Do you dream of real freedom? Ever wondered what it would feel like to step into the world with only a suitcase and a passport? To quit your life and become completely free?

This book gives you a glimpse inside the mind of a woman on such a journey. A quest for self-discovery, one that weaves between intimate moments of despair, but also the mysterious joy that empowers us when we accept ourselves for who we really are.

This is the story of people, both real and imagined. From the small towns of South Africa, to the old streets of London, into the snowy Chicago winters.

A Dreamer’s Life is a beautifully honest work that ripples with passion, melancholy and gratitude.

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reviews for a dreamer’s life

The Prairies Book Review:

“A flat-out fabulous memoir…

In this lyrical and occasionally philosophical account, Laurika narrates her time spent as a drifter on a journey of self-discovery. With a secure job, a husband, and a cozy home, things seem to be going great for Laurika, but the disquiet within is entirely another matter.

To search for self, Laurika steps out into the world, leaving everything behind. She details her journey as she transverses the vibrant streets of London and the small South African towns such as Riversdale, Robertson, Cederberg, Cape Town among others. She takes readers into the heart of the wintery Chicago, its free concerts in Grant park, capturing the taste of Chicago Festival as she recalls her time spent with her husband there. Laurika admits the experience is not always easy, but she finds satisfaction in it.

Richly constructed descriptions of local attractions, crackling with the vibrant energy of places well-lived in, and interspersed with candid, discerning analyses of Laurika’s search for self, this is a fascinating book.

Both the travel buffs and lovers of spiritual fiction will be rewarded.”


“I must admit that I did not know what to expect – what genre or type of writing – so I just picked it up with no expectations and started reading.  Before I knew it the story was coming to an end. All I can say is WOW!!! I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book.”

“I read your book!!! It was like a fairytale.”


“A really enjoyable and interesting read of a journey of self discovery and understanding. I felt like I was right there, travelling around South Africa with the author and sharing the experiences.”


“I quite liked the short chapters and journey segments which helped the story move more quickly.”


“I just finished your book!!!! I wanted it to go on and on, it was so awesome and I felt like I was right there with you my friend, thank you for sharing your life, your writing painted a beautiful story of your journey, I loved it!!”