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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
South America: Under The Skin of a Foreign Country is a short work of travel writing penned by author Barbara M Webb. Part entertaining travel read and part actual guidebook, the premise and purpose of the work is for the author to document what happened to her after she lost her terminally ill husband, a memoir which she recollected in ‘Moving from Grief in Cornwall’. Here, Barbara moves to Ecuador to start a new life in its incredible capital Quito, and in doing so transforms and learns so much about the world. This memoir recounts that experience of embedding yourself in a new country and culture so far from home, and goes on to follow the author through other exploratory travels in the rest of South America.
In a work that is uplifting and intriguing for all the right reasons, author Barbara M Webb escapes her grief and reinvents a new life for herself in a much braver and more exciting way than most people would ever dream of doing. Reading her book is like going on the adventure with her, from the vivid descriptions of the places she has lived in and visited to the very real connections she likes to make with the people of the new cultures she encounters. More than simply a travel writer’s guide, this memoir-esque work hones in on the real heart of South America, the ethos of its people and the experience of being welcomes (and in some cases, unwelcome) as an ex-patriot going abroad. South America: Under The Skin of a Foreign Country does exactly what it promises. Highly recommended.