ARLEEN PATRICIA MERCORELLA
This is the story of Frances, my mother. A story one may think is unbelievable, although I can assure you this story was based on true facts. It is one woman's illustration of how she coped even in the most adverse of times.
This book is a personal reflection of stories my mother told me about her life as well as having lived a part of it. The validation of family lore from the little family I have left has made me recognize that my mother exhibited extraordinary strength and courage and managed to survive it all. She set a remarkable example, perservering through so many challenges while still keeping her faith in God. Maybe as a child I didn't quite understand how difficult it must have been for her as a single parent, considering the many obstacles she faced, but years later, when raising my own family, I tried to follow her example and came to realize this inspirational story needed to be told. Hence, this novel was created.