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Writers Inspiring Change feature book review: The Governor's Daughter

Visceral and powerful!

The Governor's Daughter is a brutal, dystopian read, with a powerful and visceral message, not unlike that of The Handmaid's Tale. In this story, Emma, the daughter of a Governor in the "New America", a dystopian place not too far in the future, where the new Church and State are united, where Purity Police and Watchers are constantly ferreting out undesirables from the population and sending them off to a finite fate, and in this category includes dissidents, anyone who disrespects or speaks out against the regime or the "faith", homosexuals, etc. This is the Puritan "America" - where woman are subjugated as secondary citizens at best, in a patriarchal society where church and state give men complete power over women, power to abuse and even to kill if they fail to live up to their duties. Emma, now coming of age, is fated by her father to marry the most powerful man in America, a sociopathic and violent man who repeatedly beats her and sexually abuses her. Emma finds love in another man, a love affair that surely will destine them to death, but a bond that inescapably draws them together and sends them on a road of resistance against the entire regime. This is not a read for the faint hearted. The author pulls no punches on scenes where Emma is beaten and abused, but then again, it carries a powerful message to the reader, that in such a "puritan" and tyrannical state, where laws have been rewritten to "keep America pure" - the only purity in it is the brutal reality that freedom and democracy have been entirely sacrificed and replaced by a degenerate hypocrisy that hides under the mantle of a religious platform, but is in fact, nothing more than despotism in the hands of sociopaths. The ending is not what one expects - and there will be a sequel. Definitely worth the read.

Review by International Writers Inspiring Change

About Maria Ereni Dampman

Maria Ereni Dampman is an American writer who lives on a small farm in Virginia with her husband, Rich, and far too many critters.

A graduate of West Chester University of Pennsylvania with a B.A. in Communication Studies and Journalism, she’s written and edited for numerous newspapers, magazines, websites and blogs. She’s also an award-winning speechwriter, and the first person from the state of Pennsylvania to become a semifinalist at the Interstate Oratorical Competition. Examples of her winning work has been featured in numerous editions of collegiate textbooks for the past two decades.

Maria is an insatiable animal lover who shares her home with her dogs, cats horses, Mammoth American Jackstock, peafowl and a varying number of chickens depending how hungry the local fox population is. An equestrienne since practically birth, Maria has ridden and shown horses most of her life, her greatest passions being riding aside, trail riding and rehabilitating abused horses in a safe and nurturing atmosphere.

When not riding or writing, Maria is a voracious reader and loves to tinker around in the garden, although she kills more plants than she cultivates. At the end of the day, there’s nothing she loves more than a good glass of wine as she watches the deer.

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