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Americashire: a Field Guide to a Marriage Paperback – April 23, 2013
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Top Customer Reviews
I just didn't feel the book was carried through, more like a journal then a story without a conclusion. I see that the author is now living in LA. I wish that somehow that was incorporated into the end of the book.
I found the walks descriptions distracting, perhaps best suited to a book on its own.
I came into this book with little expectations as I had never heard of either the book or the author. It sounded interesting enough and it was a free Kindle download so even if it was a complete disaster it wasn't a big deal.
It was a decent enough read, and although I do not live in England...nor have I ever been to England I couldn't help but find parallels to my adjustment to living in the Catskills country side after spending my entire life in the suburbs. So that alone kept me reading and chuckling at some of the various circumstances that Richardson and her husband found themselves in.
What I was not crazy about however, was reading about the quarrels that the couple endured. It made me feel uncomfortable reading those parts, I felt as though I was intruding on their marriage and part of me dreaded continuing on as I felt certain that the book would end with the couple deciding to go their separate ways. I wasn't invested in their marriage, and I knew that one way or another it wasn't going to have an impact on my life, or MY marriage but it was definitely a black cloud that hovered over me as I read the book and I just was not able to enjoy the book as much as I would have liked.
I enjoyed the story - or at least most of it. Her portrayal of Bonita Springs, FL was spot on. I live here part time and not only go to the same three restaurants that her parents do, but go to the beach at Doc's Beach House, and I know that if she was so accurate with these places that the rest of the book was very likely to be as accurate.
I like books written about outsiders learning to adjust to their new and foreign homes, and this was a good example of one. Sometimes we forget that the British are foreign, but speaking English sometimes seems to be the only thing we have in common.
What didn't I like?
I could have done without the walks that occasionally popped up.
She was generally negative about her husband and at times I wondered why they were even married to each other.
The book ended abruptly, and I never felt a sense of resolution regarding her health problems.
I see that she's now living back in the US and wonder if she's still married and whether the health scare ever materialized into anything.
Guess she'll just have to write a sequel.
David Papa Place Jr