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Join Patricia as she interviews Anne Branch, author of Beyond the Shadow - I Was Forced to Marry at Fourteen. She was raped by a family friend and later ordered by the judge to marry him. Almost eleven years older than Branch, Manny enjoys the company of many young women on their home of Cape Verde Island, located off the western coast of Africa. But after Manny assaults Branch, her mother forces her to marry him. Soon after their marriage, the couple leaves the island for the United States, where she eventually gives birth to four daughters. It's not long before her husband abandons her for another woman. Instead of succumbing to despair, Branch is determined to give herself a better future. Though faced with nearly impossible circumstances, Branch refuses to settle for a life of misery, emerging triumphant despite the odds. Beyond the Shadowstells her compelling true story.
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