I enjoyed reading this book, a combination memoir and travelogue. Pohlman was turning fifty and the midlife reality descended upon her. She would soon be dealing with an empty nest too. Her husband gave her a trip to Florence. Such a trip had been instrumental in healing their marriage. This trip would give her a time of renewal and the opportunity to develop a deeper understanding of her life and God's purposes for her.
Pohlman has an engaging style of writing. I like the life lessons she gleaned from the places she visited. I liked her insights on art, making me think of taking an art history class. I liked her times of reminiscing and her pondering the upheaval in her carefully constructed life. She was able to understand her self and where her life was going, charting a new course.
As Pohlman writes, midlife is the time to raise your hand and stand, to take a chance at something. “...I must look with new eyes, listen with new ears, and follow the voice that calls to me from within.” (Loc 871/2105)
This is a good memoir for those facing the uncertainties of midlife. You'll find much to encourage you on your journey to understand your life and where God may be leading you.
My rating: 4/5 stars.
Susan Pohlman is the founder and director of The Phoenix Writers Network. She is a freelance writer, editor, writing coach, and workshop facilitator based in Phoenix, Arizona. Her essays have been published in a variety of print and online outlets. She has served as a writer-in-residence for the Arizona Public Library and has taught creative writing at the Arizona State University Emeritus School. You can find out more at https://www.susanpohlman.com/.
Riviera Communications Group, 232 pages.
I received a complimentary digital copy of this book from the author. My comments are an independent and honest review.
(My star ratings: 5-I love it, 4-I like it, 3-It's OK, 2-I don't like it, 1-I hate it.)