I purchased this book because having just returned from a holiday in New Zealand we are keen to imigrate there - concidentally to the same area as the Goddards(being Tauranga/The Mount).
This book charts a year in the life of this family of 4, from deciding to imigrate, to the point at which they are relatively established in New Zealand - house bought, kids in school, business up and running.The book's narrative is given by Paul and is straight forward and to the point and though he did share honestly the emotional highs and lows, I feel something would have been added to it if we could of heard about the experience from his wife's point of view as well.I suspect we would of been given more details of the practical aspects and deeper details of the emotional rollercoaster they were on (us women like the nitty gritty and find the finer details helpful in making decisions).
I too would of liked to have more details of how things panned out in the home such as what to take and not take with regards the home , what was useful/comforting and what was not, what helped the children, what were their difficulties?
Paul focuses more on the business and work side of things and his feelings of how things are going as the male breadwinner. From this point of view I think that it is an excellent book for men to read - there are few books out there written by men that share their real life experiences including immigration.
I would recommend this book to anyone thinking of imigrating, especially families with young children and men. It was an easy but informative and honest read which left you wanting to know how things had gone for them since the year was up and its helped us see some of the realities of a move to another country which you don't experience on a holiday.