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Roughing it in Africa
Roughing it in Africa:
Roots, Roads, and Revelations
As 1995 wound to a close, Katherine Krige prepared to leave home. Her father died when she was five years old, but she had always dreamed of learning more about him and where he came from.
With university behind her, she aimed to find out. The trick was that his hometown was 13,000 kilometers away.
After a few letters to long-lost kin, a plan was put in motion. She gathered a passport, planned some initial adventures, and gamely left her old life behind. As soon as she stepped off the plane in Cape Town though, those plans quickly began to fall apart. Over the next several months, she learned more about her father’s homeland, and herself, as she trekked across Southern Africa. It wasn’t always easy, but growth never is.
Take a leap of faith and join Katherine as she explores her fears, sheds some tears, makes new friends, meets family, and experiences an incredible, life-changing journey that spanned 10 countries over 10 months. Grab a backpack… let’s go!
Book Reviews: Roughing it in Africa: Roots, Roads, and Revelations
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Riding the Waves
Riding the Waves:
A Memoir of Love, Loss, & Grief
After returning from a 10-month trip through Africa, I was keen to keep travelling. The world awaited and teaching English overseas seemed the perfect way to do so. That is until I met Brad, and everything changed. Girl meets boy, falls in love, and happily ever after looms on the horizon. Until a fateful phone call changes the journey all over again.
This is a trip that no one wants to take, but far too many people do. I went from a newlywed with a baby in tow to the overwhelming world of the local cancer clinic, intensive treatments, and a spiralling of life as I knew it. While hope never waned, loss was on the horizon.
This is a heartbreaking and intensely personal grief memoir exploring love and loss, but more importantly the road to healing. I ask you to walk with me as I try to make sense of it all, with the hope of discovering a new path to forge. Why? Because you are never alone. A journey shared, no matter the struggle, is a voyage from which you can survive, learn, and grow. If you have ever questioned or doubted your path, take my hand and walk with me as we “Ride the Waves” together.
Book Reviews Riding the Waves: A Memoir of Love, Loss, & Grief
“Riding the Waves, A memoir of Love, Loss & Grief” beautifully captures the experiences of emotional rawness that loss and grief often portray in life, especially from a young age. Through the author’s challenges and perseverance, the reader is provided with a personal connection to the story that interweaves accurate and helpful ways to support ourselves and others along the grief continuum. Riding the Waves is an excellent resource for anyone who is looking to educate themselves on ways to help, as well as ways to support loved ones with young children. Encounters of love, loss and grief in life are not meant to be experienced alone. Riding the Waves is a wonderful companion for any part of that journey.
“A beautifully well-written memoir that will make you think differently about loss.”
“I can’t imagine how difficult it must have been [to write this book]. Katherine is an amazing writer and really takes the readers on the journey with her.”
“In “Riding the Waves,” Katherine courageously invites readers into the raw and intimate corners of her heart as she navigates the tumultuous waters of grief following the untimely death of her husband, Brad.
From the opening pages, Katherine weaves a narrative that is both heart-wrenching and heartwarming. With grace and vulnerability, she chronicles her relationship with Brad, their marriage, and the birth of their daughters. She shares the challenges of raising babies while her husband battles cancer. And then, in the aftermath of her husband’s passing, captures the complexity of emotions that accompany such a profound loss.
What sets this memoir apart is Katherine’s ability to articulate the universal aspects of grief while infusing her own unique experience into every page. The narrative is not just about mourning; it’s about resilience and growth. She shares the messy, nonlinear path of grief, offering solace to those who have walked similar roads.
“Being courageous enough to sit with someone who is grieving is a gift that shouldn’t be undervalued,” Katherine tells us, as she recounts what it was like in the first year after her husband’s death. But she’s given the biggest gift of all, in the form of this book. This poignant grief memoir is a testament to the strength of the human spirit and a guide for anyone grappling with profound loss… as well as anyone wishing to support another on that journey.”
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