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Her latest book, "Silent Heroes: When Love and Values Are Worth Fighting for", is a highly emotional read, action-packed, a vivid story of enormous sacrifice and bravery. "Silent Heroes" is a narrative about the value of life. Whose are the spoils-of-war? A new look at the War in Afghanistan, at the MWD, Military Working Dogs and the brave Marines fighting it, but also at the Afghans caught in it.
Her book "Joyful Trouble" is an Amazon Bestseller.
Her book of poems "As Good As Gold" became a #1 New Release the day it was published.
Based on her previous books, Patricia is well known for her uplifting, charming themes and lovable, enchanting characters: dogs, cats, elephants, cheetahs, lions, but also squirrels and snails. Using her knowledge she crafts stories and poems that are great fun, as well as teaching empathy. Her stories are filled with "creativity and vivid imagery" and she knows how to "capture the reader's imagination."
Her words "truly make the world a happier and more beautiful place!"
Her prolific writing is described as: positive, diverse, crisp, joyful and uplifting.
Patricia Furstenberg came to writing though reading, her passion for books being something she inherited from her parents. As a winner of the Write Your Own Christie Competition, the Judges "were impressed by her thorough investigation and admired the strength of her narrative; they were impressed by her style". The judges thought Patricia's writing style is "well structured, with a great sense of tension and suspense", "confident and intriguing". The Judges were Mathew Prichard, David Brawn from Harper Collins UK and Daniel Mallory from Harper Collins US.
When she's not writing Patricia enjoys reading, researching for forthcoming books and traveling with her family. She never counts how many cups of coffee she enjoys in a day.
Patricia lives happily with her husband, children and dogs in sunny South Africa.
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How far would you go to save strangers in need? Who are the Marines’ true allies?
Military Dogs would risk their lives for their humans in a heartbeat, but can soldiers do the same when personal struggles and global affairs defy humanity?
From the author of the Amazon Historical Fiction Bestseller ‘Joyful Trouble’ comes Silent Heroes, When Love and Values Are Worth Fighting for - “a book not to be missed.” (Mandie Griffiths, Book Reviewer)
An educated woman is prepared for the ultimate sacrifice in order to teach reading to the girls in her community. She leaves behind a daughter and a son whose lives become intertwined with those of the U.S. Marines serving at Military Base nearby. But the Taliban is infiltrated everywhere and is hard to differentiate between friend and foe. The U.S. Marines fight with bravery to protect the civilians of Nauzad and to fend off the Taliban at Qala-e-Bost, thus protecting Bost Airport, a vital strategic point for the allies. One thing is certain; the Marines can rely on their Military Working Dogs. A race against time follows in one last battle of eradicating the Taliban and saving civilian lives before it is too late. ”an emotional rollercoaster of a read" (Amazon Reader)
“The author does a very good job in engaging us with the cast of this tragedy that has been playing out for hundreds of years, and introduces us to the key elements of the history of the region that brings us to the present day conflict. Tribal dynamics, religious intolerance and foreign intervention all have their part to play. But at the end of the day it is those who have little say in the matter who are affected the most.” (Sally Cronin, Author & Blogger)
Silent Heroes, When Love and Values Are Worth Fighting for is a highly emotional read, action-packed, a vivid story of enormous sacrifice and bravery that will keep you on the edge of your seat. It is a book extremely well researched, with authentic details and an epic sense of the place. The war and the military involved, Marine and dogs, are described with reverence, as are the civilians caught in the middle of the fire.
"This is a very exciting, moving and well written book about war in Afghanistan. As an ex Airborne Engineer and veteran of many IED search teams, I especially appreciated the amount of research that went into making the story as true to life as possible. Would highly recommend this excellent book." (Amazon Reader)
"I thoroughly enjoyed reading this novel. The book is extremely well written and well researched. Not only does she depict the harsh realities of war, but the emotional turmoil and pain of the soldiers and the Afghan population innocently caught in the war. It was also very interesting to read about the important role Military Working Dogs played in the US Marines’ war against the Taliban insurgents." (Amazon Reader)
The War in Afghanistan is a contemporary, vitally important conflict whose meaning needs to be understood by the public worldwide. Silent Heroes, When Love and Values Are Worth Fighting for is a narrative about the value of life and the necessity of combat; the terror of dying; the ordeal of seeing your loved ones and your platoon-mates killed in front of your eyes; the trauma of taking a human life.
You can travel with Silent Heroes . For an epic sense of the place, on a journey to:
1. Lashkar Gah Mosque
"Reading this book brought back sweet childhood memories of times my mother would tell me and my brother bedtime stories of when she was a young girl"
an Amazon Best Seller & Most Gifted book
Available in Kindle, Paperback and Large Print
Take home an unbelievable and humorous true story of an incredible dog and how he found his true, yet unexpected calling.
You will love the moving tale of Joyful Trouble, a dog whose love for humans went beyond any human-dog connection.
When a Great Dane arrives in a Navy base nobody expects him to win everybody’s hearts, although breaking some rules along the way.
Delicious Vetkoek Recipe included!
A charming portrait of the bond between a small girl and boy and their beloved Grandad. This book takes readers on an unbelievable journey, tackling universal themes and voicing animal rights and the importance of fighting for what is right.
"Joyful Trouble is a must read for all ages."(Nada Sobhi, Poet)
"A story that reads like a movie."
Enjoy a heartwarming, too-good-to-be-true tale of friendship and dedication, an engaging and fun read about a gentle giant which never used his tail as a weapon.
"It is Parade Day, a very special day to remember a very special Royal Navy South Atlantic Ordinary Seaman. The parade was in honor and in memory of Joyful Trouble, a kind dog and an Ordinary Seaman, a Great Dane with a purpose. Ana and her younger brother, Tommy, are excited about the parade, but more than anything they want to hear the story about Joyful Trouble because their grandfather, a great storyteller, had once been an Ordinary Seaman, and it had been his responsibility to look after and look out for this Great Dane. The dog had an affection towards men of the sea and had caught the Navy’s and the town’s attention on more than one occasion due to his wanderings and traveling the train along with the seamen.
Patricia Furstenberg’s young people’s short chapter book, Joyful Trouble, is an amusing and fascinating fable, a story telling the life of one Great Dane in his role as an Ordinary Seaman in the Second World War. The story unravels as the grandfather tells the story to his young grandchildren. It sparkles with good, old fashioned family time and family storytelling, treasured childhood moments that sadly get lost too often in this fast-paced world. The young reader will quickly warm up to the young children in the story as they learn about a very special Great Dane as well as a vital part of their grandfather’s past. This is a compassionate and heart-warming story" 5STARS - Reviewed by Emily-Jane Orford for Reader's Favorite
"When I started this book, I was ready to cry to my heart’s content, considering this book was based on a dog. I came across a sweet, humorous and fun read. This book is based on a true story of Able Seaman “Just Nuisance”, the only dog ever to be officially enlisted in the Royal Navy. He served with HMS Afrikander, a Royal Navy naval base in Simon’s Town, South Africa, during the WWII.
Patricia has written a beautiful and oh so refreshing tale of friendship, loyalty, and love.
In the book, the story of “Joyful Trouble”, a mischievous but a very friendly and helpful Great Dane is narrated by a granddad to his 2 grandchildren, 9-year-old Anna and 5-year-old Tommy.
Trouble was a friend of the entire Simon’s town, especially the seamen. So much so that, he followed them everywhere, and even helped them.
"There is something truly magical about this wonderful collection. Having read each poem, I love how every word celebrates our canine companions from the tip of their wet noses to the wag of their tails." (Susan Day, Editor and Author)
"A super sweet and poignant book of poetry about what a pup thinks of his world. As a cat lover I especially was tickled by his relationship to the cat. Any dog lover would adore this book. The photos were appealing. Haikus at the end were tiny diamonds.” (Kathryn Meyer Griffith, long time author)
Celebrating the simple things in life as seen through the eyes of our old time favorite furry friends, “As Good as Gold” is a volume of poetry revealing the talent and humor we always knew our dogs possessed.
Dogs are full of questions, yet they are famed sellers of innocence especially when it comes to explaining their mishaps and often foolish effervescence through such pondering as “Why IS a Cat Not Like a Dog”, “As Brown as Chocolate”, “Silver Stars and Puppy Tail” or, best yet, “Dog or Book?”
A book with an enormous heart for readers of all ages, it includes 35 poems and haiku accompanied by expressive portraits of our canine friends. The poems are grouped in: Questions, Colors, Musings and Haiku.
* Ideal to boost you up by reading one poem at a time,
* Great conversational piece to have around on a rainy day,
* Fantastic tool to discuss colors in nature and everyday questions with your little ones,
* A gentle way to introduce children to animals' feelings,
* Amazing picture to cheer you up.
* An ideal gift for any dog lovers!
Chapter book with Christian values.
Pete is an ordinary elephant with an EXTRA-ordinary gift. But he is alone in a forest where he suddenly found himself, one rainy afternoon. But Pete can always find the best in each situation. This is why he befriends Murphy the lizard, since they both enjoy finding familiar shapes in the clouds. None of them is bothered by the difference in size or by how diverse their species are. On the contrary, they discover how similar they actually are.
Friendship regardless differences. Friendship in diversity
A heartwarming read.
This story will teach your child that something magical can happen when you try to see the best in every situation. You make new friends… and discover that clouds do taste like ice-cream!
This is Book 1 in Happy Friends Series and where it all begins.
Book 2 in Happy Friends Series: Little Tail and the Snow
“Pete, the yellow toy elephant and his friend Murphy the Lizard are the two main characters in this book that young readers (and those having the pleasure to read the story to their children) will be delighted to meet. The text immediately grabs the reader's attention and flows effortlessly from one imagery to another, interspersed with adorable illustrations and a simple philosophy: there is beauty in our world that anyone can appreciate or that can be shared and enjoyed in the company of a good friend. I will make sure to recommend the book to other parents. “(Amazon Review)
“This book really shines when you read it to a child. There are plenty of sound effects and colourful descriptions to keep a child's attention. “(Amazon Review)
“This is a great book for children over a wide age range.
I particularly liked the way the author used her imagination to remind us of the important things in life, like jumping on crunchy autumn leaves and running through long grass.
This would make a great book for children starting out on chapter books.
The lesson of how important friendships are is invaluable and will be appreciated by parents and children alike.” (Amazon Review)
NEW, revised edition. Bright, pictures that will engage children.
Hierdie gedig was geïnspereer deur die ware verhaal van Bonedigger, die gestremde leeu en Milo die vriendelike worshond wat bewys het dat vriendskap geen grense ken nie.
"Ek hou van die mooi boodskappe van vriendskap, geloof, optimisme en vriendelikheid oorgedra deur die storie. Die illustrasies is wonderlik en gee betekenis aan die outeur se woorde. Wat 'n pragtige storie vir ouers om vir kinders te lees om hulle te help om die ware betekenis van vriendskap te verstaan en hoe dit geen grense ken nie!"
5 Stars Readers’ Favorite Review for the English Edition
"I like the important underlying messages behind the story. It shows that friendship can happen despite being from two different races. The dog doesn’t give up on the lion. His faith and daily persistence in trying to cheer the lion up is rewarded with a lovely friendship. That is what friendship is about – supporting one another and being there despite the hurdles. Friends don’t give up." 5 Stars Whispering Stories Review for the English Edition
"The Lion and the Dog by Patricia Furstenberg is an absolute delight." 5 Stars Singing Librarian Review for the English Edition
"A message that translates to us all. We could all use a friend but moreover we can all BE one, and that really can make the difference." 5 Stars Amazon Review for the English Edition
In die hart van ‘n … dieretuin, word vertel,
Het ‘n leeu en hond gereeld gespeel
En selfs kos gedeel.
En die nuus het gou versprei.
“So ‘n vriendskap, jy moet mal wees
Om te glo dat ‘n leeu en ‘n hond vriende kan wees!”
“Hulle is nie dieselfde spesie nie!” het almal gesê.
NEW, revised edition. Bright, pictures that will engage children.
Hierdie gedig was geïnspereer deur die ware verhaal van Kasi, ‘n wees jagluiperd mannietjie, en Mtani, ‘n Labrador tefie, wat ‘n merkwaardige vriendskap gesmee het en lewenslank vriende gebly het…
Twee nat neuse het eendag ontmoet,
Heel toevallig, elke een op sy eie missie, het hulle gegroet.
Die son was hoog, dit was ‘n warm dag,
As die stof opwaai en jy wou sien, moes jy wag.
So is Afrika se wilde vlaktes,
Met lang, warm somers en sterte met stories.
NEW, revised edition. Bright, engaging, childlike pictures.
Hierdie gedig was geïnspereer deur die ware verhaal van Themba, ‘n ses- maande-ou weesolifant wat aangemeem is deur Albert die skaap. Die twee vriende woon in ‘n natuurreservaat in Suid Afrika.
Twee klein stertjies het een dag ontmoet,
Heel per ongeluk onder warm sonstrale het hulle gegroet:
“Hallo, kom ons speel!” met swaaiende sterte wat wys.
Hulle was nie dieselfde nie, tog albei was grys.
Een het groot voete, die ander was korter;
Een glimlag wyd, die ander se mond was kleiner.
Die kremetartboom was oud, dit lyk spesiaal gemaak asof ‘n reël:
Sit saam met ‘n vriend, om my groot skadu te deel.
Dit was pret om kos te deel, water en lag;
Dan rustig rus, sit en gesels en vir die reën te wag.
What readers say about Patricia's haiku:"Haikus at the end were tiny diamonds." (Kathryn Meyer Griffith, long time author)
"Haiku as little gems of brilliance."(Linda Hill, Book reviewer and blogger)
"I really liked the haiku – these short bursts of Japanese poetry."(Nicola, Short Book and Scribes blogger and reviewer)
"Enchanting secretScattered around, never lost.A shared dream lives on."
WHAT IS HAIKU?
Now an universal form of poetry, the haiku is originally a Japanese stanza form that prospered between the sixteenth to nineteenth centuries.Haiku is famous for its simple, clean lines and its briefness, usually comprising of three lines, seventeen syllables (5-7-5).Haiku uses imagery to make deep-thought annotations about reality, like brush strokes. In fact haiku is much more: it can be sensual, humorous, honest and playful.