Eleven Minutes by Paulo Coelho
Eleven MinutesÂ is the story of Maria, a young girl from a Brazilian village, whose first innocent brushes with love leave her heartbroken. At a tender age, she becomes convinced that she will never find true love, instead believing that â€œlove is a terrible thing that will make you suffer. . . .â€ A chance meeting in Rio takes her to Geneva, where she dreams of finding fame and fortune.
Mariaâ€™s despairing view of love is put to the test when she meets a handsome young painter. In this odyssey of self-discovery, Maria has to choose between pursuing a path of darknessâ€”sexual pleasure for its own sakeâ€”or risking everything to find her own â€œinner lightâ€ and the possibility of sacred sex, sex in the context of love.