- Who can ever understand the heart of a mother when she is forced to abort her baby. Furthermore, who can ever understand the emotions of that baby when she finds out thirty-five years later, that she survived three attempted abortions. And then the final discovery: whó is really the Sustainer of Life and Death?
- “Tell it just as it happened, Mommy!” Lodene’s urgent voice pleaded with me and I was transported to the events of thirty-five years ago. There is a saying, “The truth shall set you free.” “Does it?” I had to ask myself as I battled through every word. The story is a truly captivating novel of suspense from the pen of a mother who begged the life of her baby from the hand of God. It will enthral readers and you will experience fierce emotions of love, disappointment, pain and hate.
Thís true story took place in 1983, when abortion was illegal.
- Lonika, a young woman, lost her heart to a respected businessman, Wilhelm. “Lost in love,” is what Stephan would call it with a shrug of his broad shoulders, as he help-lessly watches his brother, Wilhelm, change into a cruel, cold hearted spouse who tries his utmost to end the life of his un-born baby in underhanded ways. Lonika’s life becomes a treacherous journey between lies and heartless brutality. She escapes and flees to safety. Enough is enough! A life is taken. A life is given – but at a price. Once again Lonika must stand naked in the face of fierce negotiations. “A life for a life, Lord?” she begs, begs until her body sags to the cold floor in total surrender. “You múst call her Lodene,” the nurse’s soft voice gently caresses her unresponsive figure
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In 1978 June Botha qualified in personnel management and reached a senior level in the industry at an early age. Writing remains her heartbeat and she writes a number of short stories for well-known magazines. She publishes two volumes of poetry including Mara, Win-terslewe, Holklank van Binne, Woud en Water, in the ‘Komsat’, the publication of Afrikaans poetry. During 1992 – 1997 she served as caller for ‘Radio Overvaal Stereo’, a community station in Bothaville where she presented amongst others “Kunstenaarsdebuut”and “Kort-beentjietyd”. This is followed by Christian children’s stories and puzzle games such as The Crucifixion, Noah’s Ark, Adam and Eve, Cain and Abel. In 2007, she was approached by the Executive Director of ‘Radio Trans World’ to write short Christian stories for broadcasting. In 2020 her children’s story Sebastian, the adventurous lion cub, is presented by the ‘Kishugu Group of Companies’ and awarded a place of honour in the corporative world. Next is Snuffel-gids, a collection of poems that deal with short-lived moments of life experiences in the form of poems. June is currently busy with Vlug van die Nag, a suspense love-murder mystery. To pique her curiosity about the anatomy and physiology of the body in the form of life, she is currently pursuing a part-time study in holistic healing and hopes to achieve her qualification in 2023. Abortion Survivors (USA) (Pro-Life) approached June to write the book Lodene based on both her and Lodene’s life story. The book deals with rejection, abortion and death, but graciously also the value of life.