If I were able to give this book 100 stars i would. I promise you there is not one page boring or uninteresting. Although i must warn you this book is not for the faint of heart. I found this true story so heart breaking yet so uplifting. I loved this woman and her family. She is one strong and tough woman. I have no doubt that i would have crumbled within a month, she lasted years from bad to worse. But always helped others to get by. While reading this i kept asking myself "why" this had to be the way it was with her judgement so harsh and her placements so terrible. After i finished the book, i thought about it for a few nights, i came to realize as she did, God placed her in these places and she helped so many that without her would not of made it, and some did not make it even with her. She spread care, her heart, sharing, and warmth, all that she had, where ever she was and i will not forget her. I wish her absolute love from God, she has earned it and hope she will someday write more books,i loved her voice. I listened. Guess that means she is still reaching people and teaching. :)
Sandra Gregory does a good job of describing her time in prison for a drug charge. You get a good feeling for what it was like to be in a Thai prison as well as in the British prison system. It was a quick, but great read.
Reading this incredible story reminded me to be grateful for every minute of my life. While reading the book in bed sipping on coffee, I could walk to the kitchen to grab a bite to eat or go for a long hot bath if I felt like it. Sandra Gregory could not do any of this. She spent years in jail under shocking and appalling circumstances. Her crime? She naively attempted to traffic heroin out of Thailand for a near-stranger in order to make enough money to fly home to England. She initially received the death sentence which was reduced to life and then to 25 years. After serving years in a Thai prison and then several British prisons with hardened criminals and murderers she eventually received a kings pardon. In telling her story, Sandra takes full responsibility for her actions and never comes across wanting you to feel sorry for her. Even so, I felt that her punishment was way too harsh for the crime. This book is a harrowing tale of how one stupid decision can turn your life around in an instant. It is a riveting read and left me feeling thankful that I have never had to endure anything near what Sandra has endured. If you enjoy affliction memoirs, this one is highly recommended.
This is an amazing story of a woman who made a mistake and recovered from it. Heartwrenching and beautiful. I loved this book.
I really did not care for the book, I only read up to maybe the 100th page and found it very boring, I never finished it. I would not recommend it to anyone
From the back cover
Sandra Gregory was living a life in Bangkok that many only dream of - until illness, unemployment and political unrest turned it into a nightmare. Desperate to get home, she agreed to smuggle an addict's personal supply of heroin. She didn't even make it to the plane.
In this remarkably candid memoir, Sandra Gregory tells of the events leading up to her arrest, the horrific conditions in Lard Yao prison, her trial in a language she didn't understand and how it feels to be sentenced to death. Her journey to the UK resumed some four and a half years later when she was transferred to the British prison system, where she had to adapt to a new yet equally harsh regime. Following relentless campaigning by her parents, who refused to forget they had a daughter, she was pardoned by the King of Thailand and released in 2000.