appreciated.
(reviewed 11 days after purchase)