Fans of travel, romance and self-discovery will embrace Wanderings of the Heart, a collection of transformational essays across five continents.
Each chapter in this book invites the reader to step into a different situation in a different country, providing an expansive backdrop for self-discovery.
After my dreams of family life were shattered in Colorado, I escaped to a small town in California to live amongst the redwoods with a toddler and a puppy. A nanny named Annabelle brought lightness and joy as I trekked around Mount Shasta and developed a temporary obsession with Bigfoot.
A creative writing teacher supported me in getting to work on a life review, but as soon as I got started, a wildfire chased us out of town. The community was in despair, and for a short time I was too, but the fires made it clear that it was time to move on.
In my search for answers about why things had gone wrong in my life, I had to look back at the beginning, the beginning of the relationships that brought me into this world.
From my Southern parents and grandparents, I’ve inherited a legacy of 185 years of matrimonial success and the belief that such a union will stand the test of time. As a child I expected my love life to play out like everyone else’s, lifelong and uncomplicated; except it didn’t.
With humor and honesty, I look back over three decades of chasing love and adventure across four continents. My global journey began with a trip to Spain at the age of 18.
In the years that followed, I traveled to more than thirty countries. In each place, I met diverse and fascinating people; sometimes, I found love.
On the tail-end of the Guatemalan civil war, I traveled to Lake Atitlan. My heart ached for the suffering people I met there, and in Guatemala I decided to live a life with purpose, although, as the years went on, distractions abounded.
After college, I wandered around Europe, Northern Africa and the Pacific Rim, and I wondered, a lot, about what to do next.
In Europe, I fell in love with an Australian named Luke. We boarded a ferry to see snake charmers in Morocco, then moved on to London, where I accepted a job as a gardener with an aristocratic family.
Luke and I resumed our story in Australia, where I was befriended by an albino kangaroo. But our romance fell apart as conflicting values came to the surface on the Great Ocean Road.
After graduate school, I followed a new relationship to Tokyo where I found work as an English teacher and editor. When my year in Asia came to an end, I moved on to New York City where my career in social justice finally took off with a human rights organization.
Looking back over my experiences, I examine a truth of our culture: how a brave and passionate woman can still end up with the wrong man and find her dreams shattered. I also discover that there is life after such despair—a life that is filled with wisdom and promise.
In transformational nonfiction, we want to give each other hope, and this book does just that.
Wanderings of the Heart will primarily resonate with women, those who love to experience the world through books, and anyone recovering from heartbreak and disappointment.
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