Sonja Kent is a bright and talented girl who was raised in the home of a domineering, abusive father and a passive mother. Her life is turned upside down at age sixteen, when her father’s business fails and she is forced to move from Augusta, Georgia, to Jacksonville, Florida. Her college scholarship gone, and separated from her beloved Aunt Mabel and Grandmother Mary, Sonja finds solace in her music.
Sonja does her best to survive in a home ruled by a money obsessed, selfish, and angry father. At First Baptist Church, Sonja plays the piano and meets Walter, the young choir director.
She is swept off her feet by Walter and marries him. But rather than finding the escape from her father and the simple life of peace and stability she craves, Sonja quickly realizes she made a terrible mistake. Her husband is sexually abusive and emotionally disturbed.
Her life becomes a dual existence, where she publicly pretends to be a happy, newly married woman, while privately she tries to convince her husband to stop hurting her and seek professional help. A woman of faith, Sonja fights for her marriage. But some things are not meant to be. Read how Sonja rises above societal forces that demand silence and submission to find a new life.
Sassy Sonja: Bravo Atlanta
After the death of her abusive ex-husband in a car accident, Sonja Kent leaves Jacksonville to start a new life in Atlanta. Drawing strength from her Aunt Grace and friend Sandy, Sonja tries to put the past behind her.
She is swept off her feet when Marion Avon walks into her life. The young, up-and-coming man from a wealthy and influential Atlanta family ardently pursues Sonja and asks her to marry him.
Their wedding is a glorious event, but Sonja’s bitter parents refuse to attend. Given her humble roots, it takes time for Sonja to adjust to her new role as a young Atlanta socialite. In the 1960s, segregation is ending in the South and a new day of racial equality is dawning.
Marion gets involved with the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. Like many in the South, Sonja supports the end of segregation, but is fearful of the violence that can erupt from social change. The world she knew where whites and blacks used separate restrooms and children went to racially segregated schools is rapidly becoming a thing of the past.
When Dr. King is assassinated and then Robert Kennedy, events seem to be spiraling out of control, both in the nation and in Sonja’s family.
About the Author
Sarah Sewell Wolters began the study of piano at age five and music was the primary method for expressing her feelings. She wrote for political reasons during the Vietnam War and later published a book of poetry. Today she is a senior citizen in Virginia with an empty nest and a brand new BA degree in technical communications. She wrote her first book Sassy Sonja: Behind the Closed Door of Marital Rape in 2014. Born in Atlanta in 1939, she has seen the changes that have reshaped the South and wanted to record them for her grandchildren.