When Marcia finds coping with day-to-day life hard, she slips into another reality – one where Bono confides in her and Morrissey gives her advice. Her one saving grace is her deep belief that she will get better… and her unabiding love of life. Marcia also finds that prayer, meditation and her faith in Angels pulls her through when the times are tough.
Grace really breaks down barriers and educates the reader as to what mental illness is and what those that suffer with it are going through. It does not sugar coat but tells the story from the point of view of a young, modern lady and her family; describing how they all cope with Marcia’s diagnosis.
Marcia eventually changed from patient to healer – her qualification in Reflexology is her pride and joy –she is now living a completely normal life, far away from hospitals and wards. She also composes music to great acclaim, records CDs and plays packed clubs. Marcia is now treated as an equal by all those who meet her – she shows that despite any diagnosis, one can live a full, rich and integrated life – all it takes is faith, hope and friendship… oh, and a cat called Indy.
UNDER THE IVY
Under The Ivy is packed with beautiful short stories and essays that all invoke a deep understanding and have a life-affirming Spiritual undertone. It is a perfect follow-up to Marcia Lake’s first book Grace, which was released in 2013 to worldwide acclaim and saw Marcia being praised for her autobiographical story of triumph over adversity.
After being featured in Your Cat magazine’s 20th Birthday Issue, on BBC Radio and also in the Press, Marcia penned Under The Ivy to showcase her skill as an excellent story-teller. Marcia uses her poetic imagination to paint pictures in prose for her readers. Under The Ivy is a collection of stories that have one thing in common - they are all tightly bound with positivity and grace: stories about what life is like for teenage girls who do not live in a perfect world - yet yearn for one - stories that deal with acceptance and stories that deal with bereavement and other forms of loss.
There is a fairytale-like quality that exudes throughout Under The Ivy, yet the book was not written with a younger readership in mind - it is for everyone who has been through unrequited love, who has ever been sad, lonely or lost hope. It is for all of us.
What Under The Ivy does is build hope - it also builds a path to a new life for the Eternal Girl who appears regularly in the stories. She is the Anima. She is all of us: a dreamer, a hoper, a leader.
Best-selling MBS author Marcia Lake dedicates the poetry of 'Bluebells' to her Mother. ‘Bluebells’ follows the success of her books: 'Grace,' 'Under The Ivy' and first her poetry collection, 'Beauty and Truth'.
Marcia’s early journey through life had not been an easy one, but her one constant has always been her Mother’s guiding strength and wisdom. The poetry of Marcia Lake captures how the heart feels in any given moment. The world that she creates with her words is surreal and yet grounded, possessing great honesty and purity.
Singer-songwriter Marcia is no stranger to the limelight, as, since Grace was published, she has been featured in magazines and on the radio, but behind the scenes of her success, she owes so much to the love and guidance of her family and friends, for, without them, her unique voice would have never been heard. Whether you are new to Marcia’s work, or have read all of her books to date, this volume of poetry will resonate with you and hopefully bring you peace, clarity and strength of purpose.