Books Can Change Lives

It took me years to find the books that changed my life in ways, nothing else has. I was a young mother with a 3 months old baby (said baby is today 44 years old) and had to seek refuge from a howling snowstorm with an older friend of the family. I still remember the scarcely furnished guest room. Over the bed, a little bookshelf was the only adornment in the room. I grabbed a book and read Breakfast at Six by Mary Scott. In German mind you, Mary Scott was famous in Germany! Go figure.

Our friend had a few more of her books and was friendly enough to let me borrow them. I loved the humorous stories of the life on a farm in the New Zealand backwaters. And forgot about it. 

Life took over, as it so often does. Two other babies and another husband later I found myself living in Holland. One day Peter rang me from work. His company offered him a leading position in Auckland, New Zealand. “But I won’t take it. It’s too far away from everything. It’s practically the end of the world.”

I was immediately up in arms. “Oh no. We have to go. I love New Zealand. It’s an amazing country, with amazing people, stunning nature, and millions of sheep.” All that I gauged from the above books. That was pre-internet, so my ‘research’ tools were truly antiquated.

It took some pleading and thinking and convincing, but about six months later we left the plane in Auckland, New Zealand. Two adults and three young children, a limited grasp on the language, yet bright-eyed and bushy-tailed. That was 30 years ago. Apart from the initial homesickness and a deep-seated longing for German sausages, we’ve never looked back. I’m still in love with this unique country. Homesickness has gone a long time ago, and we found a Black Forest butcher. There now. All is Good. A few weeks ago I found these five Mary Scott books second-hand. Although the writing style is no longer one that I would choose they are gorgeous and inspiring nonetheless… I might be biased, though.

Today I’m writing about life in New Zealand… albeit with less sheep in my stories but with lots of other things I love about my new home country. My books–The Golden Girls Series–are all set in New Zealand (at least partially). They come with a warning: Be careful! When you read them you might end up living here as well!

I dare you to read them!







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