Sunday Book Club -Just Passing Through, Mary-Jane Houlton

Every Sunday we are taking a look at the world of books. I read a lot and always want to share my opinions on what I read, so I thought it would be fun to write reviews. Today we look at a book about giving up everything to life on the water.

Just Passing Through: A Nomadic Life Afloat In France (2020)

Mary-Jane Houlton


There is something irresistibly romantic about the idea of living and travelling on a boat. In 2017 Mary-Jane Houlton sold her house, bought a boat called Olivia Rose and set off with her husband Michael and their two dogs to see if reality can ever live up to a dream.

– from Amazon

Positive Points

It is really interesting to read a book about a journey of selling everything you once knew and jumping aboard a boat and travelling the canals of France. It is a book that takes you on a journey of getting used to the waterways and the transition into a nomadic life. It is a story that is engaging whilst also welcoming you to the adventures you can have in the water.

Negative Points

I felt there needed more pages to the book, I wanted to hear about all the adventures in the towns they visited by the boat. Whilst it s a book about changing to living on a boat, I would of loved their to be more about the travel itself then the engine issues and the problems.

Overall Review

I never really knew a lot about this topic and I found it a really interesting book to welcome me into this world. Whilst I wished there was more about the actual places they visited, it is very interesting to find out about the difficulties they have to face. You also learn a lot about France that you may not of known before.

Rating : ***3 Stars

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