Author: Elma Napier
Book takes place in the country: YES
Author is from the country: Not born there, but lived there most of her adult life
I have visited: NO
This is my 49th read for the year
So many little islands past Puerto Rico. Reading this book makes me want to read them all
This is the author telling her own story about her time living in Dominica. She moved there in 1932 after leaving London and the high society she was a part of. She moved to a remote island in the Caribbean and she and her family set on finding land to build a house. She wrote this memoir near the end of her life, looking back at her time on the island with her husband and children. She lived there during the 2nd World War, and talks about how that even affected her island because at that time it was a British colony. Her observations of the locals and expats and the island itself were quirky and fun to read.
I really enjoyed this book. The style was a little different and hard to get into at first, but as I settled into the book, I started to enjoy it. It is whimsical, and if you aren't reading carefully, you might miss the underlying humor she has throughout the book. She seems like a neat person and someone I would have loved to know. She moved to an island with no electricity and mud huts and swarms of mosquitos, and seemed to fit right in. She even joined the local council and became the first women in legislation in the West Indies. Bravo.
Check this one out.