Mail Order Bride
GenreFiction / Drama
Age Rating:R15
Submitted:Friday, 5 December 2008
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This book is the embodiment of many issues of the darker side of today’s society. Auckland city is chosen because of her cosmopolitan features, as well as the presence of immigrants, new and old. There are mail order brides from all over the world. This story could happen in any big city in the world.

Boorish blue collar worker Norman, reacting to his nagging wife Diane of twenty years to improve himself physically and intellectually, indulges in a torrid affair with a young Polynesian girl. Diane’s drastic weight loss and obsession to success had driven him away, and they separate. Gary introduces Norman to a mail order bride website, while benefiting from this business arrangement.

Emma, the antagonist arrives in New Zealand not as a beautiful diminutive Filipino girl. Instead she is in her late thirties and is fat and ugly. Emma cheats on Norman resulting in a murder suicide of her lover Robert and Norman. Pregnant Emma is deported back to the Philippines with a resolution, “I will be back!”

Emma returns to New Zealand as Isabella, a tourist and entraps weak-willed wimpy bachelor Gilbert to a marriage of convenience. Bored by marriage to a dull poor traveling tradesman, Isabella seeks solace and fun with one night stands. Isabella persuades Gilbert to adopt her love child from her liaison with Robert. Isabella meets young Jamie and makes him her toy boy showering him with expensive gifts. Isabella is exposed, in the process Gilbert suffers a massive heart attack and dies.

Mother and daughter rivalry turns bad. Jamie becomes her Romeo con man and leaves. Christine is scouted to be a child model with the approval of Isabella. Unknowingly, Christine falls prey to Matt, a sex predator and child pornographer.

The hideous business is exposed by a victim’s father and the perpectrators are sent to jail. Isabella’s heinous past is also exposed across the ditch in Australia.

Christine runs away from foster care and joins a street gang and gets involved in all sorts of childhood shenanigans. The gang king pin makes her a child prostitute while pretending to be her lover. A serious car collision results in tragedy, six kids are killed.

Christine is made pregnant by her client, and she adopts the baby out. She finds out Isabella is her biological mum who gave her blood to save her after her suicide attempt. The two reconcile.

Healing comes with love shown by Connie who takes it upon herself to stand by Christine.

Crime doesn’t pay, and catches up on Isabella.

 

List of chapters

Ch. 1 Prologue
Ch. 2 Norman, the spurned husband
Ch. 3 Murder Suicide
Ch. 4 Gilbert, the Weak-willed Wimp
Ch. 5 Jamie, The Toy Boy
Ch. 6 Jamie, The Romeo Conman
Ch. 7 Christine, mother-daughter rivalry
Ch. 8 Matt, The Pedophile
Ch. 9 Retribution
Ch. 10 Lost Childhood
Ch. 11 Tragedy
Ch. 12 Healing
Ch. 13 Epilogue I
Ch. 14 Epilogue II
Ch. 15 Glossary

Comments

P. Clifford Mills Wednesday, 5 September 2012
This is lively, has promise! However, it also strings together lots of cliched expressions that give it a stale, read-it-all before feel. "What are friends for?" "happy as Larry" "bloody kids" "see you in court" "bloody islanders" "had to fork out" "take a look in the mirror". You would do the story a service by inventing a fresh expression for each of these.
 
paul schoaff Friday, 17 April 2009
and, too, since you have the intention of reading the whole thing, you would gain even more of my gratitude if you would read it with the intention of telling me in comments whenever you felt confused, irritated with the author, or bored. I'd like to try to tweak those spots, even it I don't ever get a publisher.
 
paul schoaff Thursday, 16 April 2009
I really appreciate the addition of a glossary. I wish I could print it out for future reference.

Thank you for you comments on my Twin Beeches. Yes, there are parts where considerable dialog is employed, and many chapters that are much shorter than the first five "family history" chapters.

Some readers, I am sure, have stumbled in their promise to read the whole text when they encountered chapters that describe the area, or activities like fox hunting or strip mining. If you are patient, though, you will find that the information helps you picture the characters and to predict their actions.

Thanks again,

Paul Schoaff
 
paul schoaff Saturday, 14 February 2009
Everyone deserves to start with a perfect score.

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