By: Cecilia Paul
Genre: Young Adult, Medical
The Blurb: Elizabeth Appleton is a sweet and easy-going adolescent. But as she turns sixteen, she discovers something so devastating about herself that her whole world is turned upside down. Elizabeth has been born without a womb or a vagina and is diagnosed with MRKH, an unusual congenital disorder that affects the female reproductive tract. Frightened and confused, Elizabeth must struggle to understand how she can still be a girl but no longer a ‘normal’ one. As she questions everyone and everything around her – her burgeoning sexuality, her gender, her hopes for the future – Elizabeth must fight against the shame and betrayal she feels if she is to ever become the woman she has always hoped to be.
From Blissful Beginnings
Elizabeth Appleton was a happy normal teenager before everything happened. She had a lovely cheerful and bubbly disposition. She was very sociable and a good conversationalist so she could talk to people easily, no matter who they were. She enjoyed her life, and her life had been good to her. It was a charmed life and everything was blissful. Only three months ago, she had celebrated her sixteenth birthday. Her father was a very successful businessman, so she had everything she needed and everything going for her. Blessed with good looks, she stood at 5 foot 8 inches tall and, with her slender model-like figure, she looked flatteringly taller. She wore her silky, naturally auburn, over-the-shoulder length hair down in a twisted side braid, which complimented her fresh English-rose complexion and bluish green eyes so well. She was a pretty girl, a real stunner and with a great personality to match, she always managed to have a wonderfully exciting presence about her whenever she was in the room. She was, unsurprisingly, very popular too, so she had many school friends – some of them were boys, her seniors from the boys’ school not far from hers. A few of them were interested in her, but she could only offer them a purely platonic relationship; ‘less hassle’ she felt and besides, she needed to concentrate on her studies, which came first. She had always been too sensible and mature for her age – even her grandmother thought so and reassured her mother that she need not worry about Elizabeth when they first enrolled her into boarding school aged eleven years. She was always ambitious, and knew what she wanted even at that tender age, and she would strive to achieve it. Now, just sixteen, she already had big plans for her future and this did not include having a steady relationship with anyone. Maybe it was her upbringing or maybe it was her parents’ indirect influence, because she always admired them and looked up to them.
About the Author:
In her first novel, Cecilia Paul, now a retired expert in the field of MRKH, sensitively explores and illuminates this complex and often emotionally fraught medical condition, in order to raise public awareness of MRKH and to support those affected by it.
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