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I usually love this genre of writing and the often 'laugh out loud' elements of the bureaucracies of other countries. However this put voice to the authors political bias which may not be the views of the reader and I would have prefered that this be left out of the narrative. The author does not sugar coat some of the more negative aspects of their nomadic life but, as an easy read in turbulent times, I would have prefered something more light hearted and amusing.
It’s something many people might think they want to do, isn’t it. Sell up, buy a boat and spend months on the rivers and canals of France. Well, MaryJane Houlton and her husband did it - and what a time they have had! They are obviously enjoying their new lifestyle but have certainly had their trials and tribulations. This book is an excellent read - it is a heartfelt narration of their first years on the water and enthusiasm oozes out of every word. Thoroughly enjoyed it!
As someone who has considered living on canals I found this fascinating and quite entertaining. Written by a woman, it seems to leave out many of the mundane practicalities and focusses more on the feelings and experiences. I enjoyed the comments on france and the french views on life. As someone who has taken up residence in france due to brexit, I can identify with much of it and look forward to reading more of the series. A good read about a life away from 'the usual grind'.
An easy read book, well written and kept me interested all the way through till the end. Great adventure story and they fulfilled their dreams, they enjoyed the ups and downs of owning a boat and like all boats they eat money. I will be telling all my friends to buy a copy for their bookshelves.
As someone who is at my happiest in my brick built and very immobile home, this is not something I would ever choose. However, I cannot help but admire the bravery of someone who is ready to sell up all their material possessions to embark on a completely new life. This book was a wonderful read, and gave a "warts and all" picture of life on a boat, and all the blessings and curses that one would encounter. I first met Mary-Jane in 1983, but have lost touch in recent years. She was never one to settle for the status quo, and was always looking for the next project, and I am delighted that she seems so content with her new life.
Well written and informative book, even for non-boaters. It was a rare pleasure not to be distracted from the content by numerous mis-spellings, which seem to be the curse of e-books - many congratulations to the author and proof-reader! The joys of this lifestyle choice leap from the page and hardships and frustrations are never sugar-coated. I await the next instalment with anticipation!
Ever since I read Peter Mayle's 'A Year in Provence' I've had a fascination with travel books by writers who've ditched their 9-5 existence in favour of a more adventurous life full of new experiences. 'Just Passing Through' ticks all the boxes for me - it's a fun read with plenty of laugh-out-loud moments, some evocative descriptions of France's rivers and canals, plus interesting insights into what it's really like to swap bricks and mortar for a life afloat. Highly recommended!
Thoroughly enjoyed this book. We know the author of it and she had done a brilliant job - well done. If anyone is thinking of purchasing a boat there are lots of helpful information items for the European Canal and River systems from which books and maps to buy, and places to visit. We have been there, 'done it ourselves', absolutely love it and will definitely be doing it again soon .....
What a joy to read this book about a couple who have found the simple way of life they were lookng for, living on a boat and travelling along canals and rivers mainly in France. It is the sort od book that you must read just one more chapter and then sadly you find you have finished the book. I have read it twice and enjoyed it even more second time round. A great read!
I was absorbed into their story in the first few lines and in one moment envious of their experience and the next pleased to be at home. I love reading books with a radically different lifestyle on full show; in one part making me jealous of the choices and one part confident it would not suit me, but as per the best travel lifestyle books it gives a brilliant insight into a different life and a temporary escape into another reality. The style of writing is engaging and incredibly easy to read whilst being highly descriptive. Great stuff, highly recommended - particularly as a lock-down read!