Professional Reviews

“Written with eloquence and raw honesty, Laura Stephen’s insightful journey provides a rich resource for expatriates and others struggling with the challenges of a major life transition.”
By Tina Quick, author of The Global Nomad’s Guide to University Transition, (August 2012)

“Touch, taste, and feel the incredible paradoxes inherent in an expatriate lifestyle.”
By Ruth E. Van Reken, author of Letters Never Sent, co-author, Third Culture Kids: Growing Up Among Worlds, co-founder, Families in Global Transition, (August 2012)

“Sometimes bumpy. Never maudlin.”
By Apple Gidley, author of Expat Life Slice by Slice (July 2012)

“Stephens graciously takes us along on her downward spiral into depression, then details what helped as she makes her triumphant journey back.”
By Linda A. Janssen, author of The Emotionally Resilient Expat: Engage, Adapt and Thrive Across Cultures, (August 2012)

“A treasure trove of understanding and resources.”
By Anne P. Copeland PhD, author of Global Baby, (August 2012)

“One joins the author in the journey as she poignantly describes her various emotions and efforts to find her moorings and stability amid the chaos of transition. A must-read!”
By Virginia Travis, Editor-Among Worlds Magazine (September 2012)

Readers’ Reviews

“So beautifully written Laura and very honest for anyone married to an expat or living abroad. I loved the humour and brave honesty. Thank you for sharing your story. A definite read for anyone struggling with loss of identity.”
By Laraine VB. (October 2012)

“I think this is a very well written and captivating book. Your entertaining and quick writing style make it difficult to put it down. I love your way with words to describe places, people, situations and most importantly emotions and feelings. Your honest and heartfelt account of your initial struggle at your new posting turns into a refreshing story of overcoming the always dreaded depression. You have been incredibly brave to share it with us and surely the way you managed to come out the other side of it will be a valuable and useful lesson to many.”
Belen L. (October 2012)

“Your book was my reading whilst commuting into Victoria. What can I say but ‘excellent’, I thoroughly enjoyed it. Interesting, moving, as well as witty. Your summing up of certain situations was so real that one could really relate to it. Definitely a book that needs to be read!”
Jennifer A. (November 2012)

“Just wanted to thank you for your book and for normalizing so much of the experience of an educated and successful career person who now finds herself in the key role of support person for the family. I think resources such as your book are such an important addition to the expat literature.”
By Kathleen F (October 2012)


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