Protection

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Jennifer Southern has lived in Match Box Bay all her life. The Bay is an idyllic coastal town featuring rolling surf, endless beaches with soft white sand and blue skies that stretch forever. But all is not what it seems in the Bay; the balmy summer days and heady nights conceal secretive undercurrents that belie the town’s seemingly casual, friendly atmosphere.
The story is told through Jenny's eyes and the reader is taken on a journey from another person's perspective.
A struggling young mother, Jennifer does what she has to survive.
For as long as she’s been alive, it’s always been that way. Living only for her young daughter, Jennifer rejects the Bay and its townsfolk, just as they rejected her so many years ago.
But when Helen Acland arrives in the Bay from the city, Jennifer is forced to reassess her life and her philosophies as a woman whose troubles outstrip her own, befriends her.
Quite by accident, Helen Acland forces Jennifer to confront the hidden issues that have plagued her for so long, and ultimately strengthens Jennifer’s spirit and will to live, not merely exist. In return, Jennifer brings comfort and support to a woman whose life is very different from hers, yet strikingly similar.
'Protection' is a measured, deceptively simple study of human nature, which subtly challenges and overturns many of society’s norms and expectations. The reader becomes emotionally connected.
Although set in a small town, it is a microcosm of society the world over and will be universal in its appeal.
Gentle and thought provoking, this story will stimulate readers’ minds and have them cheering from the sidelines as both Jennifer and Helen confront their demons – and not only win, but flourish with new-found strength and self awareness.

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Protection

Submitted: January 13, 2008

Jennifer Southern has lived in Match Box Bay all her life. The Bay is an idyllic coastal town featuring rolling surf, endless beaches with soft white sand and blue skies that stretch forever. But all is not what it seems in the Bay; the balmy summer days and heady nights conceal secretive undercurrents that belie the town’s seemingly casual, friendly atmosphere.
The story is told through Jenny's eyes and the reader is taken on a journey from another person's perspective.
A struggling young mother, Jennifer does what she has to survive.
For as long as she’s been alive, it’s always been that way. Living only for her young daughter, Jennifer rejects the Bay and its townsfolk, just as they rejected her so many years ago.
But when Helen Acland arrives in the Bay from the city, Jennifer is forced to reassess her life and her philosophies as a woman whose troubles outstrip her own, befriends her.
Quite by accident, Helen Acland forces Jennifer to confront the hidden issues that have plagued her for so long, and ultimately strengthens Jennifer’s spirit and will to live, not merely exist. In return, Jennifer brings comfort and support to a woman whose life is very different from hers, yet strikingly similar.
'Protection' is a measured, deceptively simple study of human nature, which subtly challenges and overturns many of society’s norms and expectations. The reader becomes emotionally connected.
Although set in a small town, it is a microcosm of society the world over and will be universal in its appeal.
Gentle and thought provoking, this story will stimulate readers’ minds and have them cheering from the sidelines as both Jennifer and Helen confront their demons – and not only win, but flourish with new-found strength and self awareness.

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