What a beautifully written book with heartfelt emotion. Once you start reading can’t put it down! Experiences we will all go through having lost or losing loved ones. Childhood experiences that relate to ourselves and then the most fascinating stories of success, travelling and development. Highly recommended and really good price at £7.99. Go for it!! – Amazon UK Review
It’s been a long time since Laila lived in Nairobi.
The death of her mother, Lakshmi, brings her home. Lakshmi, the mother she’s always loved but hasn’t always liked. Lakshmi, exuberant and vivacious, a nuisance to teenage Laila but a blessing as she’s raised her own family. Lakshmi, wasted away at the hands of a cruel illness.
The loss takes Laila back to her childhood experiences and then through the revolving doors of the decadent five-star hotel world where she has spent the rest of her life, travelling the globe from Dubai to Kinshasa. A world not as glamorous as Paris Hilton’s, where petty rivalries and fleeting friendships have become far too familiar. A crumbling marriage and helping genocide victims are some of the trials Laila has encountered in her search for happiness.
Lakshmi, Laila’s rock, may be gone, but her legacy survives. Her beliefs, her values, every way that she has touched Laila’s life—these things will live on.
It’s time for Laila to become the person her mother always wanted her to be.
A poignant story told beautifully by June. I couldn’t put the book down, I felt immersed! The descriptions of locations travelled by Laila and the tales she has to tell are both truly charming. I’m so pleased I stumbled across this author, I hope she has another in the works! -Amazon UK Review
You raised me up takes us behind the scenes of life in the hotel industry and shares all its secrets with us. Each chapter reveals a new story as captivating as the previous ones, and we’re plunged into this universe like we’re experiencing it ourselves. The author shares without restrictions and with attention to detail, her experiences sometimes complicated in a world where power and wealth are king. Some themes more sensitives than others like infidelity, death or racism are covered in an honest and heartfelt ways which takes us from laughter to tears in a single chapter. Very easy to read and enjoyable, this book full of humour is an anthem of love and acceptation. -Amazon UK Review