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Ms Fleetwoods writing style is great and made me feel like I was back in Europe, seeing everything with her. It is funny, light hearted and packed with info. Loss threads through the book and she talks candidly about the death of her Father and of her dog Coco and how that has affected her and the family as a whole. It didn't dominate the book however but seemed to tie everything together. So happy I grabbed this when I saw it. Fantastic book that I will be recommending to my family and friends.
There are funny stories of being on tours in multiple countries and they tend to spend more time looking for dachshunds instead of listening to the tour guides. The descriptions o the various sites as well as a brief history lessons made me want to go to the various locations myself. I highly recommend this book. A lot of traveling without a passport for the reader.
I received a free copy of this book in return for an honest review.
The Fleetwood family (mom, dad, teen son, and tween daughter) have planned a three month long trip that now includes both grandmothers and a grandfather (as well as a plan to meet other family members in New York for Christmas). Just before they are to leave, one of their beloved dachshunds is killed by a snake. (The other is left with a neighbor who had originally agreed to care for both dogs for the duration of the family's trip.)
The trip starts and ends in Australia but in between they end up in Asia, Europe, the UK, and the US.
The memoir manages to strike a good balance between facts and stories. The facts are things like where they visited, where they stayed while there, what they saw while there, etc. Mostly done without them becoming boring facts because the author intersperses various stories about these events throughout.
One that runs throughout is the family's dachshund spotting travel game. The first person to see a particular dachshund gets a point. The person with the most points at the end of the trip is the Dachshund Spotting King or Queen. Each spotting causes considerable excitement. The spottings also allow the author to process feelings about the death of one of the family's pets as well as reminding them all of the dachshund waiting for them at home.
But the underlying themes in this story of the importance of family and friends and the various ways we are affected by grief, are constantly revisited throughout the book. Even those who may not have experienced the heartache of losing a close loved one, or really understand just how important a part our pets can play in our lives, will be moved both by the sense of loss and joy that the story brings to the reader.
With the Dachshund spotting competition providing an often light-hearted yet occasionally emotional backdrop to the authors journey, I giggled and cried my way through the book and enjoyed it immensely.
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