Dog Days in the Fortunate Islands Book Review

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Dog Days In The Fortunate Islands: A new life in hidden Tenerife
Author: John Searancke
Publisher:Matador, January, 2014
336 pages
Kindle, Paperback


Not everyone can afford to travel. So the next best thing is a good travel book. Dog Days in the Fortunate Islands is a good travel book.

Can you imagine just suddenly selling your house and business in the United Kingdom and moving with your wife to one of the most beautiful islands in the world. That’s just what John Searancke and his wife did and he wrote the most charming book about it and the wonderful road trips he made during a three year period.

The island they retire to is one of the Canary Islands, formerly known as the Fortunate Islands. One of the longest road trips he makes is traveling through Spain in his new 24 year old Mercedes 300 SL to his home on Tenerife.

The book is well-written and Searancke uses engaging language. He has a way of using words that captivates your imagination. Some of his words were so wild that they didn’t register in my Kindle dictionary. His restaurant reviews were a tantilizing treat.I loved how he always included a “loo” rating.

He doesn’t hold anything back when he’s describing his friends and his friends are a colorful group from Pedro the gardener to Dick a wealthy friend in France to his beloved four paw friend Freddie.

The book has a Restaurant guide at the back of the book.  I wish he would have included a couple recipes, too.

I think those who love to travel, love cars or care for a pet will be drawn to this book.
I was given a complimentary copy of this book by the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review


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