I loved it. It was an absolutely delightful love story that moves at a racking pace. But it’s also about finding yourself and finding meaning in your life. A delightful read. Full of humour. Full of irony.” Natalia Baker. SABC 3 TV. Free Spirit.
“I thoroughly enjoyed reading Blackboards, Bubbles & Cappuccinos and although it is an easy and fun read it provides one with great truths and insights.” Ann Bennetts. Engen.
“Ruth’s book is magnificent. It takes spiritual intelligence and translates it in to everyday language. Words of wisdom are easy to quote, to give people the insight and ability to behave wisely is a gift, Ruth has done this with Blackboards, Bubbles and Cappuccinos.” Denny Piovesan. Director Soul Discovery.
“Blackboards, Bubbles and Cappuccinos is a novel, but with a strong inspirational and self-help element. The story revolves around Robin, an executive toying with life in the corporate world, and Michael who has given it all up to follow his dream to run a coffee shop with a blackboard to write down inspirational lines. As Robin climbs up the corporate ladder and Michael surrenders to his dream, both have changes in their lives that they were not expecting. Interspersed into the story are Tearle’s pearls of wisdom or meditative mantras. Most of them you want to read over and over again, or write down in a special place to access when you are feeling down, undervalued and lost on your path. These inspirational sayings, the wisdom of Michael, mean that the book should not be read at face value as that of a novel, but appreciated in small doses before going to bed, or early in the morning. Reading the book this way allows the reader the maximum benefit to the various ideas that Tearle is hoping the reader to leave with. Many people, who are trapped in life, especially the corporate life filled with its daily stress, would do well to read this book and learn more about themselves in the process. The inspirational thoughts can be purchased separately as cards.” Jason Le Grange. SA WRITING.
"I recently purchased your book Blackboards, Bubbles & Cappucinos and it has completely turned my world around. I'm halfway through it and feeling quite awkward because its really touching some raw nerves. I'm not sure if this is normal, but I feel like reopening somethings I'd long buried. Here I am, self-employed and building a quite successful business, the epitome of what my plan was for freedom and self-expression, and yet I feel like a shell too afriad to really dig deep and take out/explore the "real" dreams. Anyway, I just want to thank you for the book, its truly amazing. If I could get all my friends and family to read it I would. I bought the cards and have started a ritual where people in my office pick a card in the morning. Its catching on, and is really one of the most exciting parts of my day. .. Once again, great writing, I am giggling all throughout the book, and just finding your world so refreshing (I haven't bought or read a novel in about 5 years!) Well done." Thumiso Masoho.
"I so related to the challenges your protagonists were having to deal with, it was like looking into a magic mirror of possibility." Sheryl Cooke. Old Mutual.
"One of the nicest things about this book is that one almost doesn't have to read it... The story flows at you from the pages at a light, gentle and yet powerful pace. You describe today's "Searching City Cafe Society" to the T! May the many that are still searching for happiness and meaning read this book and discover the peaceful surrendering simplicity that is one's destiny - even though it is surrounded by the structured franticness of today's modern existence." Bernu Henning. Ernst & Young.
"Empowerment between two covers! It inspires me, with every read, to live a life that reflects my deepest values and to fully be the author of my own experience, creativity and most treasured dreams." Hannelie Minnaar. Tshwane University of Technology.
"A great read to give you wisdom that will speak to you from the inside out. The book covers the typical challenges of a person on their journey to achieving a key goal or vision for their life (on their spiritual journey). It develops all the ideas of how to handle tough situations, have the intuition to go for the right opportunity, how to move out of your comfort zone and many other nuggets of wisdom. It needs to be read once quickly at one sitting to attain the overall framework of the book and then one needs to deeply immerse yourself into and mediate on each message/chapter so that the wisdom becomes internalize. It is easy to read and is for everybody! "Rob Katz. Business Person and Academic.
"I really felt as though your book was speaking to me personally and it touched on so many things that I've been struggling with for some time, the "Jo'burg disease" as I affectionately call it. Thank you again, you have certainly succeeded in affecting my life and my future and given me the courage to change my path." Genevieve v.d. Vyver. EY Corporate Finance (Pty) Ltd.
"Your book melts in my mouth – each word a delight! "Mandy Steyn. Sunday Times.
"The book is inspirational and could have a profound effect on your life. I loved the book so much, I bought a copy for every member of the GIMT staff!!" Belinda Knight. CEO GIMT.