I loved reading about this couple's true adventures in beginning a restaurant on the small island paradise of Anguilla. They left their home and nearly everything they owned in Vermont for their dream.
Then along came Hurricane Luis, destroying their dream. For anyone who has dreamed of moving to a tropical island, this book is for you.
There is no question that it takes a certain type of individual to 'let go' of what they have had to venture into what they know they want. Such are the Blanchards and Anguilla. What is written is fine, although a bit banal at times. It is what is not written I longed for. Did all the Anguillians truly love the rich white folks? Did the marriage have any connecting factors at all? Why did everything seem to go relatively smoothly in their transition, even though there are allusions that they did not.
I love Anguilla, and that is why I read the book. I also respect the Blanchards for following their dream and having the means to do so.
The writing was of poor quality and in fact juvenile. I so wanted to like this book but it was tiresome and hard to understand why they did this at all. I just was underwhelmed and grew bored with the book. I could not recommend it.
I enjoyed the book but I felt a bit betrayed by the authors, they are 2 east coast overachievers pretending that they enjoy island life when in fact they were living their east coast life of 14 hour days in the islands. I have lived in the islands and these were the people we would laugh at. The Authors are now motivational speakers, not true island people!
WOW... this is a great book if you've ever dreamed of leaving everything and moving to a tropical island. No worries, no stress... island time. The Blanchards leave their USA life behind and move to Anguilla to open a restaurant. This details their first year in Anguilla and the trials and tribulations they adjust to on island time.
I did enjoy this book and look forward to reading the second one they wrote. If you are not familiar with Carribean life, though, and in particular in the early to mid-nineties, I can see why some are critical, or took it the wrong way. They are living the life I dream of, and hope to have some day, though, so I will live vicariously through them! Someday, maybe we will get back over to Anguilla and dine with them, too, as we frequent St. Marten.
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Reading about the obstacles encounterred in building and opening a business on the island was eyeopening. The realization is that to do so one must have drive, money connections and passion to be successful. The contrasts in the cultures was very interesting.
The Blanchards had a successful gourmet food business in the NE that they sold and moved to an island to open a restaurant. It was a stuggle to say the least but they were successful till a storm almost wiped them out. Today the place is well known and they have a second book out.