Glass Half Full

Glass Half Full

Our Australian Adventure

Author: Sarah Jane Butfield
Length: 225 page(s)
Written: Nov 2013
Sales Rank: 17 XinXii Sales Rank
Views: 23420

Category: Biographies & Memoirs » Woman biographies  |  Work: Travelogue
Keywords: Parenting, Step-children, Blended family, Australia, Travel, Alice Springs, Nursing, Family relationships, PTSD, Bereavement, Marriage, Children, Pain management, Queensland floods, UK, Visa, Depression, Road trips, Motor home, Brisbane Floods, Emigrate,

Moving to Australia, the future all mapped out until life wreaks havoc on them.

Find out what it takes to keep the Glass Half Full, as challenging life events including grief, loss, PTSD and devastating floods, test this expat step-family to their limits.

After enduring divorce and numerous child custody battles, Sarah Jane knew that a fresh start in Australia was their only chance of future happiness and that as a family they were making the right decisions. Living the Australian dream in Alice Springs was everything they hoped for until life-changing events started to test the foundations of this resilient family. Using every ounce of positivity they could muster they struggled on and just as they thought the worst was over Mother Nature intervened and washed away the roots to their new life during the Brisbane floods of 2011. This story lets you experience Australian life with an inspirational woman and her courageous family, as they struggle to survive challenging life events and keep their dreams alive.
Life is never without its challenges, but how many life-changing events can one family endure before they reach breaking point? Find out in this heart wrenching and touching true story.

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About the Author

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Sarah Jane, the roving Florence Nightingale, has had a successful career as a nurse and used her nursing and later teaching qualifications to take her around the world. She is now the successful author of a travel memoir series set in Australia and France. In addition, she recently released the first two books in a series of self-help literature for aspiring and debut self-published authors: The Accidental Author and The Amateur Authorpreneur. Her new nursing memoir, Ooh Matron! Released on 14th September 2015 is book one in The Nomadic Nurse Series and is already attracting 5-star reviews.
Glass Half Full: Our Australian Adventure, her debut travel memoir, and the award-winning sequel Two dogs and a suitcase: Clueless in Charente, are regularly found high in the Amazon rankings in categories including; Parenting, Grief, Christian faith, Step-parenting, Travel and France. Her culinary memoir, Our Frugal Summer in Charente was recently voted as one of the 'Top 50 self-published books worth reading in 2015'.
Author Sarah Jane Butfield was born in Ipswich and raised in rural Suffolk, UK. Sarah Jane is a wife, mother, ex-qualified nurse and now an international best-selling author. Married three times with four children, three stepchildren and two playful Australian Cattle dogs she an experienced modern day mum to her 'Brady bunch', but she loves every minute of their convoluted lives.
Sarah Jane loves to interact with her readers so feel free to connect on social media:
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Customer Reviews (4 reviews)  
Honesty guaranteed! Apr 16, 2015
by Jonathan Wright
Sarah Jane Butfield and her husband are truly courageous and inspirational. What they endured and survived away from their extended family is incredible. It tells of the family's adventure as they migrate to Australia from UK. It is a warts-and-all true story which makes you laugh and cry in empathy with them. I defy you not to be touched by this at times heart-rending memoir.

Totally in awe of this woman Apr 4, 2015
by Anonymous
This is an amazing story of courage and commitment to family values. I think the reader needs to look at this not only as a travel memoir depicting the sights, sounds and experiences of not only Outback NT, but also Queensland and ultimately Tasmania, but also as a personal story being shared. It must have been a cathartic exercise to write this and I get the sense that there is plenty more to come from this woman who strives to keep it all together without falling apart herself under extreme circumstances. I am currently reading book 3 in this series and I am totally in awe of this woman and her achievements.

couldnt put it down Sep 27, 2014
by Cam WIlliams
I am a non reader but felt I had to read this fantastic book as I have travelled Australia, Sarah and her family show great courage, through so many hard times. I really felt like I was one the journey with her. It is fantastically well written and I enjoyed every page. Can't wait to read the sequel

Fantastic Read Sep 27, 2014
by Sam Parker
I have just finished reading Glass half full, our Australian adventure by Sarah Jane Butfield and felt compelled to share it as I found the story so moving. This amazingly honest and heart-warming book shares the challenges and heart-rending events that she and her family have faced whilst pursuing their dream of a new life in Australia. Sarah Jane’s ability to turn these events into a positive experience with her determination and ‘can do’ approach to life is admirable.
The book is written in such a way that it made me feel so involved and close to her situations and experiences, especially with her brilliant descriptions. I felt I had witnessed it with her first hand and travelled this journey with Sarah Jane and her family. She has a very insightful writing style, which brings her emotions and challenges to life.
As challenging life events, look set to destroy their chance of a new life in Australian after emigrating from Cornwall, UK, this couple keeps picking themselves up and moving forward with the happiness of their family a prime focus. A must read for those who have ever thought about seeking a new life in Australia or anywhere really as it focuses on many issues experienced by expats.
An incredibly well written book, full of emotion, and very descriptive I do look forward to the next chapter in her life, which I believe will be based in South West France.

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