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Glass Half Full: Our Australian Adventure (Sarah Jane's Travel Memoir Series Book 1) Audio Download – Unabridged

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Sarah Jane Butfield and her husband are truly inspirational, what they have endured and survived is incredible. Her book "Glass Half Full tells the adventure of their emigration to Oz, in full techni-colour, warts-and-all detail, I defy anyone not to be touched by this eloquent memoir.
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I've read quite a few books now about Brit families uprooting at middle age and relocating to different countries, but this is far and away the most impressive - author Sarah Jane and `where ever I lay my hat that's my home' hubby Nigel leave cosy Cornwall and land in Alice Springs, Australia. Not the romantic Alice Springs I remember from the Flying Doctor radio show of my childhood, but 40 degrees of numbing heat, with lots of dust and flies thrown in. Plunged straight into an emergency resuscitation of a local boy in her new job as a nurse, Sarah Jane is quickly wondering what the heck she is doing there. But on she ploughs - through drastic weight loss as a result of TB exposure, the tragic death of mother-in-law Sheila on the heels of her romantic wedding in Scotland (so sorry for Nigel, my mum died on my wedding day, I became a bit of a "grieving bushman" too!), the terrible trauma daughter Jaime experienced at the hands of an incompetent surgeon, the struggle to build a log cabin in the middle of the desert, the road rage incident which left the author even more traumatised than Jaime, the awful bankruptcy which followed the family's wonderful home being submerged in the Brisbane floods, and finally the gruelling drive-through-four-states-of-Australia-with-no-sleep slog to relocate in Tasmania. There is an iron will at work here, and the family's mantra - "Work the plan, to achieve the dream" - sums up the nothing-will-stop-me pioneer spirit which runs through this great book. Every time something goes wrong, and it goes wrong quite a lot of the time, Sarah and Nigel just pick themselves up and try again. Glass half full? It never looked like being empty!
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I was totally hooked to this book as the author gave a worts and all account of her emigration to Australia. The positive attitude of the writer and her Husband was an inspiration. I would definitely recommend this book. Brilliant.
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Glass Half Full: Our Australian adventure is the account of a powerful and optimistic woman, who is always able to pick herself up after hardship and misadventure, and try again. The writing is such that I felt I was there with Sarah and her family in their move to Australia. I felt caught up in the atmosphere and learnt a lot about the country and Sarah herself. Well done! I'm keen to read what happened next and eagerly await Sarah's account of her adventures in France.
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I enjoyed this amazing journey of Sarah's family's experiences while searching for a better life in Australia. A heart filled account of courage and faith. Beautifully written from this authors heart.... and I am now looking forward to the next book and what happens in France!!
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What an amazing story! How brave you have been!! Started this yesterday afternoon and could have read all night but needed my sleep!!! I want to know what has happened since your move to France!
My 2nd husband and I were going there but we've ended up in Southern Spain, still doing up an old farmhouse after 10 years and I get my State Pension from the UK this month!!!!
Look forward to reading more about you all!!!Keep writing!!!
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I enjoyed this 'no holds barred' account of one families experiences of searching for a better life in Australia. It is good to read that it isn't all Bondi and BBQ's when people decide to emigrate. The writer gave an excellent account of the way in which life has a habit of throwing in a 'googly' when it is least expected. All in all a very readable book - and interesting too.
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After reading this book (Glass Half Full by Sarah Jane Butfield)I felt that it was obviously from the heart, real and honest. I find that a rare quality nowadays. Whilst describing the chapter in the family court I actually felt a lump in my throat. That has never happened to me before by just reading. This Author is good and I await any further writings.
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