Finding Gloria

   Imagine growing up hearing you are nothing. Imagine believing you are predestined to be useless and worthless. Imagine believing you are unlovable and TWO mothers despised you enough to either toss you aside or abuse you.

In Finding Gloria, the author tells her story beginning from the moment she was given up for adoption. In this inspirational yet heartbreaking memoir, Marianne Curtis exposes her upbringing in an abusive adoptive home where she was beaten and starved, until she bravely flees for her life as a teenager.
Faced with homelessness, she marries at eighteen and by the young age of 24 has four children. Outwardly her life appears to be perfect but the echoes of her mother’s abuse ring loudly, affecting her most basic life choices. She stumbles and falls repeatedly while attempting to find the real purpose of her life.

On the heels of her adoptive mother’s death, the author finds her birth family after a 40 year separation. Along with the true origins of her existence, she finally finds understanding, love, peace and acceptance she missed during the first four decades of her life.
With honest openness, “Finding Gloria” chronicles the author’s desperate attempts to rise out of the ashes, until her “light bulb moment” as she discovers everything she grew up believing about herself was based on lies. Armed with forgiveness she discovers she can’t run from her past, but she can change her future.

What others are saying:

“The courage to expose the best and the worst of oneself for all the public to see is a rare strength. Marianne shows that strength page after page.” ― Dan Guetre, Publisher and Editor

“This is a very heartfelt and moving story, told simply with unrestrained emotion. Readers should clear their schedules, make a pot of coffee, and keep a box of Kleenex handy. Once they start reading they will not be able to put it down.” ― Cynthia J Faryon, Author & Freelance Writer

“This is a story of a woman’s undying need to be recognized and loved, and to love. It’s about a woman who survives poverty, homelessness and depravation, only to rise above those conditions to find forgiveness, humanity and self-worth. It’s a compassionate story of overcoming the odds to become a real, honest-to-goodness person with a heart.” ― James Kostelniuk, Author & Freelance Writer

“Finding Gloria is an interesting account of a life that has experienced many brow raising events.”― Alvin Funk, Author & Freelance Writer

Finding Gloria has been released in paperback and e-book. It can be ordered by contacting Dan Guetre, editor of the Dawson Trail Dispatch at or online at and  A complimentary downloadable version is available to media upon request.

Marianne Curtis is the head writer for the Dawson Trail Dispatch, a monthly publication that covers all of southernManitoba. Over the past fifteen years, she has published over 7,000 articles on topics ranging from hard core news, politics, current events, fundraisers, sports and public interest pieces.



Marianne Curtis, author


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