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!
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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.
"Moving from Grief in Cornwall" (Memoir Book1)
2nd edition of "From Cornwall to the Andes"
"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 this 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
(2nd edition) Memoir Book 2
"A rich, warm and highly entertaining read." Lally
"It's an easy, fun read, written in beautifully descriptive language, and personally I found it to be extremely inspiring as I transition from occasional visitor to resident in Ecuador." (Susan Rivas)
"Gotta love a gutsy, mature woman who journeys solo in South America and shares her insights." (Catherine de Vrye)
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