Aileen Friedman is an accomplished author with four 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 since 1989, and an upstanding member of her community, Ms Friedman’s stories carry a message of hope for all her readers.
Ms Friedman and her husband will be, in the later part of 2015, venturing out on an exciting missionary journey, traveling through Central and South America, carrying God’s word.
The Sparkle in Her Eyes plus Six more Short Stories
The 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.
Second is Best
Set in the seventies, Kaye Reid resides in Warner Beach on the South Coast of Natal. She has a difficult family life with alcoholic, chain-smoking parents but she thrives in the welcoming warmth of her high school sweetheart Boyd and his family.
Boyd and his best friend, York, are both deployed to complete the compulsory military service almost immediately after finishing school – putting their and Kaye’s dreams on hold for eighteen months.
What happens to Boyd in the army that turned him into a different person? From being an ambition-less surfer to a crack shot with a rifle, only interested in being in the army?
With the help from her friend Evelyn, Kaye gives her life to God and discovers new friends and a new love interest.
Will Spencer be the one she is meant to be with? Will he help her sort out her confused feelings for Boyd? And what about York who disappears from her life too?
Will Kaye seek God to be her pillar of strength when all the walls come crashing down around her?
When is my Forever
Vanda has always had a strained, volatile and unloving relationship with her mother, Dena. When Vanda and her best friend Patty meet a new group of friends they are introduced to love and also to God. There are brief moments when it seems as though Dena can change and become the mother Vanda has always longed for, but these moments are short-lived, leaving Vanda feeling more and more bitter. Egan, her Irish boyfriend, is the perfect antidote, but their plans for a happy forever are put to the test when he is forced to return to Ireland. To make matters worse, an unwanted pregnancy stops Vanda from joining him, and she discovers an anger towards her mother that consumes her. Will Vanda rely on God to get her through this traumatic time, and will Egan be the forever she has longed for all her life?
Changes from a Sunset
Tali’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.