Stranger in my Heart is about the search for understanding oneself, answering the question “who am I?” by seeking to understand the currents that sweep down the generations, through one’s own persona and continue on – palpable but often unrecognised. 

Mary’s father fought at the Battle of Hong King in December 1941, was taken prisoner by the Japanese and then escaped in February 1942, making his way across, 1200 miles of inhospitable country to reach China’s wartime capital at Chongqing. 

Seventy years later, Mary retraced his steps in an effort to understand a man who had died when she was 18, leaving a lot of unanswered questions behind. 

About the Author 

Mary has written numerous technical and academic articles and is an experienced lecturer and presenter, but this is her first book. She practices as an osteopath in Wiltshire, treating people, horses and dogs. She is a trustee of the Sutherland Cranial College of Osteopathy and is a member of the Royal Society of Medicine and the Association of Animal Osteopaths. She was formerly a marketing consultant, with five years’ experience at what is now PricewaterhouseCoopers, and three years with strategy consultant P-Four. She began her marketing career with Cadbury’s confectionery and retains a lifelong love of chocolate. 

Mary was born and raised on a farm on the edge of the south Shropshire Hills, the youngest of four children. She spent much of her childhood on horseback, which left her with permanent damage to her right eye, a broken nose, a broken kneecap and a broken coccyx. She has been bitten, kicked, rolled on, dragged and has fallen off too many times to recall, but she still rides racehorses for fun. 

You can follow Mary on Twitter @monro_m276.

Blog Tour Information 

Mary’s book is published by Unbounders, you can follow them via @unbounders. 

This amazing tour was arranged by Anne from Random Things, if you require author or blog tour services, you can find Anne here for more information. 

This book is my favourite now of the year. I was overwhelmed by the amount of love and affection put into the writing. Mary picked me up and carried me throughout her journey through China and you follow in her father’s footsteps. I was full of emotion both happy and sad but most of all just felt that he was a true hero and his endevours should never ever be forgotten. Lieutenant Colonel John Monro’s story should and must be shared. All stories from the war should be shared and we need to learn from them. 

Mary’s writing was so passionate but respectful towards the dignity of not only her father, his friends, colleagues, Chinese people and Japanese people. I simply loved it so so much it was just beautiful. I hope Mary does not mind but I have both shared the book and have told pretty much everyone I know that they need to read this book as it has really touched me and I don’t think it’s a story that will ever leave me. Thank you Mary, you should be proud of this amazing book. 

As a military wife and with many of my family members having fought in wars, I have certainly learnt a lot and will always share their stories to anyone willing to listen. 
If you would like to purchase this book, please click here. 

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