Book Review and Mother's Day prize giveaway
Wendyl Nissen is the founder of Green Goddess. She’s also a quick witted and entertaining author. My Mother and Other Secrets is her latest book.
A funny, moving memoir about uncovering old family secrets and how that leads Wendyl to a better understanding of her mother. When Wendyl Nissen’s mother was suffering with Alzheimer’s, she told some extraordinary stories about her background that Wendyl had never heard before. Determined to get to the bottom of the buried truth, Wendyl’s journalistic love for uncovering secrets took over and she unearthed some wild and intriguing stories of loss, grief and love.
As Wendyl says, ‘my parents were born to a generation that kept secrets. Big secrets for a long time, and usually they took them to their graves.’ She uncovered new relatives, deeply sad adoptions, harsh parenting, complex marriages and a few rogues. These stories often highlighted how tough life was for women and children in an era when women had to fight for every bit of independence they gained.
This compelling, moving book is about mothers and daughters, ageing and the way deep family traumas echo down through the generations. It is also spliced with wisdom and practical advice for anyone caring for a loved one with dementia.
But My mother and other secrets is not a book of grievance nor is it a misery memoir. It's a book of understanding. More so, it's a book propelled by the redeeming power of stories.
Author Bio: Wendyl Nissen is a journalist, broadcaster and magazine editor who is the author of 10 books, mostly about living a chemical-free, old-fashioned life. She left the corporate world 20 years ago and now lives in the Hokianga with her husband, her father, 20 chickens (and counting), two cows, two dogs and three stray cats.
The Beacon has a signed copy of Wendyl’s fantastic new book My mother and other secrets as well as a 1kg Citrus Laundry Powder Concentrate to give away, courtesy of Green Goddess.
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THE GREEN GODDESS STORY
Green Goddess is a family owned New Zealand business that has been creating pure, natural, high quality products sustainably for over ten years. Triona and Grant bought the business from eco warrior Wendy Nissen in 2016 and are continuing her legacy handcrafting beautiful products that are safe to use around your home and on your body without worrying about the effects on your health or the environment.
The business is going from strength to strength as new products are created, processes are refined and the emphasis is put on looking after the customer, both retail and wholesale. Green Goddess is paving the way in the totally natural eco product market.
"The Green Goddess philosophy is about working with things from the earth that are in tune with our whole selves – mind, body and soul." Triona
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Our products have been carefully formulated with a focus on quality, sustainability and value for money, from sourcing through to packaging and shipping every step has been considered with you and Mother Nature in mind.
There are no toxins to aggravate allergies or hinder the immune system and no harmful substances to leach into the environment when you use Green Goddess. Even our baking soda is mined, not man made like most in the world today. All paper packaging is home compostable and liquids come in glass.
Free from synthetics, phosphates, preservatives, artificial fragrances and plant derived substances Green Goddess products are scented only with pure essential oils. For babies and those with super sensitive skin there is an unscented range. Green Goddess is also cruelty free, palm oil free, 98% vegan, grey water and septic safe.