[Following is an official OnlineBookClub.org review of “A European Odyssey” by Bailey Alexander.]
Bailey Alexander’s book is a memoir that stems from the author’s quest to discover her true identity.
Bailey Alexander’s life was flourishing in Seattle. She had developed a successful business, got married, and even retired after five years of building her company. But in 1999, Bailey’s beloved mother, Muv, makes the most bizarre of all confessions to her. The truth changes Bailey’s life and inspires her to embark on an intriguing odyssey across Europe. It helps that Bailey’s husband, Francis, loves traveling too. He is also trying to set up his business empire. Hence, they both lived a nomadic lifestyle in Europe for about 20 years, searching for a place to call their home.
Firstly, I must commend Bailey for the geography and history lessons in this book. I am in awe of how well-traveled the author is. What intrigued me the most was how Bailey was able to describe each town they visited excellently. Though I have not been to any of the European cities mentioned in this book, I enjoyed the author’s insights into the cultures of the cities. Good job, Bailey!
What I liked the most about this book was the author’s writing style. Her vivid descriptions are praiseworthy! I felt like I embarked on the trips with her. I enjoyed how easy it was to picture the things and events she described. There was nothing left out in her narration. She covered the culture, food, politics and even gave some history lessons of the places she visited. I was educated and entertained at the same time, but I was never confused due to how smoothly the story flowed.
Nevertheless, I admired how Bailey made friends with ease. I learned through her story how important it is to have a good relationship with other people. Also, I found her husband’s determination to succeed in his business to be very inspiring. Of all the cities Bailey lived in, Venice is my favorite. Who knows? I might get the opportunity to visit the city someday.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this title and eagerly await the next book from this author. There was nothing I disliked about this book. It is professionally edited and with few typos. This title is also concise and devoid of profanities. Therefore, I am glad to rate this book 4 out of 4 stars. I am recommending it to readers who love intriguing memoirs, especially those interested in learning about the cultures of a good number of cities in Europe.
A European Odyssey
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