Not specifically written as a parenting book, Chai tea & Gingerbeer will evoke memories of your childhood, smells and tastes from around the world while also empathising with the great privileges and struggles as we transition from young girl to woman to wife to mother. Highly recommended as an honest story of a woman growing up, getting married and starting a family, Deborah Kirsten writes of her adventures, her life lessons, her faith and her travels. Read my review here…
Every South African woman who grew up during the 1980’s or 90’s will appreciate her stories. She writes about her incredible family, her years in a girls’ private school and studying at UCT. The man she later falls in love with happens to be Gary Kirsten, international cricketer and coach and the realities of trying to maintain a solid relationship while touring or apart make for interesting reading.
Most pertinent to members of our Online Antenatal Class will be the chapters on pregnancy and motherhood which took her by surprise. She writes beautifully about the privileges and the hardships involved.
Chai tea & Gingerbeer is an easy read even for sleep-deprived moms; in fact, you’ll probably battle to put it down and would make a lovely gift for family, friends, new moms and ex-pat moms in other countries.