Sunshine Soup

Book Cover: Sunshine Soup
Editions:Paperback
ISBN: 9781904881421
Pages: 330
Kindle

Sunshine Soup, Nourishing the Global Soul

Jo Parfitt

Dubai 2008.

In this multicultural melting pot, six women search 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.

Newcomer, Maya, navigates the unfamiliar while the sand beneath Barb’s feet begins to shift. Stereotypes are smashed as the reality of life amidst shopping malls and housemaids rises to the surface.

As humid days get cooler, the plot deepens/soup thickens and the expats discover what really matters. For Maya the secret lies in the kitchen – a place that is no longer her domain.

This novel, which includes extra material for reading groups and 20 recipes created in the kitchen of Maya Winter, will inspire the reader in many ways. Not only is it a good story, but if you read between the lines you will also learn much about how to be happy and fulfilled abroad. Issues such as loss of identity, mobile careers, the third culture kid, mixed marriages and depression all appear, which is why the book could also be viewed as a parable.

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Reviews:Robin Pascoe, www.expatexpert.com wrote:

As she does in her fabulous non-fiction books, in Sunshine Soup, Jo Parfitt makes the challenges of being a mobile wife ring stunningly true.

Anita Burgh, author of 22 best selling novels wrote:

An interesting and evocative read. A peep into another world.

Susan Macaulay, Creator & Curator, AmazingWomenRock.com wrote:

A great story, well told! It will sell like hotcakes.

Stephanie Katz,
 editor Expat Arrivals wrote:

Candid, forthcoming and insightful; Parfitt throws open the curtains and unveils a window into the life of the modern expat wife. What we find can be as hard to swallow as it is empowering, but the journey she takes us on is honest and inspiring, and the realities of relocation all but leap off the page. Sunshine Soup manages to be both thoroughly enjoyable and deceptively informative


Author: Jo Parfitt

I have run my own business since I was 25, largely because I am a serial entrepreneur and cannot survive without the variety provided by being self-employed. After 10 years living and working abroad, we returned to England in 1997 and Summertime Publishing was born. In 2005 we moved to The Hague, then to Malaysia in 2014 and now back in the Netherlands. I have developed a business based on writing, publishing, mentoring and teaching what I know. I know how to write, how to publish, how to run a business despite international moves, how to network and how to live abroad. I find countless opportunities to change lives through my writing, teaching, speaking and mentoring and love nothing more than to 'share what I know to help others to grow'.