For Kate, Morocco is a wonderful world of colours, spices and scents, mystic and music, but building a house in one of the country’s remote hill top villages can sometimes be a nightmare. Especially for a single woman.
With humour and patience, Kate takes on the male dominated society. She braves overbearing builders and orchestrates a capricious workforce. The motley cast of Moroccan neighbours introduces her to village intrigues, family disputes and traditions such as eating with fingers and baking bread in the fire. But there are considerable gaps between the two cultures and sometimes it seems impossible to build a bridge.
When Kate escapes for a weekend to Marrakech, she finds the magic of Morocco restored and falls in love with French ex-pat Philippe. Yet, a series of misunderstandings and unforeseen problems push Kate to her limits and towards a decision that could have devastating consequences.
Tomorrow, Insha’allah! is not merely a novel, but an introduction to the life, language and culture of the Berber people in the Moroccan mountains.
Tina Johnston was born in Germany and moved to West Sussex in 2003, after years of living and travelling in a camper van. Looking for warmth and sunshine in the winter, Tina ferried across the Strait of Gibraltar one year and discovered Morocco. She fell in love with the country and its people. Morocco has inspired her to write several short stories and travel pieces and her first novel, Tomorrow, Insha’allah! followd by the sequel Couscous with Pauline.
Tina has a Masters Degree in Creative Writing from the University of Chichester.
When travel writer Kate is commissioned to write about Morocco, she decides to move back into her ancient van and to return to the country that once meant so much to her. Together with her friend Pauline, Kate zigzags across Morocco, from ocean to mountains, from cities to ancient kasbahs, from western living to life on the road.
Pauline, who has always been pampered and looked after, is drifting feebly through life after her divorce, and Kate is determined to help her unearth the strength she is sure Pauline possesses.
Kate thinks that she can go back to Morocco without having to confront the past, by simply banning it from her memory, so much so, that not even Pauline knows what happened before.
Their journey is not only a physical one. Encounters with people enrich and change their ways of thinking. The beautiful country, the colourful culture and the simple way of living put the two women’s lives into perspective. At the end, they both have found strength and insight to finally move on.