Award Winning Journalist Releases Breakout Novel
“Serenity House: From Addiction to Deliverance”
Fictional Drama Set in Baltimore
Story of Generational Impact of Drug & Alcohol Dependency
BALTIMORE, MD. – From Baltimore playwright, journalist, and entrepreneur Ursula V.
Battle comes her first literary work Serenity House: From Addiction to Deliverance. Based on
her highly acclaimed stage play of the same name, the book is published by Coal Under Pressure
Publications, and includes a Foreword written by Dr. Gregory Wm. Branch, Health Officer and
Director of Health and Human Services for Baltimore County, MD. With the fictitious United in Victory Church as its marvelous backdrop and set in Baltimore, Maryland, the riveting story centers around ‘Melvina A. Thomas’, a young songstress with a powerful voice who grows up singing Gospel in the church. Melvina’s story is juxtaposed with that of Audrey Jackson, affectionately called ‘Mama Jackson’, the House Mother of Serenity House – a transitional home opened by United in Victory to help men and women in recovery by offering them safe housing, counseling, prayer, and other means of deep-down intervention. ‘Mama Jackson’ runs Serenity House with ‘Claire C. Voyant’, a spiritually gifted, eclectic blind social worker with an epic tale of her own. Their lives all intersecting through Serenity House, this is their remarkable journey of love and loss, pain and pride, rags and riches, and trial and triumph amidst the most extraordinary of circumstances.
Through them, along with a montage of many other intriguing, unforgettable characters, and light-hearted humor while traveling through the yesteryear of Baltimore and other parts of Maryland,
This multi-faceted drama exposes the insidious nature of addiction, while simultaneously uncovering the shocking truth behind an elaborate and scandalous set-up. This life-changing, inspirational story also illustrates human resilience, transformation through forgiveness, the power of faith, and the supernatural ability through God to overcome.