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Book Review: Jim & Martha: A Novel on Eco Living by Joel Schueler

Jim & Martha is a tragicomedy about a couple entering a major lifestyle change, transitioning from a suburban London flat to an ecovillage. Racing along a two-lane road of humour and tragedy at one hundred miles per hour, how will the lovers fare with their new environment, their new cohabitants, their mental health and each other? As the ecovillage becomes a crossroads of instability, who can trust who? Adventure or nightmare, some things are inescapable…

Genre: Comedy, Humor

Published: December 2019

My Star Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐(4/5)

Jim & Martha: A Novel on Eco Living is an entertaining story about a couple from the busy city moving to a small eco-village in England. Away from the modern difficulties of everyday life, we follow Jim and Martha as they adjust to their new way of living.

At first, Jim & Martha was difficult for me to start reading. The author definitely has a different and unique writing style, which took a lot of getting used to. The constant back and forth between the different characters POVs, had me confused and constantly working to keep track of what was going on and who's head we were inside. But, the further in I got, the easier it became to understand the language and extensive vocabulary the author uses. I started to understand everything that was happening and I was finally able to sit back and relax, enjoying the book more.

Welcome To Freedom.

All of the characters are unique and quirky in their own ways, making them very likeable most of the time. The story line is spot on and holds my interest until the very end. What I liked most about this book was the fact that from the very beginning there was always a smile on my face and a chuckle in my heart. Within the first few pages I knew this was going to be the start of a beautifully hilarious tale, even though this is a story that everyone can relate to, in the way of real world problems. It is full of knowledgeable thoughts and remarks that left me learning new things.

This book is definitely the most creative one I have ever read, it was like taking a breath of fresh air. It is a refreshing take on everyday problems we face, like climate change and sustainability. The only reason I am giving this book a rating of 4 out of 5 stars, is because of the writing style, which at first took the enjoyment out of reading it, and made it difficult to concentrate. Overall, this was an enjoyable yet relatable read that everyone can enjoy.

My Star Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐ (4/5)

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