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Author of In the Eye of Deception: A True Story
Winner of The Word Guild Award
Honourable Mention of The Grace Irwin Award
Author of A Refugees Hope - Winner of World Vision Short Story Contest.
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Dancing Softly - A story of hope and overcoming. A story about the resilience of the human spirit and the touch of a gentle God.
Sixteen-year-old Jamie DeSouza runs away from home to escape from years of sexual and emotional abuse. Living on the streets of Toronto, she survives the only way she knows how – by becoming tough, hard, angry...a fighter. When her freedom is taken away, Jamie finds herself locked in a psychiatric ward where she struggles to maintain hope.
Caught in the mental health system, Jamie is stripped of her dignity and even basic human rights. It’s in that dark place she learns to fight back in ways that ultimately free her. The people Jamie meets along the way teach her that dancing softly in life is far more powerful than the use of violence.
“A powerful story of hope and courage that shows us nothing is impossible to overcome….”
Melvina Walter, Executive Director of The Halton Women's Centre
“Dancing Softly is an insight into the hearts and minds of people who struggle with mental illness. I couldn’t put it down.”
“A great read indeed! Very refreshing to see how writing can be honest and powerful, yet discreet all at the same time. Nikki captures this beautifully. Dancing Softly restores faith and inspires hope. Read it and know that perseverance, diligence and integrity always pay off. Dancing Softly encourages everyone to let their inner light shine. It’s a message we need to aspire to every day!” Savina Rotella