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Twisted Threads

Veronica Bennetts

Twisted Threads is a story that will grip you from the very first page as it delves into deep human issues within a spellbinding story.
Albert Connors, a bullying father, abuses his four children - Sadie, James, Bruce and Connie - sexually, emotionally and physically. In this heart-wrenching and fast moving story, the Connors family, as damaged adults, work through a series of dramatic and life changing events involving unwanted pregnancy, the acceptance of a disfigured child, sexual inadequacy, betrayal, and violence involving a near-fatal stabbing, eventually experiencing the healing power of love.
Moving through the story is Oliver Lockwood, a quietly charismatic and impressive priest who has a profound effect on every member of the family. In one act of passionate indiscretion, he breaks his self-imposed vow of celibacy with a member of the Connors family and is forced to face its consequences when Clara, wife of Bruce, finds she is pregnant. Through a life-threatening illness and the need for a bone marrow transplant, the child's paternity is revealed, and Oliver has to face the emotional fallout of the revelation.
This story will hold you transfixed from the very beginning as the twisted threads of pain begin to unravel and the theme becomes inspirational, leaving its indelible mark on the reader.

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Veronica is a musician, teacher and writer whose career spans composing, writing, theatre direction and teaching. Studying music, English literature and education at Cambridge, she also holds a master of education degree from Liverpool University. One of her main loves is teaching young people of all ages and abilities, using in particular the power of the story as a tool to aid creativity. She was the director of education and in-house writer for Stagecoach Theatre Arts and music co-ordinator of the Chester Mystery Plays. She is deeply interested in young people who have been damaged or who struggle with the impact of early life events. Whilst training as a volunteer for the N.S.P.C.C. she learnt more about the tenacity and courage that characterise so many young victims. These insights have influenced her writing of Twisted Threads, Unravellings and Rogue Strands. Veronica has written and compiled many performing arts works (music, story and lyrics), and now devotes her time to her passion for writing, her work on a hospital pastoral team, her four grown-up children, her many grandchildren, and - of course - her two golden retriever dogs. Her late husband was the Bishop of Coventry.