I was still confused when I remembered the person I had been – the person who had traveled alone to the Middle East, who had started her adult life alone with a mortgage and in a county where she knew no one, but who had soon found many friends and had felt so happy. Now I had become a shadow of that person. I didn't want to leave the house and didn't feel comfortable in my own skin. I might as well have had my soul snatched by aliens! The good news was that that person hadn't gone but had changed, just as the times and lifestyle had done. So my new situation would also change at some point, but it would take time.
This book is a true story about finding one’s forever home—literally and spiritually. It depicts the life of a woman who lived mostly solo.
In this tale set in southeastern England in the 1960s, Vanessa grew up within a working class family whose values taught her to always appreciate the countryside, consider others, and care about animals. These values stayed with her even after her parents’ painful divorce, when she was forced to move to the city to start a new life with her mother.
From then on, it seemed as though she had been blessed with good fortune by finding a good job and home of her own, where she could indulge her love of the countryside and animals once more. There were special romances along the way and so many parties and good times thrown in that she wondered if life could possibly get any better. What she hadn’t considered was that life could actually get worse—much worse—and it did.
Suddenly she was faced with uncertainty and had to question and understand what had happened and where her self-belief was. The person she had once been and the wonderful life she had once known had completely disappeared, and now she was left facing her biggest challenge yet. Could a hopeful heart be enough? It had to be; it was all she had.
About the Author
Vanessa Bunting has a professional career background which spans more than three decades.
She has written various articles for many magazines and newsletters.
This is her first book.
Vanessa lives with her husband and cat in Essex, England.