Bosnian Croat, Tamerla Kendall, lived through the carnage and chaos in Sarajevo during the Bosnian War (1992-1995). Hers is a story of courage, fear, ingenuity, and survival. Difficult choices she made then still disturb her peace of mind and life today.
She made a few trips out of Sarajevo, only to return to keep the family restaurant business operating. One trip was made to remove her daughter from the dangers of fighting, but this created a heartbreaking rift in their relationship. For her second trip, Tamerla masqueraded as a United Nations Protection Forces soldier. A uniform and travel assistance came from a Ukrainian general.Her hopes for a return to normalcy at war’s end diminished as corruption and religious zealots took control. When her life was threatened at gunpoint, she left her country and moved to the United States with her husband and son. Tamerla is now a US citizen.
Marianne StephensAuthor URL: http://www.mariannestephens.netAuthor Bio
Marianne Stephens loved reading, and began by obsessing over Shakespeare books. Once
she started reading romances, her favorite authors were Barbara Cartland and Georgette
Heyer. Soon she began reading all genres of romance books, and decided to write her own.
Over the past ten years, she’s published seven books: one nonfiction and six romance
books. “Breaking the Cycle”, a ghostwritten memoir of a speaker from a women’s shelter,
was published in 1999 as an ebook by Online Originals.
Romance publishers include Jasmine Jade (both Ellora’s Cave and Cerridwen Press
imprints for Marianne Stephens and another pen name, April Ash) and Breathless Press
She lives in the Midwest section of the US, and loves the heartland area where she’s
surrounded by lots of family and friends. She’s a member of Romance Writers of America,
Mid-America Romance Authors, Published Authors Network, Futuristic, Fantasy &
Paranormal, Electronic & Small Press Authors’ Network, and The Author’s Guild.
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GUILTY SURVIVOR MEMOIRS OF TAMERLA KENDALL
Secret Cravings Publishing
Rating: 4 Cups
What happens when the only world you have ever known explodes and, when the dust clears, resembles nothing you ever expected? You survive and make the best of the aftermath.
Tamerla Kendall had the ideal life one day and stood in the midst of the chaos of war the next. Decisions she was forced to make for survival still haunt her today, and the memories will never fade.
Sometimes the ravages of war are easy to dismiss. The telling of a survivor brings the war home. One woman’s story will alter the beliefs of many who thought they truly understood the meaning of survival.
Guilty Survivor is a moving story of war and survival. It is easy for the masses to lump all people into a group and declare them the enemy; Guilty Survival shows it is never that easy. I loved the voice of Tamerla Kendall and think it is only through her we are able to understand the true pain of war. I recommend Guilty Survivor, Memoirs of Tamerla Kendall but fair warning, you will cry and see the ravages of war through the eyes of a survivor.
Reviewer for Coffee Time Romance & More
Review & Interview: Guilty Survivor by Marianne Stephens
This book was just an incredible read. You never know what life is going to hand to you in some cases and the memoirs of Tamerla speak volumes as to what can happen when you are in the middle of a war. The things that a person sees and how it changes their lives drastically. Stephens really gets her story down to the point where you feel you are there with her and lets us readers understand what she went through, not herself, but her family. Tamerla was a courageous woman whom I applaud with all my heart. Although she had to face her fears, she risked her life everyday in hopes of saving her family business, but also her family. What she sacrificed and what she did in the name of family has no words, but only the ones of love. It’s a piece of non-fiction that everyone should read. We always see the television and the wars it talks about, how families are affected, but when you read about it, you get down to the human level of it. You understand deep down to your soul what this woman experienced. Tamerla is a great example of what courageous women like her during times where they feel helpless and they have to survive.