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Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite
Operatic Divas and Naked Irishmen by Nancy R. Hinchliff is the engaging story of the author and her journey of transformation and self-discovery. Her story of transformation from that of retired school teacher to that of a successful innkeeper is indeed uplifting and encouraging - how she finds her way through the harrowing times that are connected with being an innkeeper. Her personal experiences and stories are interesting and entertaining, and they show the transition in her life as she buys a mansion and transforms it into a Victorian inn. It is a story of courage, determination, and mental strength.
I found the author’s personal journey uplifting and inspiring, and the manner in which she reinvents herself is creditable. The problems she faces while being an innkeeper and her personal experiences are palpable to readers. She shares some delicious recipes as the book progresses and that gives readers an idea of some of the dishes served at the inn. The narration is straightforward and simple, enabling us to connect well with her stories. I like the way in which the author shares her easy-to-make recipes while narrating her experiences as an innkeeper. She weaves them nicely into the book in a way so that they do not read as if they are forced. The memoir is warm and the food, the décor, and ambiance she shares with us evoke a nice feeling while reading. Apart from the story, the book conveys some strong and thought-provoking messages to readers through the author’s life experiences. Her approach to life is worth a mention and readers learn about it while reading the memoir.