Waratah

Waratah : From the Ashes of the Vietnam War, Grew a Spirit That Would Not Be Stopped

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Ha-Le Thai knew that escaping Vietnam for freedom in a cramped, leaking boat would not be easy. She imagined that building a new life in Australia, from little more than a hope and a dream, would stretch her courage and strength to its limits. But the warrior and refugee never guessed that her biggest challenge of all would be motherhood.
A product of two cultures, Ha Le's daughter is educated, confident and excited to introduce her Australian boyfriend to the family. As a protective mother, Ha-Le must overcome beliefs of the past and embrace the future she's fought so hard for. But when a darker secret is revealed, Ha- Le finds herself once more a warrior caught on a battlefield. This time, however, cruel words and stony silences replace beatings and famine; the emotional warfare somehow taking a greater toll.
Past and present collide as Ha Le searches her history to try and make sense of her heartbreak. She might have overcome the threat of death and communism, but she's never truly escaped the ghosts that keep her light from shining. In this tale of strength and vulnerability, love and loss, life journeys and self-discovery, Ha Le must save her family a second time by returning to where her story began.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 492 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 28mm | 717g
  • English
  • Illustrations, black and white
  • 0648448622
  • 9780648448624

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An enthralling tale of motherhood, war, betrayal, and love.
Sam Cawthorn International Best Selling author and CEO/Founder of Speakers Institute.

The Waratah, is an exceptional piece of writing. Ha-Le's words take the reader on an extraordinary tale of personal tragedy, heartbreak and perseverance. The Waratah is an incredible read oozing with openness and vulnerability. It's pages are filled with adventure, curiosity, and strong links to Vietnamese culture. It's a fantastic read!
Kirsty Salisbury Speaker - Podcaster - Coach & Author - Auckland- New Zealand.

A Poignant and Powerful Tale of Love, Pain, and Growth. Ha-Le's story is incredibly moving and powerful.
The story weaves the past and present together so beautifully.
Jenifer Higgins Author, Teacher- USA

I admired Ha-Le's courage to share her life struggles and the many obstacles she overcame in her life. Her love of life is undeniably contagious.
Muna Nedimovich Project Manager - Finance- Vancouver, BC Canada

Captivating. A story of adversity told with wisdom and humility. I found I couldn't put it down- there were so many inspiring moments!
Lisa Harvey High school teacher- Sydney -Australia

Amazing life journey with full of courage and inspiration!
Vyle Nguyen Senior International Auditing Manager- USA
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