Wednesday 30 July 2014

#BookReview - Trailing: A #Memoir by @KristinDuncombe #ReviewShare #Africa

Trailing: A MemoirTrailing: A Memoir by Kristin Louise Duncombe
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I started reading this book at an especially crucial time in my family life. My husband was offered a job in Asia. While the decision to keep the family together came automatically, everyday leading to the big move meant asking myself over and over if we were making the right decision. Yes, the children learn a different culture. If I stay in England with the children, how will affect our marriage? While the move and our lives in Asia are no where near as eventful as Kristin Duncombe's life many questions and situations about her marriage were scenes I could relate to.

What I especially liked about the book was her honesty. She pointed out her mistakes. Her weaknesses. Not many people do this. Some memoirs are written to reflect the author as the hero. Not in this case. Then there's the beginning and the ending, one starts with a bang and then closes with the gentle whisper of wisdom as if to say, "look, this is how far I'm come."

In any marriage, it isn't easy to say who comes first. Is your job more important than mine? Who is more emotionally invested in the marriage. When you've been married for a long time, like it or not, these questions will come up. Easy to ignore but they can't really go away until dealt with. While I appreciated the author sharing her 'adventures' it is the journey of her marriage that made me fall in love with this book. Definitely a keeper.

Would I recommend this read? Absolutely. For the more mature reader who is looking for something meaningful, this is definitely the book for you. I also recommend it for anyone who is in a serious relationship or at crossroads in their marriage. You may find that some minor parts of the book are long-winded but I recommend you share Kristin Duncombe's journey for what it is, a journey into the heart and soul of a couple who beat the odds from one continent to another.

Overall assessment:
Content: 4/5
Editing: 4.5/5
Formatting: 4/5
Pacing: 4/5

Offensive content?: Based on language and settings, I would recommend this book for anyone aged 13 and above.

Disclosure: I received a review copy of this book from the author. I did not receive any payment in exchange for this review nor was I obliged to write a positive one.

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