As a child, I knew three things for sure:
I had an angel
I loved my family
My mother was about to die.
'Stay strong, ' my father said on the morning of my mother's death.
So I did.
What I didn't know was that my mother's suicide would spark a chain of events that would shadow my life. Ultimately, blind faith drove me to the ends of the earth searching for proof.
Juliette and her daughter Bonnie leave their men and jobs in Australia and fly to Kathmandu to meet a guide they found on the internet. He leads them on a trek to the top of the world. But Mount Everest is as dangerous as it is magnificent, and Juliette's world comes crashing down when she discovers she's not as strong as she thought.
Juliette confronts her grief and her own mortality before realising her destiny in the fiery, frozen wilderness of Iceland.
What if staying strong isn't the answer?
All her life, people called her a dreamer. All her life she sought heaven. All her life she threw her wishes to the sky. But they say be careful what you wish for.
Where do we go when we die?
What if you asked God that question?
What if He replied?
Provocatively funny, naIve, romantic, and distinctly Australian, Juliette's Angel is a mystical memoir grounded by heartbreak and self-realisation. A true story well told.
"If you are looking to find hope and a little faith, Juliette's Angel: Death, Desire, Destiny is a powerful memoir by Juliette Power, and it offers a little more to those who want to believe." -- Alison Laverty, Huffington Post, 3 October 2016. Juliette's story is told in present tense and evolves at an energetic and powerful pace compelling the reader to turn the pages to see what is next to be encountered in her journey of discovery of the presence, of the past and perhaps, of eternity. Vivid use of imagery and detail in the telling of her journey enables the reader to see, hear, taste and smell all that is on offer in Nepal and the Himalayas - a land of killer storms, avalanches, valleys of glaciers, vultures, farmers hoeing their land, prayer wheels and golden Buddhas. One year later another journey is made to a different country - Iceland. Here Juliette finally finds reason to put aside any doubts in the existence of her angel in the sighting of a most remarkable event which occurs during an appearance of the elusive Aurora Borealis. It is as if Juliette has walked right though her past and has finally caught up with it and its real meaning. -- Robynne Briener