Book Promo ~ Killing Karoline

What happens when the baby
they buried comes back?

Born Karoline King in 1980 in Johannesburg South Africa, Sara-Jayne (as she will later be called by her adoptive parents) is the result of an affair, illegal under apartheid’s Immorality Act, between a white British woman and a black South African man. Her story reveals the shocking lie created to cover up the forbidden relationship and the hurried overseas adoption of the illegitimate baby, born during one of history’s most inhumane and destructive regimes.

Killing Karoline follows the journey of the baby girl who is raised in a leafy, middle-class corner of the South of England by a white couple. Plagued by questions surrounding her own identity and unable to ‘fit in’ Sara-Jayne begins to turn on herself. She eventually returns to South Africa, after 26 years, to face her demons. There she is forced to face issues of identity, race, rejection and belonging beyond that which she could ever have imagined. She must also face her birth family, who in turn must confront what happens when the baby you kill off at a mere six weeks old returns from the dead.


a 5-star review by Lorna:
A very real story that needs to be read by all who need to understand the life of adoptees! A gripping story of triumph over adversity. A journey of self-discovery and survival against ‘false death’, rejection, abandonment, failure and so many of life’s tests. 

About the Author

Sara-Jayne King is a mixed-race South African/British journalist and radio presenter whose career has taken her across the globe in search of remarkable stories and fascinating characters. Her career began as a junior journalist in local radio in London and since then has included roles in the Middle East and Africa, most recently as a senior editor for news channel eNCA and presenter for Primedia’s talk radio station Cape Talk.


ASIN ‏ : ‎ B0862F7KZQ
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1920601953
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1920601959

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Book Review: Passion of a FOODIE By Heidemarie Vos

Passion of a FOODIE

With the influx of cookbooks, cooking shows, and chefs in today’s world, it’s difficult to find something out of the ordinary that defines cooking in a whole new way. Passion of a Foodie is that something. Best-selling author Heidemarie Vos recounts a fascinating story and her journey of putting together the world’s first cross-referenced book regarding food-using more than five languages. This cookbook will become an invaluable resource for your kitchen, cooking school, culinary vacations, professional chef training institute/academy or restaurant as its contents provide endless information about ingredients-what they are and where to find them-cooking terms, and what they mean, as well as exotic recipes from all over the globe. It also helps the food import/export industry with language. From the new bride/novice cook to the professional chef, Passion of a Foodie is a must have, must read guidebook that provides a detailed classification of foods and their ingredients. As a cook/chef, you’ll wonder how you ever survived without it. Heidemarie Vos is a writer with a best selling cookbook to her credit, Chili South Africa, as well as commissioned recipe books for the South African Company “Fruit and Veg City.” Mrs. Vos has traveled to over 40 countries and has lived on three continents. She is currently writing a nonfiction book about her recently deceased South African husband, and although she herself is an American citizen, she lives in Port Elizabeth, South Africa at this time. Publisher’s website:

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5 stars  International Cook’s Must Own Reference by Ira Chaleff 
My wife is a trained chef who has taken classes in Italy, Thailand, Taiwan and elsewhere. She has a number of books that she uses for reference. One glance at Passion of a Foodie and she said there is nothing she knows of that so thoroughly covers such a wide range of cooking cultures. From my perspective as a writer, this is a magnus opus that clearly took many years of serious research done in the context of a deep appreciation of the culinary arts. Kudos to the author!
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Heidemarie Vos already has a best-selling cookbook to her credit, Chilli South Africa. She was also commissioned to write recipe books for the South African company Fruit and Veg City. The author has traveled to over 40 countries and has lived on three continents. She is currently writing a nonfiction book about her South African husband’s recent death. Although she is an American citizen, at this time she still lives in Port Elizabeth, South Africa.

Book Review: An Immoral Proposal by Jennifer B Grahm

An Immoral Proposal:
Forbidden Love Under Apartheid

Look around the room at any citizenship ceremony and every person has an amazing story of how they got there.  For Jennifer and Michael Graham, theirs was a love story.  At a time when, in 1974 under the Apartheid, it was illegal to marry outside your race, they made the decision to leave the only home they’d known in South Africa so that they could be together.

Picture this. She’s from a lower socio economic family, left school at sixteen, works as clerk in a factory. He’s from an affluent background, private school education, university degree, member of exclusive social clubs, home in the leafy suburbs. What’s the likelihood of their having a relationship: Intimacy? – Probably not. Physical? – For sure. But would it last? Not a chance. In fact, they’re courting danger. You see, she’s Brown and he’s White. Big problem. This is South Africa 1974, the height of apartheid. In her first memoir, Jennifer B. Graham takes an emotional journey back to her childhood in a hostile land that legally classified her as a “Coloured” – officially defined by the apartheid government as a “person who fails to pass for white.” Throughout her fragmented life, coupled with being both Non-black and Non-White, struggling to find a place to belong, she carves out her version of an ordered world. Her quest is exacerbated by the love of a man who dared to make An Immoral Proposal.


“…A most enjoyable book to read. Very well written, filled with vivid descriptions and wonderful and often quite funny anecdotes. The reader is easily drawn into a different world – that of Jennifer’s growing up in South Africa, and his/her interest and involvement grow stronger as this fascinating account unfolds: a mosaic of souvenirs, the surrounding world described with light touches and a refreshing, non-judgmental simplicity… But what I find most striking is the importance given to good manners and good behavior, the proud acceptance of one’s place in life, the adherence to strong values and, despite an unspeakable political system which divides its citizens into three categories, the respect for one another. Jennifer is left with her grandparents when she is one year old but chooses as a teenager to go back to her parents because she wants to belong to her family. The importance of belonging is very powerful and mentioned from the beginning of the story. Meeting and falling in love with Michael complicates further the notion of belonging: entering his world (and vice versa) is illegal and punishable by law.”  (Danielle Rae, St. Joe’s Book Club, Ontario, Canada)

This is a well written story which I was so sorry to finish… I wished it was longer! It is very true I think, to the South Africa I visited in 1969, but as a tourist I could only imagine the troubles and miseries happening under apartheid.
This is a very real account of two peoples’ lives almost ruined by the State. This exciting account is a wonderful, lasting account of perseverance and joy growing from the darkest place. I felt encouraged and uplifted by this story! (Louise Wilden)

About the Author:

Jennifer B. Graham is a self-proclaimed global nomad who began life in South Africa, left when she was 19 and since then hasn’t looked back. She’s also lived in England, Canada, USA and New Zealand. After earning her degree in communication/print journalism from the University of Mobile, Alabama, USA, in 2001, she wrote freelance feature articles on topics such as food, health, travel and profiles for miscellaneous publications that include Destinations, Connections, The Press, The Citizen, The Fairhope Courier as well as An Immoral Proposal is her first book. She lives with her husband near Toronto, Canada. Her five grandchildren split between New York and Regina keep her wandering.

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