Helsinki Sunrise (book review)


Today I’ll be reviewing Marion Ueckermann debut novelette, Helsinki Sunrise, a fun romance set in Finland. This charming Christian love story with feisty heroine, Eveliina Mikkola is set, surprisingly, in the exotic location of Finland. Missionary Adam Carter from Africa has been offered the use of the family cottage on a beautiful lake by a […]

Meet author Marion Ueckermann


I first met Marion Ueckermann at a Beauty for Ashes women’s conference in Johannesburg. I was intrigued to find out that she was writing novels in her spare time, and ever since then I have followed her writing career with interest. Her debut novel, Helsinski Sunrise, has just been released and I’ve reviewed it here. […]

Health Journal news


Beauty for Ashes Health Journal for Women Sally-Ann Creed and I collaborated on  the Beauty for Ashes Health Journal for Women which was launched at the 2009 Beauty for Ashes conferences in both Johannesburg and Cape Town. The publisher, Struik Christian Media, also launched it in Exclusive Books at the same time. Much to our delight, […]

Dogon Country

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We had a continental breakfast in the courtyard of the Motel Severe. The bread in Mali, always baguettes, is wonderful! Then we hired ourselves an accredited guide (no escaping that) and set off for Dogon country. The Dogon area is the most visited in Mali. To quote the Bradt Travel Guide, “There are about 350,000 […]


The Great Mosque is the largest mud building in the world
and a Unesco World Heritage Site

We left Bamako at 5am on Tuesday for Bandiagari via Djenne. Mali is full of surprises and the area around Djenne was certainly one of them. There are huge wetlands/floodplains where rice is grown. They also seem to grow millet everywhere and some maize. The cattle are very handsome too. Djenne is on an island […]

Bamako at last!

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Two crazy people We were told to be ready at 5.30am the next morning. To our horror we got a call at 4.50am to ask us where we were! We threw our things into our cases like two crazy people and hurried down, me with wet hair and no make-up. Upon arrival at the airport […]