Short Story Press Presents Sandy's Mended Heart

Narrated by: Kat Eaton
Length: 33 mins

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Short Story Press presents "Sandy's Mended Heart", by Norah crowley.

This story follows Sandy, a 19-year-old woman, as she makes the difficult transition from living in an insular religious community to “outside” life in a college town. Sandy struggles with:

  • Living alone when she has always been surrounded by a close family
  • Meeting different types of people when she has always been in a small community
  • Making her way with new people who don’t think or act like those at home - she has to figure out how they think and what they actually mean by what they say and how they act
  • Meeting men who live and work in environments - a college campus, a military base - that are the total opposites of the community she has known all her life
  • Dealing with her need to find love, and hopefully a marriage, in a new world without the guidelines of her strict community or the oversight of her family
  • Falling in love with a man who is so totally different from her father, brothers, cousins, and all the men she has known in her life and in fact is a soldier, someone whom her pacifist religious community would find totally unacceptable
  • Finding a church home and a place where she can live with her strong religious convictions even though she does not totally accept the limitations of her original church
  • Coping with love and loss, putting lessons of forgiveness into practice, and picking up the pieces of a broken heart without becoming bitter
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