Review by Joymarie (Lover of the written word) for the first book TALON, COME FLY WITH ME

Yes,I love the written word, but only when those words are well written. I have discovered after reading hundreds and hundreds of books, that the main ingredients needed by an author are heart, mind and soul. If an author feels the story, then and only then can she transfer the full meaning; the sorrow, joy, pathos and deep down love, tenacity and hope that glues those words together ~ melding them into the magnificent literature that become the classics of our time.

Gigi Sedlmayer is just that breed of author.

Little Matica and her family move to Peru to live among the Indians, high on a plateau surrounded by the beautiful snow capped Alps. Matica is a 9 year old girl living in the body of a 2 year old because of a growth impediment. But the superstitious Indians treat her as a stigma, perhaps even a devil possessed person and shun her and do not allow their children to make friends with her. She is terribly lonely and decides to make her own friends….and so our magic carpet ride begins.

The Andean Condor is the largest flying land bird in the world and is endangered. So how did a tiny girl and a bird with a 12ft. wing span becomes friends? Follow along as this author leads you on a beautiful journey of love, forgiveness, reconciliation, hope and daring.

This is the first book of a 4 book series and I am halfway through the 2nd. Although I am a fast reader, I will not read quickly now as I want to savor every nuance, every well chosen word of this exceptional work. A job well done! How special that you can read it to a child and also share it with your Grandma and both will be appreciative. There are beautiful thoughts, loving feelings and exceptional gently taught lessons to be gleaned from the author’s words.

Give it as a gift…you and it will never be forgotten.


About Gigi Sedlmayer

Gisela (Gigi) Sedlmayer was born on 19 May 1944 in Potsdam, a suburb of Berlin in Germany. Her family escaped to the West just before the infamous wall went up. They moved around in Germany until finally settling in Munich where Gigi studied architectural drafting and met Albert in 1965, marrying in December 1967. She worked as a civil draftsperson in various private consultancies in Munich. Since her uncle was a writer, she tried to write short animal stories herself. Nothing further came of it, but she developed a love for the written word and started to consume books. In May 1975, Gigi and her husband moved to New Zealand. Because of language challenges, she started a handicraft business. As a specialty, she made colourful parrots of which she sold thousands in a few years. In 1988, they decided to adopt and became adoptive parents of twin girls the year after. They lived in New Zealand for eighteen years and moved to Australia in September 1992. Two years later Gigi was diagnosed with cancer. After operations and radiation, she withdrew, thinking that she would probably soon be dead, like her friend who died of cancer, but her two little girls gave her the courage to keep going. After a few years, still among the living, her brain started to work again, so she thought, 'Get a grip on yourself and do something good with your life'. She remembered the time she wrote short stories and got inspired again, seeing her husband Albert writing the story of their adoption. Her English became increasingly better so she pressed on to develop her creative writing. Albert taught her how to use a computer and she wrote many short stories. She entered them in competitions and often got very good reports back, which gave her confidence to go on writing. One day the idea for the TALON series came to her and she spent the next several years bringing the story and the characters to life. She now loves writing and spends most of her time at the computer, developing new story lines. She also loves travelling, 4x4 touring, swimming, gardening, handcrafting, reading, fossicking and enjoys good adventure DVD's or going to the movies.
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