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FORBIDDEN LOVE  is the true story of Father William Grau, a black Catholic priest, and Sister Sophie Legocki, a white Polish-American nun who, in the segregated fifties, defied the church and society with their passionate secret love affair that lasted for nearly a decade and produced a son, Joe Steele.


Through a series of heart-wrenching conversations with his birth mother Joe learns how she, as a young nun, fell in love with his birth father and about their life together in the rectory as secret lovers. During these  conversations,  Joe also shares his life growing up in Cincinnati with the loving Steele family who had adopted him as an infant.


FORBIDDEN LOVE will resonate with anyone who has been touched by adoption and anyone who has refused to let society define who they can love.

Print book: Forbidden Love Written by Lisa Jones Gentry As Told By Joe Steele

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    ISBN 978-0-692-19236-8

    Tunstull Studio Publishing

    Published September 11, 2018

    Paper back 

    5.5" x 8.5" 229 pages


    Photos in black and white

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