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Reviewed by K.J. Simmill for Readers' Favorite
Mary's Journey Begins (Cramped Quarters Book 2) is a short story by Ron Shaw. It was the dawn of a new century; 1899 was becoming 1900 and the Mother Superior was all set to ensure the children knew this was an event to remember. But for Mary it marked more than the transition into a new century. She had been abandoned as a baby, raised by the Catholic orphanage, but now it was time for her to move on. Filled with dread she moved on to this new life, but the future promised for her by Mrs Meuller had been naught but a lie. She had sought nothing more than a slave, a girl who would cook, clean, and attend to the needs of her tenants. When Mary was old enough, Mrs Meuller announced she had found Mary a job, night shift, seven days a week, where Mary would supply the wages directly to her, and she would choose if and when Mary could have any. But although Mary worked hard, relieved to have a measure of freedom from the woman, she had her eyes on an escape.
Mary's Journey Begins (Cramped Quarters Book 2) is a punchy short story by Ron Shaw, written in an informal crisp style. It is a compelling read, and certainly something you won't be able to tear yourself away from until you've got all the answers. Mary's character is well developed, an optimist in spite of the difficulties she has faced. She knows if she works hard enough she can be free, but the freedom she receives is not what she envisioned. Gripping, with just the right amount of description to let the reader's imagination pull them along for the ride.