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- Publisher: Createspace
- Format: Paperback | 498 pages
- Dimensions: 152mm x 229mm x 28mm | 826g
- Publication date: 19 October 2013
- ISBN 10: 1475196652
- ISBN 13: 9781475196658
- Illustrations note: black & white illustrations
Darkened by too many shattered dreams, Groomsridge takes our heroine, Margaret (Maggie) Ellison, from the deprivation of childhood, through the physical and emotional tumult of her teens, into the nightmare of an abusive marriage. Endlessly unfulfilled days compel her to forsake familial ties and seek the imagined spiritual completeness of a solitary life. A change of continent brings light to dispell the darkness and hope through a romantic and pivotal counterpoint. Her prince satisfies a treasured dream. But it is what happens after the shoe fits, that rivets the reader, as the plot explodes beneath conflicting facets of love; faith, trust, and familial bonding. Groomsridge examines one woman's progression away from the constraints of our hyper-connected age into a softer world where love is understood and accepted. Lush and long, Groomsridge is alive with sensual descriptions, tender moments of familial compassion, and intense drama that are melded into an intellectually gratifying exploration of current issues and events. Groomsridge whisks the reader into its story. It places authentic and believable characters into compellingly credible yet extraordinary situations. Groomsridge is much more than a love story, it is a story about what it means to love.
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Groomsridge is the debut work by a fresh voice in American fiction; Emma Spencer Chapman. A long time observer of human behavior and student of psychology, Chapman's work discards the trite and formulaic "mean girl" drama of recent mainstream fiction. Instead, she weaves authentic and believable characters into compelling situations that reveal the natural power of familial ties to provide gut-twisting crisis and turmoil. By permitting her characters to share their rich internal dialogue with the reader, Chapman provides a reflective and intellectually satisfying literary experience for modern thinking women. Chapman lives to write in the San Francisco Bay Area.