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Unplanned, Unwanted and Unacknowledged
ONE MAN’S JOURNEY TO DISCOVER HIS FAMILY TIES

“I am the product of rape,” shares Jonathan R. Husband. “My mother’s life was changed forever and my father never acknowledged my existence, but today I am thankful for my life and feel everyday is a blessing.”

The subject of rape is sensitive enough, so when a women decides to keep her baby after being violated, the discussion becomes almost taboo. After being raped during World War II, Husband’s mother decided to keep the child she had become pregnant with. In his new book, An Unplanned Encounter: Two Lives Forever Changed, Husband shares his emotional story as a child of rape and offer insight into the impact it has on the mother, father and child.

Growing up in post World War II, Husband can discuss:

  • The profound love of a mother who wants her child regardless of the circumstances surrounding his conception
  • The social implications and societal restraints of a single mother during the 1940’s and 1950‘s
  • The impact on the mother, father and child of an unplanned and unwanted pregnancy
  • Using Ancestry.com and other resources to find family members
  • The long term implications of discovering a family you didn’t know existed

Jonathan R. Husband, a pseudonym, was born in York, England and spent much of his early life in remote areas of Yorkshire. He attended Nunthorpe Grammar School in York, and Hull University, Yorkshire. Husband currently lives in Northern California. He has two children, both married. He recently completed a career in Human Resources and retired from the University of California.

Website: http://jonathanhusband.com/
An Unplanned Encounter is available through www.amazon.com, www.barnesandnoble.com and Net Galley.

Review Copies Available Upon Request

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An Unplanned Encounter: Two Lives Forever Changed
by Jonathan R. Husband 

One Event, Two Families, Three Lives
EMBRACING THE CONSEQUENCES OF AN UNTHINKABLE ACT 

            Stories ripped from the headlines of anti-abortion or pro-choice advocates read like grocery store tabloids sensationalizing both points of view. There is, however, a missing third side many people ignore: the child.

The new book, An Unplanned Encounter: Two Lives Forever Changed by Jonathan Husband, is based on true events. His life is the result of a rape during World War II when, according to his mother, she was assaulted by a lodger at her parent’s boarding house. Seldom discussed and rarely chronicled, Husband vividly shares how the lives of both of his parents were profoundly affected by one 15-minute encounter.

During 1943, a young British woman’s life and trust are forever shattered by a brutal act of violence. Sexually assaulted by Jock, her parents’ lodger and the respected manager at the nearby bomber airfield, twenty-year-old Mary Louise struggles for self-respect and safety in the aftermath of the attack. When she learns she is pregnant, she must find the courage for another battle. She fights to keep the child and raise him alone, as the father refuses to acknowledge, support, or participate in his son’s life in any way.

For thirty years, the aftershock of that terrifying night continues to shake her world and those of her family, friends, and son. With ordinary lives thrown into chaos, complex human emotions run rampant. In her fierce determination to survive and thrive, Mary Louise will discover just how strong she really is.

Uniquely historical, inspiring and thought provoking, An Unplanned Encounter:

  • Adds unique insight into a woman’s right to choose
  • Profoundly demonstrates actions have consequences that can last a lifetime
  • Explores the impact of World War II bombing on German-occupied Europe by the U.S. Air Force and the British Royal Air Force
  • Discusses the impact on the mother, father and child of an unplanned and unwanted pregnancy
  • Illustrates the advances in medical treatment for tuberculosis, diabetes, bi-polar disorder and the availability of paternity testing

“Inspired by one girl’s real-life tragedy,” says Husband, “An Unplanned Encounter reveals the secrets of a life torn apart by violence and rebuilt by courage and love.”

Jonathan R. Husband, a pseudonym, was born in York, England and spent much of his early life in remote areas of Yorkshire. He attended Nunthorpe Grammar School in York, and Hull University, Yorkshire. Husband currently lives in Northern California. He has two children, both married. He recently completed a career in Human Resources and retired from the University of California.

Website: http://jonathanhusband.com/
An Unplanned Encounter is available through www.amazon.com, www.barnesandnoble.com and Net Galley.

Review Copies Available Upon Request