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On Amazon.com HERE
On Goodreads HERE
All profits from this book's modest price go towards Jo's project to build a house for one family in Nepal who are currently living in a heap of rubble due to the earthquake - so it's money well spent for that reason alone! If you would like to read more about this, you can do so on her blog, HERE
Aside from this, though, it's a delightful book. Jo has become one of THOSE writers - I'll always buy a new one by her, straight away. Despite the house project, this is not a depressing book by any means. It's an enchanting depiction of the people of Nepal, of the country itself, and I think anyone reading this will long to visit themselves (I just wish I could!). I love how Jo portrays the kind, generous local people with such a love for their country and their determination to maintain their way of life.
There's a lovely bit when Jo visits an eco-village in the mountains that made me long and long to go there; oh yes, and the bit when she sees the sunrise over Annapurna South, and her descriptions of the monsoons, the market, the sadness she felt on seeing how a country so dear to her is so empty of tourists, causing economic problems to the country, when there is so much still to see.... I thoroughly enjoyed it all. It's touching, funny, informative, inspiring, an altogether fascinating afternoon's read, and Jo Carroll is a pretty admirable woman (she does all this alone; she's a grandmother).
From the Inside Looking Out reviewed HERE
Over the Hill and Far Away reviewed HERE