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There is great poverty in Sweden and when the maid Maja Lisa gets a job at a rectory, she thinks that her happiness has finally arrived. But in a society where the church and men have power, Maja Lisa is repeatedly exploited. When she has children, she is forced to leave her job at the rectory.

Several years later, she gets a job at Gimmene Manor, where she meets the handsome Major Gyllensvaan. They fall in love at once and secretly begin a relationship that ends in disaster. When Maja Lisa becomes pregnant again, she loses her job and is displaced by the villagers. Together with her son, she seeks, broken down and desperate, protection in a cabin in the woods where she is forced against her will to commit crimes that leads to a terrible punishment.

A Woman’s Punishment is a gripping and tragic love story about a woman’s fate in the 19th century. It is the first novel in a series of 3 independent books, that takes place between the years 1813 and 1960 and is based on a true family history.