Book Nut likes, for the most part, this collection of travel essays by Frances Mayes. Some places come alive in Mayes writing, a few fall flat. Melissa’s conclusion?
Even with its many imperfections, it’s a book worth reading. I vascillated between jealousy and what she was able to do (and afford!), and soaking the words in and feeling like I was there myself. There were times when it read like a guidebook (a very good guidebook, but one nonetheless), but I can’t complain, coming away with garden and food suggestions, book recommendations, and CDs to listen to.