Memoirs are made to speak from a point a view, the authors point of view. The topics vary from one extreme to another. However, they all express a human experience. This book shares a unique experience of the world and the flaws in sharing those experiences.
The biggest problem I had about this book that bothered me a great deal was that most of the book wasn’t about the adventure to, in, and from Africa like it lead me to believe based on the descriptions and title of the book. From my count, eight chapters out of twenty-three were filler about the past that was necessary or relevant to the story. Even though the stories in those chapters are not necessary they should be something that I feel some type of emotion towards and I’m just annoyed by them. That’s what made me not like a big portion of this book. Which is unfortunate as I really wanted to like this book. Overall, this book could have been a lot shorter, to the point and I would have enjoyed it a whole lot more.
Another problem I had with this book was the lack of apparent editing. It was full of spelling errors, no chapter structure what so ever, and the know how of when to cut pieces of writing from a book. I realize that it’s self-published but invest in an independent editor to help with the task.
When the story was about her adventure to, in, and from Africa I was so entangled within the story that any problems I had about the other chapters seemed to dissolve. The consistency of the second half of the book allowed me to enjoy that half. In those chapters I had them marked in my notes as good and great. I wish that the whole book had made me feel that way.
Hopefully, if she writes more books, that she is more to the point and uses an editor. If not, it will be just as difficult to read her next books as it was this one. So, I would not recommend this book as it is but if there any changes made to the book in the future, I may change my mind with another read.
This book was given to me in exchange for an honest review via NetGalley.