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La Marmonie

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I have three novels complete. Two are up on the site, and I am currently editing the last one I've written.

I am grateful for any feedback and backings. I would love to know what you think.

WARNING - contains some Trinidad dialect. I would like to know if it gets in the way of the flow of your reading.

I read a lot of literary, and commercial fiction, and run a book group.

I've done a few writing courses, and got a Certificate in Creative Writing ....no big deal. But I try to write most days.

Amongst other things, I have also been a lecturer in Business and Marketing, and ran my own business.

I am happy to read your books and comment. I don't mind you asking me. But it would be nice if you read mine first.

Interested agents, my email address is: marilynrodwell@gmail.com

favourite books

A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini; Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini; A House for Mr Biswas, (plus others) by V.S.Naipaul; The God of Small Things by Arundhuti Roy; Keeping Faith by Jodi Picoult; The Red Tent by Anita Diamant; The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood; Chocolat by Joanne Harris; Angela's Ashes by Frank McCourt; Sleep Pale Sister by Joanne Harris
Small Island by Andrea Levy; Memoirs of a Geisha by Authur Golden;Damage, by Josephine Hart;To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee

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God of the Cocoa

Marilyn Rodwell

It is 1918 Trinidad. Latchmin is ten, and keen on school, instead of working in the cane field, or planting rice.

She comes home from school one day to find that her parents have arranged a marriage for her. This breaks the promise her mother made to her - that she can stay at school and finish her education. The boy they've chosen is a complete stranger, and the marriage is due to take place within a year. Latchmin is horrified that her mother, who believes herself to be a modern woman in that new complex environment, is reverting to traditions, and what their ancestors have brought from India. Hindu customs appear to take over, because the religion is strong. It is unlucky for a girl to start puberty whilst still at home. That brings fear to the family.

Latchmin struggles to find a way out of it, helped by her friend, Sumati, who is a little older. But things get worse. They are still children and not mature enough to solve the problem to their satisfaction on their own. Out of her depth, Latchmin struggles to be sensible, until she is blamed for Sumati's behaviour and disappearance. She is upset, but cannot give up now.


Deep in the Cocoa

Marilyn Rodwell

A hurricane leaves them homeless. How do they continue with five children from 18 months to 12 years old?

Deep in the Cocoa, is at the heart of the Cocoa trilogy, set in 1933 Trinidad. 12 year old TARA is unaware that she is exploited by her family.

School is compulsory, yet Tara has missed much. But she believes she is doing a good for her family. While her sisters go to school each day, Tara remains at home doing menial tasks.

Her grandmother is not happy with this, or how her parents have treated her. So she tries to persuade Tara to return to school. But the when she does, the gaps in Tara's knowledge cause her embarrassment.

However, her grandmother is determined that Tara will have a future...she will not end up working in her father's cocoaland all her life. She turns towards the old traditional way. And Tara is not best pleased....

How can she fight her grandmother's will?

She needs an accomplice.....


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Andreea Daia wrote 90 days ago

Hi Marilyn– Would you be interested in a swap read? I write scienc....

Lara wrote 117 days ago

Marilyn, remember me? Any chance you can review either of my books pl....

Lourdes wrote 119 days ago

Marilyn, Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a happy and healthy New Y....

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Lara wrote 149 days ago

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I wrote 522 days ago

I was intrigued by the title, and thought I'd read it. A lovely story and rather sweet. And I like the fact that it is God who made the child so special. A good thing to help with self confidence. Not sure if the story is a bit too short. Or maybe too sweet to grab a child's attention. But I am assu... view book

I wrote 532 days ago

A fascinating insight into a mind someone turning into a vampire .....or so it seems, from the first chapter. It is not my usual genre, but I was hooked by your clear style. The use of first person helped me to see the story from the POV of Eve. Your graphic descriptions and telling of Eve's dilemma... view book

I wrote 542 days ago

The setting is familiar to most people, and so it grabs the reader immediately. The birth of a baby is also familiar, and it sets a happy scene. You include details which also keep the reader's interest - Oncology, etc.,and makes the reader feels he is actually there on the scene. The dialogue i... view book

I wrote 563 days ago

An unusual and interesting premise. The idea of bears in slavery is most intriguing. I've read the first 2 chapters. Very sad. Some good writing. Your setting and descriptions are quite vivid...."A gauzy plastic bag ascended the sky like a jellyfish..." Fabulous imagery. However, I feel that it has... view book

I wrote 567 days ago

I have a feeling I've read this before, but some time ago. First of all, it is powerful, but has the potential to be far more so. I like what you are doing here, but there are a few things you can change if you like. I think you should start with the 2nd pgh. It is a brilliant start. Cut the fir... view book

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