Letitia Mason

writer and speaker

Maria of South Sudan books

My characters start from observation of the people I have met on mission in South Sudan, and their lives. I hear many stories during prayer ministry on trauma and reconciliation and write from a position of compassion and the desire to understand.

The characters are a sub-conscious processing and merging of what I have heard but as I write they start to develop a strength and determination I had not expected. As I try to recreate their lives in words their behaviour transforms, and like the dry bones in Ezekeil, they gain flesh and stand up. They lead me to a place that has an affinity with the ending I had planned but is not the same. Actions intrude that I had not planned, a slave boy is rescued, an imposter revealed, a love story emerges. These people have lives and personalities, values and feelings I did not know about when I started. Their feelings, values and intentions fill my head, and when I have finished I feel bereft because they have gone. Click the link above to buy, or for dollar purchases go to: https://www.amazon.com/s?k=Letitia+Mason

Maria Kuol’s happy childhood ends abruptly in 1992 when she is captured in a violent assault, trafficked, and taken to the UK. She escapes and is tricked into joining a drug running gang, arrested, and sent to prison. Abuse, isolation, and grief are the demons Maria must fight but her inner strength and unfailing hope are rewarded when her family, and lost love, are returned to her.

Reviews: Although the subject–human trafficking and modern-day slavery–could not be more serious, this novel also powerfully communicates the joy and love that can grow out of meaningful work and allow people to rebuild their lives despite traumatic experiences. It was a great pleasure to read.

I really enjoyed this book. Maria’s story is shocking and distressing but her character and the main character Jane are well rounded and invoke the sympathy of the reader. I wanted to know how their lives would turnout. The background story of slave trafficking and the Trust is interesting and some of the descriptive narrative is beautiful.

Maria and her fiancé, Manny, are in Juba, capital of South Sudan.  Maria hopes to trace her missing siblings, Rachel, and Joel. A twisted tale of forged papers and   human smuggling leads to a criminal cell in Kakuma refugee camp in Kenya. Maria overcomes challenges of loss, deception, and forgiveness, to find her lost sister, and come to terms with the truth about her brother.

An interesting, easy read. loved it! Enjoyed The Lost Children of Cush so was pleased to see a sequel. Interesting insight into life in (South) Sudan.

A challnging and thought provoking book, which brings to life the stories of many people we read about in the news, with some of their real fears, hopes and tragedies, and brings to large events down to the personal.

Volume 3 will follow the story of Maria’s husband, Emmanuel, and his family.


A short extract from A Desert Rose

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