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Story of struggles used to inspire

When dealing with the ghosts of her past, Mary E. Masterson decided to turn her story into one which would not only help her sort out certain issues but also could help others.

Masterson’s book “A Heart in Pieces-A Return From Devastation” is the story of her first 40 years summed up in 94 pages.

Masterson said the book is short but impactful, and she anticipates readers will have an emotional response to it.

“It is deep and will get you right in the gut throughout the story, but remember, it does have a happy ending, as you can see I am standing here talking to you,” Masterson said. “I tell people to be prepared with a box of Kleenex and three or four hours of reading time.”

In Masterson’s book overview, she speaks of hope, abuse, rejection, homelessness, divorce, manipulation and how she struggled through life.

“A bitter divorce brought about a whole new life that I had never experienced,” Masterson said in her book overview. “Rejected, homeless with no family, I had to find my own way in a world from which I had been protected. Struggling to figure out this new way of life brought its challenges and many mistakes. But nothing prepared me for the heartache of all heartaches that I was to experience at the tender age of 26.”

Masterson said her story was not originally written for publication, but ultimately, she felt it could prove to be supportive to others as it was for her.

“I originally started out with the idea that getting my story on paper would help me to sort out the issues I had in my life,” Masterson said. “But as the years passed, I realized after speaking to others about my writings that my story was truly extraordinary. Then as the healing kept progressing, I then felt that my story could possibly help others who have a similar story or parts of my story.”

Masterson said the final decision to publish came down to a feeling that God was directing her to get her story out.

“I feel blessed,” Masterson said. “God helped me to write a story, my story, little ol’ me, to help others. I feel accomplished in that mission.”

While she feels the book has a strong tie to God, Masterson said her journey is not like most and everybody can relate.

“Those who are not ‘religious’ or speak of God can relate as well,” Masterson said. “I have heard from those who don’t believe in God to those who are deep in their religion or relationship with God. Everybody can relate to my story somewhere.”

Masterson said her hope for the book is that people will find peace in their heart and mind after reading it.

“Everybody has a story that can and will inspire someone to find the good or even bad in that life story,” Masterson said. “Maybe someone who reads my story will know how to talk to someone who has lost loved ones or maybe someone will find inspiration in the story to lead them on a path to find God or maybe someone will find the validation that they have been searching for their lifelong or maybe just maybe someone will find the strength within themselves to make better decisions in their life than they are right now.”

Masterson said she has already started a couple new books and is hoping to get more serious with finishing them once winter comes around.

“It really has blown my mind at how much support I have received throughout this process, from family, friends, acquaintances and complete strangers,” Masterson said. “When they hear a synopsis of my story, it is amazing the positive response. By the way, the reviews have been fabulous.”

Masterson’s non-fiction biography can be found worldwide and is available in hardcover, paperback, e-book and will soon be available in audible for the hearing impaired.

“It was very important to me to have this book available worldwide,” Masterson said. “I have thus seen it in Japan, Australia, UK, Canada, Mexico and of course, United States.”

While Masterson is not a native, she has called Fredericktown her home for the last five years and will be holding a book signing at the Fredericktown Branch of the Ozark Regional Library 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Aug. 23.

Victoria Kemper is a reporter for the Democrat News.

New Reviews

1. I finished your book 2 days ago and have been trying to think of what to say. All that comes to mind is…..WOW!!!!
You went through so much!…just Wow!! I wish I could give you a hug! Here’s a HUG from a distance!
Love you girl and I hope we can meet up one day!

2. Thank you, Mary, for sendingdownload your book so promptly. It arrived yesterday and I started reading it last evening. I can not imagine the pain you suffered for I have only known you as the cheerful, upbeat, God loving person you are now.
I love the cover art, but particularly love the photo of you and Mountain Man on the back cover. You have created such a lovely memorial to your children.
Consider yourself hugged!

3. I am sitting here crying and reading your book about all of your life’s struggles. I am so happy that you have met such a wonderful man. He was truly a God Send. Keep your head held high and know that you are loved and not forgotten, at least by me!!!💕💕💕💕

Book Count

My book had been released May 28 in the physical form. I am proud to announce we have hit 100 books SOLD to date!!! ( I should clarify, the ones I know of, this count is from my personal stock and amazon)(who knows with B&N or worldwide or other shops)
I am giddy!
Thank you, Thank you!! Wahoo!!
I cannot wait to see what happens when the ebook and nook releases! I am guessing this next week!!running with quilt

Newest Reviews

“I will admit, I am not much of a reader as I find it challenging to pick up a book and have it hold my interest. However, after reading a few pages of your book “A Heart In Pieces ~ A Return From Devastation”, I was intrigued! I couldn’t put the book down, page after page, I was locked in.

In reading, my heart ached for the little girl longing to be loved, the young woman seeking attention, and the woman mourning the loss of her children & the only true love she ever knew.

As I read the last page and closed the book, I began to see you in a new vision. You are truly the symbol of a Phoenix, as you have arisen from flames, beating all life challenges and defeating hard times. You have been reborn from the ashes of the past, and you now represent the victory of life!” ~Mieka


“Just finished reading your book and all i can ask myself is “how does she (mary) do it?” I hate to read but started and couldnt quit. Not even for a smoke! Lol. Wishin you lots of success with it. It was easy to read but hard to comprehend the struggles but glad to see you found the happiness you deserve! “-Darren

Pre-Order Books

WOW!! Had such an interest yesterday with phone calls, emails and PM’s on getting a SIGNED copy that I thought I would throw this out there! I have just ordered 200 BOOKS- 150 Paperback and 50 Hardback! PRE-ORDER Your copy NOW!
They should arrive within 2 wks to my house, give or take a couple days, due to the holiday weekend! (I can deliver local too to save on shipping-PM, Email me)
Paperback-$15.95 plus $7 for priority shipping it to you directly=$22.95
Hardcover-$25.95 plus $7 for priority shipping it to you directly=$32.95
If you are interested in getting a SIGNED COPY then send me a check or money order for the above amount to P.O. Box 159 Marquand, Mo 63655
OR Paypal for credit cards(not necessary to have an account) (friends/family)
Otherwise…..ordering PHYSICAL copies online should appear by the middle of next week!! eeeekkkkkk
ebook should appear about 30-45 days…it’s a process! 😦
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