SUBTITLE: The Story of Vanessa Goosen’s Daughter
FORMAT: Paperback Book
SUMMARY: In 1994 Vanessa Goosen is imprisoned for smuggling drugs out of Thailand after a business visit. Here she gives birth to Felicia in Lard Yao Prison. According to Thai law Felicia had to be sent back to South Africa when she turns three. In South Africa Felicia is raised by her mom’s best friend and her husband. They love her like their own child and give her a stable home. But deep inside Felicia feels alone and she does not know how to voice her feelings. Years of rebellion and self harming follows. In her student years Felicia’s life turns around, and she becomes a wounded healer, reaching out to others and bringing the message that they don’t have to feel alone.
AUTHOR: Felicia Goosen was born in Lard Yao Prison in Thailand. When she was three years old she was sent to South Africa to be raised by her mom’s (Vanessa) best friend Melanie. Today Felicia is a Youth Wellness Counsellor, Confidence Coach and Mental Health Advocate and speaker.
Deonette de Kock grew up in Durbanville and received a masters degree from the University of Stellenbosch. She worked as a journalist for Rapport and Sarie. She has been a freelance journalist for 31 years. She lives in Montagu, is married to Danie and has two grown sons.