I read the first part of Hazel Barker’s extraordinary memoir, Heaven Tempers the Wind, when it came out and was keen to read the second part of her life story.
I don’t want to give away what happens in the book, but suffice it to say that the deprivations Hazel suffered as a child growing up during the Second World War in what was then Burma are surpassed by the heartbreak and challenges she faced later.
Yet this is not a story of despair, but rather of faith and hope – and ultimately of love.
A heart wrenching, human and inspiring story, well written and beautifully told.
Hazel’s memoir is set in Burma during the turbulent period following the Second World War and the subsequent civil war.
‘The Sides of Heaven’ is the sequel to ‘Heaven Tempers the Wind: Story of a War Child,’ which was shortlisted in the Australia and New Zealand-wide CALEB competition of 2017.
Armour Books, 2018