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Born into a perfect family, by 16,
Jacqui Burnett wants to kill her father.
With his gun.

Decades later, in her early ‘40s, Jacqui believes she has left her turbulent past and the trauma of eight near-death experiences behind her. On the surface, she has everything she’s ever dreamed of – an education, success and a wonderful husband. What Jacqui doesn’t know is that she’s about to lose everything.

‘I was about to step into a board meeting but instead I slid from my office chair and cowered under my desk, sobbing. As managing director, I was meant to announce a year of outstanding results; instead, I was paralysed.’

In a desperate search for answers, Jacqui travels to America. Alone in the Rocky Mountains, her life starts unravelling and the truth of her chaotic childhood begins to emerge.

In her confused attempts to find love and meaning, Jacqui has to face death one more time, along with an avalanche of unexpected obstacles, before rising from the ashes to heal.

Book Reviews

  • An incredibly inspiring memoir. Fasten your seatbelt! I really enjoyed this book, it challenged me in a lot of ways that I have not thought about before. Through her fascinating journey, Jacqui will make you laugh, cry, you really feel like you are there in her journey with her. This book is appropriate for all ages, I highly recommend it.

    Richman Bongani Mahlangu
    Richman Bongani Mahlangu Las Vegas, USA
  • A Must Read! The human spirit is incredible. Our ability to keep putting a foot forward no matter what, is unbelievable. This book is not just about our ability to keep moving, it is about the gift of love and living. Read it!

    A Mostert
    A Mostert USA
  • Life and Love Brave and brutally honest. Set aside some time. You’ll want to read this in one sitting. A journey of discovery. Life and love. Always good to start with self.

    Louise Kerby
    Louise Kerby Cape Town, South Africa
  • Authentic. This book is a treasure! A raw and honest account of disappointment, deceit and much heartache to an inspiring transformation of forgiveness and pure love. It’s a book you stay up late for as you can't put it down. Its Brilliant!

    Belinda Dunger
    Belinda Dunger Shaftsbury, United Kingdom
  • Brilliant! I could not put this book down. What a read!

    Mrs N Price
    Mrs N Price United Kingdom
  • It’s Jacqui’s engagingly frank voice and fierce self-enquiry that drives this fast-paced gripping tale through all its spirited twists and turns.

    Nina Geraghty
    Nina Geraghty South Africa
  • On one level, this is a tale of looking for love in all the wrong places, but on a deeper level, it’s a story of how adversity, viewed through the lens of insight and wisdom, leads to hope and redemption. It’s a tumultuous, terrifying, frustrating but finally redemptive journey, as Jacqui struggles to uncover the heroine within. The miracle is that she comes out the other side alive - and willing to use her life story to inspire others to survive and flourish.

    Giles Griffin
    Giles Griffin South Africa
  • This book has captivated me and is a page turner. I couldn't be more proud of Jacqui and her courage to write this memoir of her life.

    Sue Peterson
    Sue Peterson Toronto, Canada