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Reviewed by Romuald Dzemo for Readers' Favorite
A Year on the Tump by Daniel P. T. Thomas begins with exultation, the author introducing the reader to a move that will change life as they knew it. The excitement comes across strongly in the narrative voice as the author recounts the move from New Jersey to what they anticipated to be the “quintessential dream of living on an island off the coast of Virginia.” When the author and Debbie decided to move to Chincoteague Island — the name is so hard to pronounce for a place so exotic and gorgeous — they never expected it to be a small haven. But here they were in a place where the pace of life is slowed down, where people are compelled by the sheer beauty of the island to slow down, to savor every moment. As one reads through this tantalizing memoir, one has a clear image of a quaint neighborhood, of a small town where everyone knows everybody, and where simple joys still fill people's hearts.
Daniel P. T. Thomas is a skilled author with a unique gift for imagery and he makes the memoir come alive with the apt choice of words and the stunning descriptions that are imbued with a sense of forensic clarity. In this narrative, the author shares the bond they have to a place, the beauty in the simplicity of life, the pleasure of great locales and the exhilarating sense of smelling nature. Readers are immersed in the culture of people on a small island, the pulse of their life, and characters that define its beauty. A Year on the Tump makes you want to move to this little island. A work that is written with words of love and adoration, with a strong appeal to fans of travel memoirs.