By Mark Saunders
Fuze Publishing, $14.95, 283 pages

The idea of quitting our jobs, packing the car and taking a journey to a whole new life has probably been a dream for most of us at one time or another. This book is the story of a couple who did just that. They quit successful careers in Portland and drove South and East to Mexico. The foibles of travelling thousands of miles to a foreign country with a cat and a dog in the back seat is the perfect setting for a humorous story. The true story of a couple who moved from Portland to Mexico is a cautionary tale about adjusting to life in a new place where you don’t know anyone and don’t speak the language. Anyone thinking of making such a move should read this book to receive instruction in such exciting areas as dealing with scorpions, food, shopping, car repair, the slower pace of life, and endless fiestas and fireworks.

This is the first book for Mark Saunders, though he is an award winning playwright, screenwriter and cartoonist. He even tried stand-up comedy at one point. He and his wife currently live in Mexico, and their journey there is described in this book.

An autobiographical accounting, this delightful and amusing read will have you chuckling and engrossed, and wanting more. Descriptions of a warm, sunny city, the fascinating people and way of life are wonderful.

Reviewed by Fran Byram