The Woman Who Came Home: Walking back into my life

February 26, 2018

 

BOOK DESCRIPTION

Forty-year-old Penny de Villiers takes a pilgrimage that brings her back home.

When Penny faces the prospect of a second failed marriage, she’s pregnant and desperate for a way out. However, she dedicates herself to the marriage, hoping for a miraculous change so as to avoid another divorce. But eight years later she crosses the courts for a second time. Divorced with two children, Penny heads to Cape Town to start over. She starts dating Tony and all of her fears are reflected in this relationship. Not feeling like she’s good enough, she keeps love, life, and Tony at arm’s length. After her best friend commits suicide, Penny breaks down, but the tragedies are not over.

Ultimately, Penny must face her greatest demon: herself. She takes a pilgrimage, but after traveling across the world for truth, Penny discovers that it is the journey home to her own heart that demands the greatest courage. She describes it with poignant honesty. It leads her to understand that she had the answers within her all along—right at home. She shows us the way to a new peace and joy.

 

REVIEW

 

An intimate, powerful, and inspiring memoir

By Piaras on February 25, 2018 (Emerald Book Reviews)

The Woman Who Came Home by Penny De Villiers isn’t just a memoir; it’s a life improvement book. It’s an absolute must read for anyone who needs a healthy dose of inspiration in their life. This book is intelligent, wise and written in a very honest and open way. It becomes obvious as you read through this incredible page turner that the author is imparting her wisdom and understanding as to what happiness and health really means. It’s an excellent guide for putting things into perspective and may well be a potential life changer for all those who read it.

Profound thoughts are explained here in the simplest manner. That’s all one can say about this book. It’s difficult to write a more objective review, because the impact the author will have on you will make you see life and its problems in a wise and practical way. The book should NOT be read – it should be absorbed and reflected upon.

The author has put her heart in the pages of this book and it will inspire and give hope to the reader. So many wonderful and courageous people share their experiences through books, and I thank this author for sharing hers. The overall tone was simply imparting knowledge, personal experience and wisdom in a gentle and generous way. Her words will help to better equip you to interpret and handle life in a whole new way, which in turn will bring peace, love and joy into your life. If you are looking for inspiration and encouragement, this read would come highly recommended from me.

No matter what your situation is today, this book will put you on the right path to better things. I’ve been around the block a few times myself and even I found this read to be very insightful. This by far is one of the best books I’ve read in a very long time. The author must be commended for her time and effort for producing such a profound and insightful book.

The book description gives a preview; ‘Forty-year-old Penny de Villiers takes a pilgrimage that brings her back home. When Penny faces the prospect of a second failed marriage, she’s pregnant and desperate for a way out. However, she dedicates herself to the marriage, hoping for a miraculous change to avoid another divorce. But eight years later she crosses the courts for a second time.

Divorced with two children, Penny heads to Cape Town to start over. She starts dating Tony and all her fears are reflected in this relationship. Not feeling like she’s good enough, she keeps love, life, and Tony at arm’s length. After her best friend commits suicide, Penny breaks down, but the tragedies are not over.

Ultimately, Penny must face her greatest demon: herself. She takes a pilgrimage, but after traveling across the world for truth, Penny discovers that it is the journey home to her own heart that demands the greatest courage. She describes it with poignant honesty. It leads her to understand that she had the answers within her all along—right at home. She shows us the way to a new peace and joy.’

This is a work of deep reflection and mesmerizing storytelling. Penny De Villiers invites readers into her world, chronicling the experiences that have shaped her life. With honesty and lively wit, she describes her triumphs and her disappointments, telling her life story as she has lived it. It’s a deeply personal reckoning of a woman of soul and substance who has defied expectations, and whose story will inspire many to do the same.

The Woman Who Came Home is a wonderful read that will leave you feeling like a better person for having read it. It’s an impressive work and I’ll certainly be looking forward to reading more from this author in the future. A well-deserved five stars from me. Very few books had this kind of impact on me. Read it and you’ll know what I mean.

 

 

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