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- Print Length: 227 pages
- Publisher: Authentic Media (1 Oct. 2015)
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B015JL9OF6
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- Word Wise: Enabled
- Customer reviews: 56 customer ratings
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #728,662 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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You don t have to be an American to enjoy this book. Or British. Or a vicar s wife. You just have to be somebody who has found themselves in an unusual place, felt a bit out of their depth, and wondered where God was in all of that. That s most of us, I think. --Bob Hartman, storyteller and author
Amy has given us the gift of a beautiful book. Warmth without sentimentality, engaging in a I can't wait for the next page way, rich in truth, this hopeful, honest book is a treasure trove. --Jeff Lucas, author, speaker, broadcaster --This text refers to the paperback edition.
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I love a bit of Bill Bryson and there are parts which remind me of his writing about Blighty - the British penchant for tea and queues, for example. It made me laugh and smile and cry a little bit too.
And unlike the reviewers before me, I found it disturbing, and felt sorry for the young woman who arrived and was hit so hard by 'Now what? I'm a Vicar's wife in England?' feelings as the newly married young coupl drove towards Cambridge, their first (and temporary) home in England where her husband was still a vicar-in-training. She's lost her familiar surroundings, her job, her family and friends, all were now thousands of miles away ... Amy writes movingly of picking herself up, brushing herself down, and accepting that moving on is what's going on here: life is definitely different.
The format she chose works well: a trip through the seasons, with an account of how each one, with its festivals and weather, affects her and present her with new challenges, with a summary of its spiritual lessons she learned and presents to her readers to end the section. Sometimes I could have done with some clarification, for example, of dates of each vignette: we meet the children as babies, as older children, and do we meet them as teens? They were a bit unclear, in terms of ages, and I'd have liked to've had a clearer picture of this so that family life moved smoothly along through the years, just as the seasons moved around the year. I was also amused about her observations of the British, and didn't recognise myself - however, there are many varieties of British, and it's true we do drink a lot of tea in our family,
The recipes at the very end are, I think, very much an idea from Amy's American heritage, and although they could be accused of being unrelated to the subject (she's finding herself in Britain, these are her American recipes) fit perfectly into the book. Living in a city where many Americans come to study, I've a long acquaintance with how they love to swap recipes, and love to bake. American academics and feminists seem happier in the kitchen than their British counterparts! And I'm totally with them in that: what's over-domestic about offering visitors a great cake or your Momma's special soup or pie? Food's also a good way to recall Home, and that is what Amy underlines in her book: how to make home in a foreign land.
She's a speaker and writer ... she is definitely also identifies as a homemaker, and has indeed taken the time and 'found herself'.
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What makes this book work for the reader, is Pye's honesty and openness of her thoughts and feelings. Equally fascinating is her ability and at times struggle to balance what "American" aspects of her personality she will retain and what "British" influences she will allow to become part of her.
There are also the challenges of being the wife of a Vicar, from traditional expectations of "partnering with her husband" in the ministry to her vision of partnering while pursuing her own "calling" in life (writer/editor). The book is rooted in spirituality, as faith and religion play an active role in the day-to-day lives of Pye and her family.
“Finding Myself in Britain” blends humor with a Midwest meets Britain style of sarcasm. You will laugh out loud and at times say "she did that or said that?" As a food person, I am always intrigued by other cultures and love how many of Pye's stories include this element. I also like that she included all the recipes at the end of the book. Another nice feature is the notes section to help both the American and British reader understand differing definitions of words and phrases from both cultures.
In a culture where at times we are so fascinated with the lives of celebrities, Pye’s life perspectives are so much more intriguing. Her experiences are real and relatable to us all. In the publishing world often personal essays by the non-famous is rejected, so glad that was not the case here.
As you follow the author's tale through the seasons, your memories of past experiences of finding your way in a new place come flooding back. I laughed out loud picturing the author shouting out a WooHoo for her child as the quiet Brits looked on. And my heart sank for her as her first try at creating the traditional Christmas Eve meal of her youth didn't quite work out as planned. This book is a perfect mix of faith, hope and love of home - wherever it is that you find it. I loved the glimpse into life as a Vicar's wife in Britain. A great gift for a new graduate, anyone setting off on a new adventure or anyone who just loves all things British.
I loved the 'Notes' section in the back of the book that was helpful as a person who has never been to Britian, and I'm sure that it's equally helpful to the Britians reading the book if they've never spent any time in the States! The recipe section adds an even more personal touch. I very much enjoyed this book!