Jill Pennington a single mom that had decided to stay in Italy and raise her 3 children. This book is about her ups and downs in doing so. It is not your usual my life in Italy books. It is realistic and true memoir of her life experiences living in Italy. She has a humor to her writing that helps you go through the journal entries with easy and desire to find out more. It is a fantastic book. I admire her for writing about her life as it is and the struggles she went through. She shows her compassion of wanting to live in Italy and strength to do so. She did this all because she wanted to give the better life to her children. She plowed through the problems and made it happen and all this without the dead beat dad that was only interested in himself. When reading the book you felt yourself cheering her on to keep going. A great read and if you knew her personally she is a great person as well.
“There was always something to amaze, entertain and educate us living in this place. Life was never dull but I continued to ask the kids regularly if they had any desire to return to the UK. Their answer was always the same, ‘no’, so we stayed put.” Pennington, Jill (2012-05-28). The diary of a single parent abroad (Kindle Locations 901-902).
“I had to tell the kids, but I knew they would be fine about it. I have a very honest relationship with all three of them and we talked about most things openly so they were well aware how bad things were. Being a parent is not easy. It’s not just about feeding, clothing and discipline – you also have to find the time and energy for having fun, spending time together and being interested in what they are interested in. Unfortunately, for fun you need funds – and things were pretty grim in that department. They knew me very well and knew when I wasn’t happy. They would do anything to help and support me and they rarely asked for things, they just accepted our situation. I felt very lucky to have such lovely kids.” Pennington, Jill (2012-05-28). The diary of a single parent abroad (Kindle Locations 1112-1117).
WHERE TO BUY THE BOOK
Paperback/Italian version – http://www.feedaread.com/books/AVVENTURA-APPENNINO-ITALIA-9781782996552
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