Belonging Places: Every woman's story on life, learning and love (Volume 1)

General Fiction

By Maryann Weston

Publisher : Caerus Publishing Australia

ABOUT Maryann Weston

Maryann Weston
I have been writing all my life across many mediums and for many purposes. I've written for newspapers - features, news, legal stories - and I've written for government, niche magazines, websites and for social media campaigns. 



Three women; three stories on life, lessons and love. Three journeys towards the belonging place; three journeys back to self.


Liliana Flint-Smith is starting out on her own. Leaving a dysfunctional family behind her and with nothing but a university degree in librarianship, Liliana moves to a remote village in the country. Different from everyone else in the town, she must find her place in a society that doesn't take kindly to strangers. With the help of an old woman who lives in the flat next to her, Liliana begins to find herself and discovers it was never about her changing, but about learning to be herself.


Estelle Wainwright is successful. She's burning up the career ladder and has just made editor at a national women's magazine. Her husband Joel is also carving out his niche as an architect and, together with son Corey, is the picture of success. Or are they? Journey with Estelle as she fights the tension within herself: work and home, career and husband, businesswoman and woman, and navigates through a crisis that will test the decisions she has made about how she lives her life.


Jill Bridges is struggling to stay afloat. With the loss of her husband and her children busy with their own lives, she's facing the prospect of a nursing home. But it's her independence that makes her life worth living and she'll be damned if she'll bow to society's plans for her. With a fierce will, Jill must find a way to triumph over old age and emerge into a life that still holds meaning.

A sense of belonging is important to be happy. When you don't belong in a job, a town, a group of friends or even in a relationship, it takes courage to let go. It takes courage to make those decisions that will lead you forward towards your belonging place. I wanted to write a book for women [and men] based on my experience, and the experiences of other women in my life - so readers could relate to the stories and say: "yes I've had that experience too. I'm not alone". Belonging is about questing. Coming home to one's self is the stuff that dreams...and reality, is made of. I hope you enjoy my book, Belonging Places.