By recalling memories and feelings from her childhood, Beneath My Smile introduces the reader to a large, varied cast of individuals who come and go in Anna Bella's life-some leaving, some staying, but all leaving their footprint nonetheless. Heart-wrenching accounts of the tumultuous breakdown of her parents' marriage, being kidnapped by one parent in order to punish and control the other, her father and stepmother's abuse and neglect, sexual abuse at the hands of those who should have been trustworthy, the complicated birth of her children, the development of her career, cycles of hopefulness and disappointment, and the deep desire to find love and stability are but a handful of weighty events explored in this rich, raw, honest memoir. Traveling from Trinidad to Canada to the various locations in the United States, Anna shows us what it means to boldly strike out on the uncharted territory of the heart-yes, getting misled, beaten, and sometimes lost along the way, but always being guided home by looking to the heavens and faithfully following her soul's truest melody.
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About the Author
Born in the twin island Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, Anna Bella spent her formative years maintaining her faith and hope in the good things to come, despite enduring difficulties and discouragement. After migrating to the United States in 1987, she connected with extended family, made a variety of friends, and attended high school. Marrying at an early age, she courageously relocated to Florida in 1995, with periods of her life spent traveling back and forth from New York. Always interested in bettering herself and being financially independent, she obtained her BSN and AA degrees and dabbled in an embalming course. This surgical nurse is a lover of the arts, an avid reader, a passionate writer, a hopeless romantic, and a mother of four. Though she has always worn rose-colored glasses, she has learned through trial and error to balance optimism with realism, and sees the world with ever-growing discernment. She enjoys dancing, experimenting with multicultural cuisines, and spending time with friends. Though she can be very serious, she loves to laugh and make others laugh along with her. By writing extensively of her life's tribulations and wry observations on human nature and relationships, Anna Bella rises above negativity while uplifting herself and her audience.