sunshine-soup-cover-72… writes Cathy Powell in her review of Jo Parfitt’s first novel, Sunshine Soup: Nourishing the Global Soul (Summertime Publishing, 2011).

Sunshine Soup: Nourishing the Global Soul is set in Dubai in 2008 and follows six women searching for meaning in a life judged by many to be charmed and superficial. As first-timers, lifers and love immigrants operate within the expat bubble a darker side emerges – of culture shock, loss of identity, depression, temptation and grief. Includes extra material for reading groups and 20 recipes created in the kitchen of main character Maya Winter, who cooks to find herself. Read more about Sunshine Soup here.

Australian-born Cathy is the blogger behind AnItalophile.com. She developed a passion for Italy while a teenager and was lucky enough to live there for six years with her Italian husband. She, her husband and their two kids today reside in South East England. Read the full review, and more about Cathy’s experiences in Italy, here.

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