Marguerite de Lyon is a Paris-born author with a powerful true story of love, heartbreaking betrayal, and a desperate attempt to make a new life for herself.
Marguerite de Lyon who was born into a family of six other children, one sister, the rest of whom were boys. At the age of 16, her sister was sent by her extremely strict Catholic mother to be a missionary in Africa. After her sister's arrival however, it became known that she was being regularly molested and raped, yet nothing could be done for her and she was never heard from again. Causing major psychological and emotional scarring at a very young age. Determined to not let this nightmare repeat itself, Marguerite found refuge in her first boyfriend Maurice, who she met at the age of 19.
Irresistibly charming, handsome and caring, Marguerite knew Maurice would be the perfect ticket away from her overbearing mother, and she finally vowed to leave her harsh family life behind. She made her escape and never saw her mother or siblings again. Unfortunately, all Marguerite was really doing was trading one harsh master for another. Maurice soon forced Marguerite into a life of prostitution, making her a favorite among French ministers and heads of state, including the prime minister himself. Eventually, she opened "The Abbey," a highly discreet brothel for French elites within the government, as well as ministers, doctors, lawyers and priests who all came to regularly call on Madame Marguerite. Eventually Marguerite came to embrace her life in the sex industry, and turned The Abbey into one of the most elite, exclusive brothels in all of France. In spite of her success, there was always something in the back of her mind that made her wonder if this is what the rest of her life would look like.
Just as suddenly as Marguerite was thrust into the dark world of French prostitution, so was she given an opportunity to flee: a client quietly slipped her a passport, visa and airline ticket for the United States. And so, just as she bravely escaped the iron clutches of her mother as a child, so now she would she once again flee a life of imprisonment and slavery for the New World and another chance at starting over.
Today, Marguerite has two sons and lives in the beautiful city of Carlsbad, California. Sitting in her home not far from the seemingly endless sunny beaches along the Pacific Ocean, Marguerite began recording her life story at the behest of a friend who for years told her she had a duty to use her gift as a wonderful storyteller.