Four Seasons in a Day (Paperback)
Travel, Transitions and Letting Go of the Place We Call Home
Djworking Unlimited Inc., 9780983697046, 306pp.
Publication Date: May 1, 2017
Alternately humorous and poignant, this inspiring memoir chronicles the author's misadventures as she and her husband cook in quirky kitchens, struggle to speak French and shop like locals in outdoor markets. With candor and optimism, Deborah Jacobs transports readers from the grape harvest in the Loire Valley to an exuberant chile pepper festival in Basque Country and, ultimately, to Paris, where she witnesses history in the making. En route, she does the pintxo bar crawl in San Sebasti n, Spain, develops an affinity for sheep's milk cheese and cultivates new friendships.
Four Seasons in a Day, an expression used to describe the changeable weather in the Pyrenees, also captures the author's extreme resilience. Her grit and determination in the face of every obstacle give us the courage to chart our own course, carve out a new life and embrace the unexpected.
Those who are thinking of using their home to subsidize foreign travel will find several chapters showing how to do that. Others will whet the reader's appetite to explore the places Jacobs visited. Anyone who has ever fantasized about taking a break from the rat race will want to follow the thread in the style of the 2009 film Julie & Julia of how this life-transforming journey became a book.