Looking for a bit of light reading I bumped into this beauty and I wasn't disappointed. What could have turned out to be a bit of misguided yank condescension in fact portrays my country in a truely honest and delightful manner. Insightful and accurate to a T. Sara James eloquently captures Australia,s unique rural environment and culture and the challenges it brings. Her personal trials are heartening and her devotion to her family shows through and s completely inspiring. Her journalistic and writing skills show though in a clear even hand an reporters eye for fact and detail. This translates into an accurate portrayal that I found hard to pick up any fault in. I did love spotting the inadvertent Australianisms also "our island of a property" is a line only an Aussie could write. Lovely story told credibly and professionally I heartily recommend it to any anyone looking for a perspective into semi rural life in Australia
Overall, a very enjoyable read. It's always interesting to see one's own country viewed through the eyes of a visitor or new settler. Her writing style is clear and to the point as she doesn't labor over any points unnecessarily. Her observations are very accurate and towards the end of the book it's apparent that she gained a deeper understanding of the Australian psyche which is fundamentally different to that of the American one.