True to Herself (Self-discovery Book 1)
"A hugely enjoyable book with believable well drawn characters and situations I could relate to." (Author Lally Brown) See full review below photo.
"Another wonderful book with an inner meaning." (Amazon customer)
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"TRUE TO HERSELF" (Self-discovery 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!
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"Moving from Grief in Cornwall" (Giving Voice to the Heart, Book 1)
"Both heart breaking and inspirational. I cried in parts, and shouted GO GIRL in others." (Deb McEwan)
"As a physician, how people cope with death is very important to me. . . I highly recommend her book to anyone who needs a positive role model to learn from concerning the death and dying of a loved one. Her book inspires hope when only despair and darkness is present." (carbs)
"The first thing that is clear is that the author is no shrinking violet. This is a lady who has travelled all over the world, visiting countries, cultures of which most of us can only dream." (Kitty Mulholland)
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"South America Under the Skin of a Foreign Country"
(Giving Voice to the heart, Book2)
"If you are interested in travel and other cultures, I think you'll get caught up in the stories as I did."
(Whistler's Mom TOP 500 AMAZON REVIEWER 2015)
"Gotta love a gutsy, mature woman who journeys solo to South America and shares her insights."
Catherine De Vrye
"This is a gem for those researching what it might be like to move to Ecuador. . . . it's like a breath of fresh air to read a coherent and well written narrative." (Tribe8)
"This book served as a monumental inspiration to me to get out and enjoy a foreign country not as a tourist.....but as a real traveller getting to know the customs, way of life and real people." (Susan Rivas)
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In June 2016, Barbara was presented with the Member of the Year award at the Dublin Writers Conference organised by Books Go Social