309pp., paperback, Midrand, 2022
Maretha Maartens' novel is based on Magda Slabbert's experience as the wife of a professional soldier during the Border War. Magda's husband, Rufus, recently retired as a regimental sergeant major of 1 Special Service Battalion in Tempe. They live in Bloemfontein.
Maretha Maartens has written over 150 books, including novels, romances, children’s books, young adult books, religious books and spiritual diaries and has won several literary awards. She was editor of Finesse magazine from 1998 to 2000, is currently the editor of Vrouekeur and writes a column for Volksblad.