Two Old Fools Down Under Paperback – November 28, 2019
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- Publisher : Independently published (November 28, 2019)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 328 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1708228632
- ISBN-13 : 978-1708228637
- Item Weight : 1.06 pounds
- Dimensions : 6 x 0.83 x 9 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,383,644 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Vickie writes just as if she were talking to her. The characters in the Spain books are unforgettable. The stories are always humorous and ring so true.
I want to recommend Joe’s book on growing up in South Africa. I cried and cried...
Oh yes, this is supposed to be a review of Down Under. It’s great like all her books. You new readers will soon join is in nagging Vickie about when the next one will come out. And I do mean nag.
Do start with Chickens, Mules and Two old fools.
You can thank me later!
What I most like about reading memoirs is learning something new about the places people choose to live and the people they meet. Well, I wallowed in all the new things I learnt about Australia from this lovely, personal account of Vicky and Joe Twead's move to the southern hemisphere. I knew the country had some substantial differences in terms of wildlife and flora to Europe (and indeed anywhere in the world), but I didn’t realise to what extent they were different. I also knew Aussies had their own language and terms for things, but again, how different these can be was a surprise to me.
The story follows the author's arrival in Australia and her challenges with finding a suitable home to receive Joe, who has had to remain in the UK for health reasons. It also includes her adventures in gaining a new puppy, and all the adjustments that living in a completely new country entail. I thoroughly enjoyed the book and was fascinated by the detailed observations she made about life in the Antipodes.
The book is also quite a rollercoaster of emotions as she and Joe learn to cope with his medical conditions alongside the frustrations of renovating their house. Without giving any spoilers, I can admit I choked up a few times while reading it, but I also laughed out loud at some of their DIY adventures.
Written in the author’s friendly, conversational style, I almost felt as if I was reading her diary or letters to her family. This feeling was enhanced by the recipes that separate each of the chapters and the email correspondence from Spain, which gave a feeling of continuity with their previous life. All in all, it was a terrific read. Highly recommended.
I sure gained a whole new level of respect for Vicky and Joe in reading "Two Old Fools Down Under" as even in the best of times a move like this has to be hard.
Victoria tells their story with grace and vulnerability, I'm sure there were chapters that were hard to write.
With plenty of laughs, more great recipes in the beginning of each chapter, descriptive scenery of their new homeland and even a few tears shed, this is a another five star read for me by Victoria Twead!
Top reviews from other countries
In this book, she recounts her and Joe’s move from Spain to Australia. Unsurprisingly, it’s a decision they agonise over, but it’s the right one for them and their family.
While Joe is delayed in England, Victoria makes the move by herself. Her descriptions of house buying and renovations had me groaning in frustration, chuckling my head off too. I also fell in love with their new pup, adoring every prank, every episode of naughtiness. But their life is not all fun and frolics.
With remarkable candour, the author shares a life-threatening situation. The fear, the trauma, and the desperation she feels. The account is written with an extraordinary depth of humility and emotion I found heart-wrenching to read.
The love for their adopted country radiates throughout the book as we are treated to new discoveries, new friends and family vignettes. Each element is a celebration of Victoria Twead’s writing at its best, an author who is truly a master storyteller. I can’t wait for the next episode.
I feel I know Victoria and Joe quite intimatly.
I have read a lot about people who have settled in France but only one or two about people wanting to settle I in Spain.
The love that Vicky and Jo share.
I can understand their reluctance to leave the beautiful mountain village of El Hoyo having spent 11 years absorbing the ambiance of the gorgeous locations and becoming a valued members of the local population.
I can also relate to wanting to be close to you family particularly following a major health scare.
Vicky and Joe decide to leave their Spanish haven and travel around the world to Australia to be near their daughter and and soon to be two grand daughters.
This book is a culmination of what has gone before, humour, love and tragedy. It hasyou in stitches one moment and in tears the next.
I love Australia and although I have only visited this beautiful land of contradictions once, i long to return. I am envious of Joe and Vicky’s retirement.
I can’t wait to read the next book and truly hope for better health for Joe.xxx
"Down Under" has everything I have come to expect from a Victoria Twead book. I am very much looking forward to reading the next!