Barbara M Webb
True to Herself (A Family Saga, Book 1)
It's the 1980's and Moira Capaldi has a demanding but very successful career in the teaching profession. Living in Australia, she leads a busy but contented life with rakish husband Guido, and they seem perfectly matched. Until the day she catches her husband in bed with another woman!
A stunned Moira reacts impulsively; she resigns from her job, packs a bag and disappears to England to a small West Sussex village she had visited the previous year for a week-long art course. Art was Moira's avenue to sanity and the pretty little village of West Gidding, so different to her life in Australia, provided a safe refuge.
"When you are alone, miles away from all you know and love, that's when you find out who you are."
And so begins Moira's journey of self-discovery. Through relationships (both romantic and female friends), art and introspection, Moira learns "What mattered was not what was lost in the past, but what existed in the present" and a new life begins.
A hugely enjoyable book with believable well-drawn characters and situations I could relate to. I particularly liked the descriptions of West Sussex - I know those lovely little villages so very well!
In June 2016, Barbara was presented with the Member of Year Award at the Dublin Writers Conference organised by Laurence O´Bryan who founded Books Go Social.