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Helle Amin
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2 Jun 2008
As I approached the house, I was gripped with terror. Call it a mother's instinct, call it what you will. I knew that something terrible had happened. When I saw that my husband's car had gone, I feared the worst. I raced into the house and tore through all the bedrooms screaming, sobbing and desperate. I wanted my children so badly. Where were they? Why would he take them? I knew I had to get them back, but how?Helle Amin seemed to have the perfect life on the tropical island of Bali with her husband and four children. But one day in 2002 this idyllic existence was shattered when she returned home from a shopping trip to find her children gone. It didn't take long to discover that her Saudi Arabian husband had taken them to live in his home country.With her children thousands of miles away in the totally unfamiliar surroundings of an Islamic state, Helle drew upon her remarkable courage. Enlisting the help of her friends, she set off for the desert in a desperate attempt to find her beloved boys. Her journey was filled with drama, danger, excitement and sorrow. In the astonishing struggle that followed, Helle was reduced to catching occasional glimpses of her boys as they went to and from school in Jeddah. Some women might have given up, but not Helle. In a male-dominated society, she prepared her case and demanded justice in the Saudi courts.After a long battle, Helle and her boys were reunited forever, and as a testament to her bravery she was a recent Tesco Mum of the Year winner. This gripping story cannot fail to touch any reader's heart and is packed with adventure, heartache and joy.

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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: John Blake Publishing Ltd (2 Jun 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844546063
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844546060
  • Product Dimensions: 2 x 12.8 x 19.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 404,992 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Helle's story should sound alarm bells because the number of children being taken illegally to Islamic countries such as Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, and Dubai, is rising." --"Sunday Times," London

About the Author

Helle Amin was born in Denmark in 1964. She obtained a teaching degree there, and came to this country to study acupuncture. Helle married in 1990. Since her traumatic experience, she has helped to support other women who have not yet been reunited with their abducted children. Helle now lives with her young family in the West Country. David Meikle was born in Edinburgh in 1954. He began his career in newspapers, before moving into television. He is a former News Editor with ITV, and recently produced the ITV 50 series for the South of England. David is a keen musician, and plays tennis for a local club in Hampshire.

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars page turner 16 Mar 2007
By Lady A
Really enjoyed this book. The cover is really eyecatching - an absolute page turner - couldn't put it down until I knew what happened next. However for a potentially harrowing subject a well written book with a surprising amount of humour. The sections written by the children were very touching and brought the reality of the story into sharp focus. What an amazing mum and to now be helping other women going through what she did is a credit to her strength and integrity.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing 21 April 2013
By Petaig
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The preview led me to believe the book would be more - an good story but only because she got the children back - too much emphasis on what the author was doing outwith the point of the story. Not impressed with her and other men stories - failed to see the connection with that and on getting the children back!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sally Grandy 25 July 2007
This was an excellent read, and I couldn't put it down once I'd finished the first chapter - it was written with passion and you had a real sense of despair for Helle and her predicament. I especially liked the boys contribution in the book, which added another dimension. I'd thoroughly recommend this read, the ups and downs of her struggle to get the boys back. This is ideal for the summer holiday - a must!!!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Reunited - a pleasure to read 23 Mar 2007
An excellent read - real page turner. I was particularly impressed by the "immediate" writing style - and gripped by the narrative. The children's accounts were particularly poignant. A real credit to the authors !
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This book is dreadful. Badly sritten an boring, I would not recommend it to anyone. Do not waste your money.
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5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant book 24 Jun 2014
By Joan
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Engrossed from start to finish, a very brave lady who fought against all the odds,her children should be very proud!
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3.0 out of 5 stars A good book 18 May 2014
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I liked the book but thought it was a bit "disorganised". It kinds of start from the middle of the story, then forward and backward. I would have preferred a more linear approach from beginning of the story to the end. An interesting book to read anyway.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Reunited in the desert helle amin 17 Nov 2013
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Excellent book,the. Story of a mother searching for her children after their abduction. So glad it had a happy ending. Please support Reunite the organization that helps the parents of abducted children.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars reunited in the desert
I loved this book what a adventure it was. Brilliant story kept me intrigued till the end loved it brilliant
Published 5 months ago by jay
5.0 out of 5 stars DESPERATION OF A MOTHER
Published 9 months ago by R L MUIR
4.0 out of 5 stars Well done Helle
The true story of a Danish woman's struggle to get her son's back from Saudi Arabia after her Saudi husband kidnapped them. Very readable.
Published 9 months ago by Jenny
3.0 out of 5 stars Every mother's fear.
Stark recollection of a mother's quest to be reunited with her children.
Gripping and well told. Holds the imagination throughout the book.
Published 10 months ago by julie taylor
5.0 out of 5 stars eye opener
This remarkable story opens up what Saudi Arabia is like and how women are treated so badly. This mother had courage and determination to fight these laws and get her abducted... Read more
Published 10 months ago by KEITH
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Published 12 months ago by Glyn Roberts
5.0 out of 5 stars could not put book down
Amazing mother
Fighter and such a courageous woman, you can not believe how cruel people can be but she kept her fight and won back her babies, great book and such an... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Debbie
4.0 out of 5 stars Compelling read
I downloaded this book because I have lived in Jeddah and currently live in Riyadh! My heart broke for this family, I can't imagine not seeing my children every day but this... Read more
Published 13 months ago by lisa
1.0 out of 5 stars This book is a waste money
This book is more of a travel guide. It gives more information about tourism in Bali and Saudi Arabia, than the story about how Helle manage to get her children back. Read more
Published 13 months ago by gayle
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