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Five Star Book Reviews – The Zanzibar Moon


Five Star Book Reviews – The Zanzibar Moon

The Zanzibar Moon is receiving 5 Star Book Reviews and testimonials. This is what readers are saying:

The Zanzibar Moon by Donna Munro

“LOVED IT!!! The Zanzibar Moon takes you on a journey from the familiarity of the Gold Coast to an exotic world far away. You never know what lies ahead or what’s right in front of you! Congratulations Donna on a fabulous novel. Today I thought- today is the day I’m going to sit down and read I couple of chapters in the sun. I was up to chapter 13 and was beginning to think I’d never finish the book (too many interruptions). 21 chapters later and I’ve gone through a roller coaster of emotions today. I’ve laughed, cried, empathised, cried again – seriously Donna, I normally don’t cry that much!!! I was so invested in these characters. Congratulations on a fabulous book. I can’t wait to tell all my friends and family about the journey it took me on. Now I have to get back to reality and cook dinner. Again well done – I thoroughly enjoyed it!!!” – Paige Burrage (club secretary)

“Congratulations Donna Munro on Zanzibar Moon. A great read, I could imagine being in Zanzibar, the sites and aromas. It certainly tested the emotions, tears of sadness, smiles and wonder. Well done. Can’t wait for the next book.” – Leanne Gordon (school teacher)

“Just finished reading The Zanzibar Moon what a great story. Well done Donna Munro!” – Sandra Rogers (author, screenwriter and publisher)

“You actually have a lot of content in the book and the story line is an interesting “Chick Lit” and reminded me of Janet Evanovich series a lot. The mix of dialogue and locations made the book move and the way that the character travelled allowed you to explore lots of options for material. I could tell you had written it – it really came from your soul and your experiences/loves. There is a real mix of chick lit, travel, suspense and tear jerking.” – Angela Szpojda (owner of 360 Degree Wellness)

“I loved it. I really felt like I was walking the narrow lanes of Zanzibar and that I was taken on an African safari. It was a unique and beautifully written story. I haven’t read anything like it.” – Valerie Ibbotson (retired)

“I finished reading The Zanzibar Moon and absolutely loved it, Donna. I didn’t predict the ending either. It’s exotic, funny and full of adventure. It’s also inspired me to go to Zanzibar one day.” – Leesa Bennett (volunteer teacher abroad)

“I am really impressed by the book, you have really done your homework and if I did not l know any better I would have sworn that you have lived in Africa for a period of time.  You have captured life here so well with the chaos, the beauty, the nature, even down to the sometimes not so pleasant aromas (haha).   The story line is great and the characters are interesting.  I also like how you have put the relevant chapters in the first tense for Alkina and Dr Don.  It lets you get closer to the character I think.  I showed some of the Swahili to my colleague and as far as she could tell you were spot on.” – Kerry Zillner (UN worker in Africa)

 

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The author is also available for interviews.

What is beauty anyway? You’ll probably won’t find it social media.


What is beauty anyway? You’ll probably won’t find it on social media.

What is beauty? Is it truly in the eyes of the beholder or is there more to it? Have we been conditioned to believe certain aspects of beauty exist when perhaps they don’t? Is our perception of beauty distorted by watching excessive news and social media?

Beauty in the eyes of the beholder - Graphic Stock

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I sat in the hairdressers the other day. They had a hair magazine or Harpers Bazaar. I don’t buy this kind of publication so thought it was a treat to have a peek (I’m more the fitness or home beautiful kinda girl). Not only were the fashions only for the runway (or perhaps the streets of Milan, but not Coolangatta), but didn’t make the models look pretty, let alone beautiful (only my opinion). Seriously, the models were so thin that in one of the photo shoots it’s a wonder the camera could even capture them.

What happened to the fashion industry taking body image seriously? I know there are naturally thin women, but there was no depiction of a mix of women and no curvy women, except for Elle McPherson on the cover (and let’s face it she’s a freak by any standard of beauty). No depiction of normality at all. Okay I know Harpers Bazaar and other fashion magazine are about the fashion ‘art’ and I appreciate that, but I felt annoyed. I know for fans of Harpers, I don’t have to read it. I’m just pointing out how I felt, and even if I were rich one day I’d still prefer comfortable, beach Aussie clothing (even a bit of feminine floaty boho) to runway artwork. Do the people who read these magazines actually think that inside the pages are beautiful? Did they always think that way or did it happen the longer they looked at those images? Is the media influencing how we see things?

To me beauty isn’t size or what you wear, or how you wear it and it’s not someone taking a selfie and photoshopping it beyond recognition (no really your lips aren’t that pouty and your cheeks aren’t that hollow, but if they are good for you). Beauty by definition is; a mix of qualities, such as shape, colour, or form, that pleases the aesthetic senses, especially the sight. Beauty is something that makes you feel good when you see it. We need to see things not only with our eyes but also with our heart and mind and then we’ll find what’s really beautiful.

I believe in observing the beauty outside the media influencers. I love a heartfelt smile on any shape age or size face. I love twinkling eyes and mischievous grins of any colour, culture or religion. I see beauty in any size woman (or man for that matter) that loves their own body and embraces what they have, from tiny Linda Hunt to fun-time Rebel Wilson. I see and old man with watery eyes as he looks adoringly at his wife as beautiful. I see the tiny down’s syndrome girl playing with other kids as just another cute child and so is the redhead with freckles (or not like Ed Sheran). A Digger in a wheelchair with a big smile on his face because he’s playing  basketball at the Invictus Games; that’s beautiful. Three children walking hand-in-hand; one Christian, one Asian, one Muslim; black, cream, white – beautiful! A baby cuddling a puppy and giggling as it licks his face (do I even have to say, “That’s beautiful”?).

It’s not just people either. While I’m smiling at a sunny day, someone out west, waiting for a drought to break, is grinning at a bunch of rain clouds greying the day. My gorgeous white sandy beach with turquoise blue water isn’t as beautiful to the person who loves snow, ski slopes and winter. To an overworked uni student a pile of books is an ugly chore; to the bookworm all books are beautiful.

There’s enough ugly in the world at the moment (terrorism, domestic violence, racism, sexism, ice; to name a few), so let’s find the beauty all around us, not the stuff on social media, news or magazines, but the real stuff in our lives.

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