Book Review: Expat Women: Confessions by Andrea Martins and Victoria Hepworth

Reviewed by Aneesah Bakker

Refreshingly candid, Expat Women: Confessions  – 50 Answers to Your Real-Life Questions About Living Abroad begins from the heart as expats confess their greatest challenges and insecurities. And they could not have been disappointed as one confession after another is received equally, from the heart, with empathy and sensitivity. The authors, Andrea Martins and Victoria Hepworth delve deep into their heart’s and personal experience to give supportive and life-enhancing practical wisdom – 50 answers to real-life questions about living abroad.

My attention was caught by the confessions that were transformed into seeds, fertilized by practical steps that are simple, small, incremental and will certainly help one flourish in any part of the world.

The authors offer guidance in multiple areas of expat life, be it settling in, money and career choices, raising children or relationships. The generously offered strategies comprehensively cover the basic as well as the bigger tasks and challenges of a posting. I was moved by the compassion for not only the expat making the confession but for everyone involved. The empowering strategies are realistic in recognizing the challenges of what is, at the same time gently supporting one into the new perspectives that can transform circumstances into one filled with opportunities for learning, growth and joy.

If you’re looking for a way to turn your expat move from something that needs to be survived into a great adventure, this book is for you.