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Aileen Friedman

aileen friedmanAileen Friedman is an accomplished author with three novels behind her name. The first, “Changes From a Sunset” was published in 2012, “When is My Forever”, in 2013, “Second is Best” in 2014 and “The Sparkle in Her Eyes plus Six more Short stories” in 2015. Ms Friedman taps into her personal experiences for inspiration, and her work has been very well-received not only in South Africa but throughout the world, for its accessibility and the believable characters she creates. Having been a dedicated Christian for 24 years, and an upstanding member of her community, Ms Friedman’s stories carry a message of hope for all her readers.

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Changes From A Sunset (Religion/Romance/YA)

Changes from a sunsetTali’s commitment to God has wavered for a long time, much to the dismay of her parents. When her surfer boyfriend Cole starts searching for salvation, Tali is drawn back to her Saviour to serve Him.
Just as Tali and Cole’s lives become increasingly perfect a series of events happen within a short space of time.
Out of these enormous trials facing Tali, a friendship grows unexpectedly with surprising results.
Tali has to get strength from her family, her friends and colleagues, but mostly she has to rely on God

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When Is My Forever (Religion/Romance/YA)

When Is My ForeverVanda had spent all her life growing up in the Helderberg region in a strained, volatile and unloving relationship with her mother, Dena. When her best friend Patty and her meet a new group of friends they are introduced to love and also to God.
There are brief moments when it seems that Dena will change and become the mother Vanda has always wanted, but these moments are very short lived leaving Vanda feeling more and more bitter.
Egan, her Irish boyfriend is the perfect antidote for her but their plans for a happy forever is put to the test when he has to leave South Africa as his work dictates beyond his control.
To worsen matters an unwanted pregnancy makes Vanda discover an anger that overcomes her.
Will Vanda rely on God to pull her through this traumatic time and will Egan be her forever she has been longing for all her life.

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Second is Best (Religion/Romance/YA)

Second is BestFrom the coastal towns of Warner Beach in Natal to Gordons Bay in the Western Cape during the seventies Kaye Reid travels hoping to eventually find forgiveness and a new life.

She leaves behind a roller coaster life of happiness and disappointment from her High school boyfriend, her parents and her marriage.

Through new acquaintances Kaye finds God and realises that she has to rely heavily on Him to bring her through the difficult roads she must travel.

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The Sparkle in Her Eyes plus Six More Short Stories (Religion/Romance/Short Stories)

the sparkle in her eyesThe devastating disease, Alzheimer’s, that ravaged her mother, left the author, Aileen Friedman, inspired to share her emotional rollercoaster ride. A heartfelt and non-fictional short story told from the depths of her heart also includes humorous encounters with other residents of the home in which her mother spent her remaining days.

Included are six more short stories, all designed to encourage and inspire the reader. From the story about a beautiful but selfish model who loses everything in an accident, to an actress who finds true love on an airplane, and an alcoholic who returns to her hometown for a school reunion. The reader will also meet a woman whose life is changed when renovating a house, an elderly lady who returns home after sixty years and who is haunted by her past, and a young lady who by discovering a cosy bookstore discovers much more.

Be uplifted by seven wonderful stories, share the author’s tears and happiness, and rejoice in the strength of Jesus as her characters overcome the obstacles placed in their paths.

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