True love knows no borders! A risky adventure around-the-world.

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LEARN FROM THE MISSTEPS OF A GLOBETROTTER in the Australian desert and from his adventurous travels in Asia - through Sri Lanka, Thailand, India and Nepal. Get inspired on your personal journey by his dearly paid experiences. Believe in yourself, guard your thoughts, keep your sense of humour, find great love and never get down on your luck!

DON'T ASK FOR SUGAR is a captivating, humorous and breathtaking love, crime and spy novel that only real life can write. The reader accompanies the young European Christoph on his daring endeavours until the reader regains his consciousness - after a stopover in Moscow - in an East German prison cell.

BUT FIRST THE YEAR IS 1985, Christoph is in Bangkok and has just fallen madly in love with a beautiful New Zealander woman who has been touring the world for years. In Western Australia, the two have a challenging but happy life. Christoph, who struggles along as a garden helper for lack of a work permit, admires the experienced Suzanne, who works as a well-paid model at Perth's university. One weekend in a small chapel, the future is predicted for the two of them. The fortune teller says, that Suzanne will soon be living far to the south, but when she holds Christoph's hand, the seer begins to tremble and sees dark forces and sinister demons. Shortly afterwards, Suzanne is offered an extraordinarily cheap plane ticket to New Zealand, and as she hasn't been home for a long time, she makes a spontaneous decision, whereupon the world falls apart for Christoph, as he loses the love of his life.

A FEW DAYS LATER Christoph pulls himself together, sells his car and hitchhikes through the middle of the Australian desert to get some fresh ideas from new impressions. After three weeks in New South Wales, he meets Dave, an Australian, and Bryce, a Scotsman, who have been in a car accident. Pulling the mudguard out again, the three young men decide to drive north for two days because the small coastal town of Cairns on the Great Barrier Reef turns into a party hotspot at the end of the year when divers from all over the world wash up on its beaches along with jellyfish, but can Christoph forget his Suzanne just like that?


DEAR READERS. Did you already read my book? As a small indie author, this means a lot to me and I really hope I can make a difference in your journey through the world. If you can spare 10 minutes of your valuable time, I look forward to your honest review.

Many thanks and warm regards from New Zealand, Chris









Praise for this book

GOODREADS 5 OF 5 STARS REVIEW February 7, 2024 Hold onto your hats, folks, because Don't Ask for Sugar is one heck of a ride! This memoir is like a rollercoaster through the wild and wonderful world of Christoph's life, packed with love, adventure, and enough twists to make your head spin. From steamy romance in Bangkok to heartbreak in the Australian outback, Christoph's story will tug at your heartstrings and leave you breathless with anticipation. So, if you're craving a memoir that's equal parts thrilling and heartfelt, then grab a copy of Don't Ask for Sugar and buckle up for the adventure of a lifetime! 🌍💔
GOODREADS 5 OF 5 STARS February 9, 2024 An intriguing memoir that takes readers on a wild journey across continents and through the ups and downs of life. What I enjoyed most about this book is its raw honesty and vivid storytelling—it's like being swept away on a whirlwind of emotions and experiences. Don't Ask for Sugar kept me hooked from start to finish, leaving me with a renewed appreciation for the unpredictability of life's journey.
KOBO 5 OF 5 STARS November 10, 2023 Wonderfully written and grippingly narrated This true story just wouldn't let go of me. I've never read anything like it. What an exciting adventure. Rarely have I laughed so much. Thailand India Nepal and then in East Germany in a prison. And then this surprising ending. I'm going to read it again right now
KOBO 5 OF 5 STARS December 5, 2023 Enthralling story of love and adventure. This story is about wanderlust, lessons in life and love. It is well written and hard to put down. Coming from a large family, Christoph struggles to find his place in the world and to find work that is fulfilling for the soul. His adventures traverse India, Nepal and Australia with descriptive insights about the lives and customs of the locals. After falling in love with a woman from New Zealand, he takes a big risk in order to be with her in her home country. A great read with well polished dialog. … Show more by Shay Cunniffe on December 5, 2023
KOBO 5 OF 5 STARS January 13, 2024 Awesome read!! I learnt so much about how to cope with all sorts of difficulties in life. An awesome read, couldn’t put it down. A great travel description through Asian countries and Australia in the eighties, felt like I was there. Lots of laughs in this book. Highly recommend.
KOBO 4 OF 5 STARS by Lynn on February 24, 2024 Thoroughly enjoyed your story so far Chris. Your resilance is astounding. Looking forward to reading about the next 39 plus years. by Lynn on February 24, 2024
AMAZON 5 OF 5 STARS If you want to believe in true love, read this book! Rezension aus den Vereinigten Staaten vom 18. Januar 2024 Verifizierter Kauf You'll go through every emotion in this book, which is both funny and touching. A magnificent journey that makes us believe in true love and travel around the world !
AMAZON 5 OF 5 STARS Rezension aus den Vereinigten Staaten vom 3. Februar 2024 Love and Adventure This a thrilling autobiographical drama that tells the gripping tale of a young European man's adventures and love story that spans continents. From falling in love in Bangkok to a life-altering journey through Australia, this book takes readers on an emotional rollercoaster. Bernhard Christoph Lichtinger, with his rich background and diverse experiences, brings authenticity and depth to the narrative.