Shelter of the Monument: A Provincetown Love Story

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Black Rose Writing
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6.0 X 9.0 X 0.62 inches | 0.88 pounds

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About the Author
Two years before Yvonne's diagnosis of multiple sclerosis, a relative volunteered her to write an article for a local newspaper. Little did she know it was the beginning of a writing career. When MS threatened to turn her into a lunatic, she started writing more frequently, eventually publishing her work in newspapers, an online digest, and in Chicken Soup for the Soul: Finding My Faith. She writes a regular blog on and presents programs designed to help others use humor to help cope with chronic illness. Yvonne enjoys writing, laughing, and resting.

"Shelter of the Monument by Yvonne deSousa was an absolutely beautiful autobiography. Predominantly focused on the story of her first love, this story eloquently captures the hardship and heartbreak of dating someone struggling with addiction." -San Francisco Book Review

"Shelter of the Monument: A Provincetown Love Story is so real and so deeply moving that anyone who has loved will resonate with the characters. Apart from being a wonderful love story, it is a tale of choice and consequence, one that every lover should read." -Cristina Prescott, The Book Commentary

"Yvonne's vulnerability and passion draws the reader in, and more importantly, she brings awareness to larger issues and the their impact on the people around them. Shelter of the Monument offers a look into the life of addiction through a raw and compassionate lens." -Sublime Book Review

"I like this story because it is real, and how Yvonne tells the story, it brings you along on her real-life journey. Not just falling in love, but her life and self-discovery. You have to really love yourself before you can love others." -Amy's Bookshelf Reads

"I found this memoir to be an excellent work that evoked a myriad of emotions, beginning with deSousa's experiences before meeting Richard to their enduring association. It captures the depth of the couple's love skillfully, the dreams they held onto, and the impact his addiction had on their relationship." -Readers' Favorite

"Empathy, desire, and compassion are strong emotions and Yvonne DeSousa reveals her feelings upon every page. Shelter of the Monument will stay with every reader who has loved not wisely, but too well." -Thomas DeConna, author of Accustomed to the Dark

"You might think this is the stereotypic good girl falls for bad boy kind of story, but this sensitive, true-to-life memoir is so much more. It's beautiful, heart-rending and incredibly bravely told." -Bill Schweitzer, author of Doves in a Tempest: Valley of Horror