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Easily the best book I ve ever read Well written, heart wrenching and inspirational A book that must be read My daughter is in Australia and I visit her every two years with a stopover in Malaysia going and coming back and have done this for the past 12 years So I was interested to read this book to see what life was like as a member of their royal family.The Royal family are certainly revered there and there are posters pictures of them all over It is a poor country and there are ceratinly wide divisions between the poor and the well off and it is obvious that tourists are treated differently However, husband and I have eaten in the food courts in the markets and in out of the way little villages and have had delicious meals with no sign of stomach upsets, so I don t think the food preparation is quite as bad as painted in this book However, they are a predominately Muslim country and even in the expensive hotels the bacon is beef.This book certainly gives an insight into the lives of Muslim women the world over.I was appalled to discover that female circumcision still takes place there and think this is a barbaric practice Although this is a sad story, Jacqueline has fought back and now helps others to find their abducted children as well as helping children in war torn countries A very interesting read. WOW This is one amazing true life story Jacqueline takes you through her childhood full of abuse, into her teen years of peace, and then into a nightmare marriage to a Malaysian prince who abused her both physically and mentally There is so much to this book that I could go on and on and on All I can say is this is not a book to passed by if you like to read good books Jacqueline also has a youtube page where she posted an interview about the book This is the true story of Jacqueline Pascarl Gillespie She did not have a happy childhood and was neglected and abused When a Malaysian prince who was studying in Australia swept her off her feet and subsequently married her in 1981, Jacqueline thought she was living her dream It quickly turned into a nightmare as Bahrin physically and mentally abused her once they got back to Malaysia Two children were born, Iddin in 1983 and Shahirah in 1986 Jacqueline managed to get back to Australia with her 2 children to visit with her Nanna with Bahrin s permission and once there filed for divorce Jacqueline had custody with visitation by Bahrin encouraged and allowed In 1990 the children were kidnapped by Bahrin and taken to Malaysia to be raised there A whole new culture for both children, a culture in which girls and women do not fare very well Jacqueline was very worried and heart broken, and the Australian government did not do much to help her get the children back Jacqueline subsequently made a documentary, Empty Arms Broken Hearts , was involved with mothers and fathers trying to get their kidnapped children back, went to Africa where she found some semblance of peace again, was very involved with Book Power, founded Operation Angel and was an ambassador for World Vision Jacqueline did not see her children again until 2006. What a sad but moving story, it broke my heart reading this Jacqueline is a strong,courageous and inspirational woman. This is a very moving drama of the true story of a young Australian student who marries a Malaysian student whom is also a member of Malaysian royalty Following their divorce, he is allowed overnight access in Melbourne with their two children he abducts them which due to red tape is not immediately known and due largely to political reasons, he is not seized in Indonesia and he arrives back in Malaysia with them where because of Islamic law, his royal status, political considerations and differing laws, he is able to keep them from ANY contact at all with their Mother Her anguish, frustration with the Australian Federal Police and Government is immeasurable, but she never stops battling to regain the care and parenting of her children A must read, which is an easy read and very gripping story partly because she is a journalist but also because readers will identify the Mother heart that unique bond that most women will have for their children throughout their lives, not broken by time or distance or circumstances. This book overall is very well written I couldn t put it down until the children were kidnapped by their father Once they are taken, the book becomes extremely laborious to read Though we understand the suffering of the loss of two children although they hadn t technically died , the book takes a monotonous turn It would have been better if a few pages were devoted to discussing the extreme loss and a few pages devoted to the politics of trying to get them back Instead, the book took a long, painstaking turn, and it seemed to take forever to end It would have also been nice to hear about her husband and how he suffered through this ordeal But this is a very sad story and one well worth reading about I would have given it a 4 star rating if not for the issues mentioned. I was given a copy of this book from a lady whose static caravan we nearly bought in 2008 9 Not something I would normally read but I had nothing else at the time so thought it was worth a go VERY good VERY moving boy do you need some tissues After I read it all I wanted to do was go help Shocking to know its real. This is truly a touching story of love and courage, strenght and pain that truly shows a mother s love for her children, it grips at your heart and you feel all the pain she felt, will keep you on the edge of your seat,for all she has been through I salute her and I hope one day she will be reunited with her kids, I really do hope so.