1/10/13

Ramblings in Ireland - Kerry Dwyer (E-book Giveaway)

4 stars!

ABOUT THE BOOK -
This is not a book about rambling in Ireland.
 It tells the tale of one particular walking trip and the memories and musings it inspired. Exploring the West of Ireland is a time for meditation, spiritual reflection and strengthening the bonds of life. More practically the ability to read a map might have proved helpful.
The tourist office in Ireland has all their paths clearly marked. You can’t go wrong if you follow that little yellow man. Or can you?

As British ex-patriate Kerry Dwyer leads Bertrand, her trusting French husband, astray once more, they reminisce and reflect upon accents and accidents, family and friends, love and what it means to be alive. Bertrand doesn’t mind getting lost - he loves Kerry all the more for going off the beaten track. This is a book about ramblings in Ireland. Walk with Kerry and Bertrand and follow where your thoughts lead you.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR -
I am a British ex pat living in France. I work full-time as a language coach. I mainly work with business men and women who find that they need to speak English to their overseas contacts, but also people who just want to improve their linguistic skills.

I am married to a French man. I have a daughter who is in Lycée. She is bilingual. My efforts at French and my husband’s at English always move her to laughter. We have no problem understanding each other. Conversations are generally held in French apart from when I speak to our daughter alone. My parents live in France, quite near me. The rest of my family live in various parts of Europe. I write as I speak. I have been told that I tend to ramble on a bit. Some of my friends and family suggested that I publish my ramblings as they found them amusing, informative or interesting. I hope you do too.
Visit her at her website - HERE

MY REVIEW -
This book was such a pleasure to read. It was fun, interesting and amusing. I loved traveling with Kerry and her hubby. We took walks together and saw the sights, I listened in on their conversations, I packed bags with them, I complained about the GPS along with them too! And I even drank beer with them. What a fun trip.

No seriously - I did feel like I really got to know this couple. And her descriptions were so good I felt as though I were right there with them. I love memoirs and travel books anyway and this one was great.

I loved it when she went off an a tangent, like driving on the wrong side of the road in a different country, and bras! There was a whole 3 pages about bras, trying them on, finding the right one (Oh and I almost forgot - the thongs!).
"What is that on the bed?"
"Its one of my new bras," surprised he should need to ask.
"Well, it looks enormous. Are you sure it is not some sort of bowl?"
"Why would I bring a bowl on Holiday with us?"
The object Bertrand was referring to was one of my new "T-shirt" bras. It did looke a bit like a bowl, quite solid and round with one cup folded into the other."
And I loved when she was talking about the GPS, my own husband complains about them all the time.
"Bertrand, not surprisingly, did not trust my navigational skills. Last year he programed the GPS for my annual holiday with Tracey. We'd always used a map before and had never gotten lost, but it seemed like a sensible precaution. Ever thoughtful Bertrand changed the language of his GPS into English for me thinking this would be easier for me to follow than the French one. The inane voiced instructions drove me mad. After the first hour I switched it off."
She is quirky, cheeky, and fun. I loved reading their banter back and forth.
"Do you know everything?"
"No, just most things."
"And you are modest too!"
"Yes, You are so lucky to have me. Knowledgeable,  modest, and beautiful. Don't forget beautiful!"
 Oh my gosh, I could post 100 quotes, there are so many good ones. But then you would have no reason to read the book. So I will leave it there so the rest is a bit of a mystery.

THE ALL-IN-ALL -
All in all this was a very nice story about a husband and wife's travels in Ireland "on holiday" as they call it :-)  It is a travel book, but not just a travel book - it is a memoir about love and respect, fun everyday things that go on in a relationship, and strange quirky things that can happen when preparing for and while on vacation.
This is a very clean story. I don't think a young person would really be interested in it, but it is clean enough for all readers.

Thank you so much Kerry for sending me a e-book copy of your book to read and review! It was a delight!

THE GIVEAWAY -
Kerry has agreed to give away one e-book copy of her book.
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2 comments:

  1. This sounds like a book that I would love to read! Funny, witty, and wry. Just what I love in the travel memoirs that I read, and I have never read a travel memoir about Ireland, my ancestral home. Great review today! I need to read this one!

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  2. Thank you for the comment Zibilee. Good luck and I hope you enjoy the read.

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