Trusting Bamboo Bridges
Refugees are flooding over the border.
Aid agencies are mobilizing.
Kelley Simons is about to head home after a grueling stretch in an East African field hospital. A laboratory technician, and an expert on malaria, she’s a rare commodity in humanitarian aid circles. So when the laboratory supervisor for a refugee camp on the Thai-Burmese border is injured, she is the only replacement available. Kelley has never worked in the complex cultures of Asia, in a refugee camp, or under such intense security. She trusts that her African experience will see her through, that her dedication is strong enough, that her new colleagues will keep her safe, and that her ex-boyfriend will stay out of trouble.
Will Kelley’s trust be misplaced?
Trusting Bamboo Bridges takes you to a time and place that challenges our assumptions about the human condition. Thailand is renowned as an idyllic country with friendly, welcoming people. But in 1997, politics, personal bias, and the weather are all conspiring against the ethnic Karen minority, and the team of well-intentioned Westerners who are doing their best against overwhelming odds.
She spent two years with the Karen people, in the camps of Thailand, and villages within Burma, and although Trusting Bamboo Bridges is not autobiographical, the settings, and many of the events chronicled, are true to her experience.
She has finally retired from the vagabond life, and has settled in Barkley Sound, on the west coast of Vancouver Island, BC, where she owns and operates Rendezvous Dive Adventures with her husband Peter.
In addition to running a Dive resort and writing novels, Kathy also finds time to take stunning photos of West Coast nature. Check out her photography at watermarkimages.ca.
I recently read an advance copy of this book. I found the main character a little whiny to begin with, but as I continued reading the story it became more and more interesting/exciting/gripping – I finally finished it around two o’clock in the morning, because I couldn’t put it down! – Michele M
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I love stories that keep your interest the whole way thru! This book didn’t disappoint and kept me up several nights turning the pages to see what happened next. The Author spins a wonderful tale while widening our horizons on the plight of the little known people the Karen. Any book that can keep you engaged in the story while teaching you about others cultures and hardships is one that gets my vote! Well done! – Marc Damant
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Just finished “Trusting Bamboo Bridges” Loved it. It is hard for me to imagine living through an experience described in your book. – Russ Rockwood
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Just read the book cover to cover and I absolutely loved it! The characters are as complex and alive as the jungle that the story is set in. The author transported me to another world in a way that only a good book can and if you are looking for a fast paced, real life adventure this is it. – Angela Damant
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I have finished reading your fabulous book, a real page turner! I highly recommend Kathy’s book, enjoyed it so much and learned a lot too!! Thanks for your great writing Kathy!! – Alice McDonald
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