Island Wife: living on the edge of the wild Hardcover – 28 Mar 2013
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Island Wife A memoir of a woman's life on a remote Scottish island - from 19-year-old girl to wife of one to mother of five, hotelier, domestic miracle worker, to empty nester to writer. For fans of Wife in the North and Sightlines. Full description
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The work that she gets through with a laugh and a wink will take your breath away as much as the sheer poetry she finds on her Topsy Turvey Island. Every day is an adventure, much is asked and much is given, this is a different life, for sure, a paradise for children, free of the computer, phone, tv, just clear sea air and trees to climb, deer to watch, animals to care for. As Judy generously ties up all the loose ends we feel part of the family and our caring is respected to the extent that I am now longing for the next decade to unravel for the Fairbairns one and all.
The writer is always prepared to accept personal responsibility. She made me feel close to her during the small tragedies, domestic emergencies and demanding challenges that inevitably cropped up. Mistakes are made and openly admitted to, with wistful regret. I liked the way in which Judy does take things to heart so; it rang a lot of bells for me. We are bred the same way!
At last a book that enlivens, entertains, rewards and touches the heart. As I romped through I kept thinking of different friends and family I want to buy it for, knowing that they would really enjoy it too.Read more ›
This is Fairbairns' story of her life as a carefree, somewhat rebellious, young woman swept off her feet by a hardy 'alpha male' farmer and their unusual transformation from successful farmers to opening the first whale watching business in the UK. Her writing is vivid yet matter of fact, laced with heartache and humour.
I do think the book would appeal to women readers perhaps more than men. I say this as my wife read it as well and she said she could relate to some experiences and statements Fairbairns expressed more than I did as a less than alpha male! Perhaps as a result my wife enjoyed this book more than I did.
It was an experience, and the locals talked about them all the time! "Granny at the Gate" was a wonderful woman, who tried to bend over backwards to help out, but in the book Judy depicted her in a sort of busybody title. I feel Granny did not get the appreciation she deserved. I loved it when she popped in, her presence brought a normality to the day. The kids loved her visits, and granny was a wonderful baker!
So now, Judy is able to indulge in all her artistic talents and moving on. Good for her, but the book...well, not quite what I expected.
I really don't want to give much away but I will say that Island Wife as well as humourous does leave you feeling your life is quite possibly dull / far too sedentary; as Judy tackles life on a Hebridean island with 5 young children, a vast estate to run (encompassing hotel, cottages, livestock, inlaws and pets) with quite the most chauvinistic, uncommunicative yet charismatic husband.
The book touches on her bouts of depression and feelings of wretched self esteem, lack of identity and 'joy de vivre'. You really want to reach out and give her a big hug. I also felt enormously frustrated at her stoicism - that's women for you!!
However - the ending is good - and I immediately looked up her blog to see where she is at now.
Her writing is beautiful. I am quite sure most people will really enjoy this book.
I am taking on board totally her Can Do attitude and I'm not complaining about my comparatively meagre domestic chores!!!!!
This would be a great book to give a disgruntled teen who thinks their life is too hard, or a complaining co-worker who thinks they work too many hours, or almost anyone who thinks that their current life is tough - trust me, this woman had it much tougher for much longer.
*Tender Loving Care and Time To Herself
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very well written. Beautifully descriptive which enhances both the excitement and frustration of the story.Published 4 months ago by Rita Clare
I have just finished reading Judy Fairbairn’s ‘Island Wife’, a fabulous read. How I identify with some of her struggles. A talented, incredibly hard working and driven woman. Read morePublished 5 months ago by M. Pothecary
I Ioved the way she had the inner confidence to follow her heart into the unknown, and when her heart wearied, she kept going, through sheer force of will. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Mhairi5
Another book which is still being read but up to now is turning out to be a great read.Published 9 months ago by Betty
Lovely book, well written. Had a huge empathy for the author. Every woman can relate to this book. Shame she hasn't written another.Published 9 months ago by Mrs. H. HELLYN
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