Book Summary

From the Publisher: How far would you go to change your life?

Sharell is 30 years old and living a privileged life in Melbourne’s wealthy suburbs. She has it all: the childhood-sweetheart husband, the high-powered job and plenty of cash to splash.

And it’s not destined to last. In a dramatic turn of events, Sharell’s marriage breaks down and her perfect life falls apart. Sharell opts for a complete change of scene, travelling to India to do volunteer work.

But reinventing herself is not as easy as it sounds, especially in the chaos and confrontation of India. Just as she is beginning to wonder whether she’ll ever find her way, she meets a man. And so begins Sharell’s transformation.

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why I wrote this book

When reading a book, especially one of a personal nature, it’s natural to wonder why the author wrote it. I know that I often do.

So why did I write Henna for the Broken Hearted?

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What’s my life like now?

A number of years have now passed from when the last chapter in my book drew to a close.

What’s my life like now? Where am I and what am I doing?

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“This is a delightful love story and a kind of manual for anyone wanting to rise to the challenge of living in another culture and society.”

Travel Section of The Age newspaper (Australia)

“I really loved this memoir, written by Australian, Sharell Cook….As a psychologist, I was drawn to her insightfulness and her growing sense of awareness and sense of self.”

Lauren Keegan / The Australian Bookshelf

“Being Indian, I loved the description of India which I thought was very different from the very cliched manner in which most non-Indians portray India.”

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