A Traveler's Guide to Belonging

A Traveler s Guide to Belonging Twenty four year old Timothy is far from his home country of Canada when his new wife dies in childbirth Stunned he finds himself alone with his newborn son in the mountains of North India and no ide

  • Title: A Traveler's Guide to Belonging
  • Author: Rachel Devenish Ford
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 121
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Twenty four year old Timothy is far from his home country of Canada when his new wife dies in childbirth Stunned, he finds himself alone with his newborn son in the mountains of North India and no idea of what it means to be a father, and begins a journey through India with his baby, seeking understanding for loss and life and the way the two intertwine Set among the stuTwenty four year old Timothy is far from his home country of Canada when his new wife dies in childbirth Stunned, he finds himself alone with his newborn son in the mountains of North India and no idea of what it means to be a father, and begins a journey through India with his baby, seeking understanding for loss and life and the way the two intertwine Set among the stunning landscapes, train tracks, and winding alleys of India, A Traveler s Guide to Belonging is a story about fathers and sons, losing and finding love, and a traveler s grand quest for meaning.

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    1. This book was so beautiful. It absolutely isn't for everyone, but, if you want to read a book to renew your spirit, this could be the book for you. It felt like a slow, constant rain on a Saturday after a busy, hectic week. There are no crazy plot twists; just a story of love, life, grief and of finding yourself again amidst the unplanned turmoil of life. I loved it.

    2. I've been travelling to India for over 20 years and will read almost anything that I can find about people's travel experiences. When this book popped up as a kindle offer, I didn't expect a lot - I feared it might be another of those 'been there for a few days and think I know everything' type tales. Fortunately I was completely wrong. I know all the places where the book is set and found the descriptions very real. Whether somebody who hasn't been to McLeodganj, Varanasi or Goa will create suc [...]

    3. Loved it! I enjoyed the simplicity of the characters' lives day-to-day because it didn't take away from the emotional challenges that consumed the main character. He was great!

    4. Part travelogue, part spiritual journey, part gentle romance, this lyrical novel by Rachel Devenish Ford swept me deep into the fascinating land of India. The story is told through the sojourns of two young Canadians: grieving Timothy (alone with his baby son) trying to find meaning in an unexpected loss, and Prema, a young women seeking to reconnect with the culture and home of her ancestors. Eventually the two travelers come together and share many experiences. Beautifully written, with wondro [...]

    5. I really enjoyed A Traveler's Guide to Belonging, with the author's delightful descriptions of ordinary details that put me right beside the travelers in the story. I felt like I was journeying with Timothy as he waded through grief and found himself surprised by the touches of joy as life slowly came back to him. Rachel Devenish Ford has talent for writing about exploring and growing, both in body and soul.

    6. A wonderful journey through heartache and self discovery. I loved this book. I would love to see a sequel.

    7. An enchanting story of grief, love and healing. It filled me up and left me with that satisfied feeling one gets after a great read. Highly recommended.

    8. Wow! I love how it drew me in from the first paragraph and what a great ending; not leaving you longing for more. Perfect closure! I simply could not put it down and finished reading it in a day.

    9. It opens at the closeOne wonders when a book begins with an ending, but A TRAVELER'S GUIDE moves on beautifully with a rebirth, renewal, and refocus. Unusual characters develop before our eyes, casting off cultural norms and societal expectations to become simply themselves, living life as they find it and teaching us to do the same.In some ways, the plot developed precisely as I knew it must. If you're the kind of reader who thrives on plot twists and reversals of fortune, you may find this sto [...]

    10. This is a moving story about love and loss. It begins sad, as can be seen from the synopsis, but most of the book is about finding a way out of the depths of sadness and how one young man, with the help of several people along the way, figures out how to do that so he can continue living his life. A very good story with what I believe was a very powerful ending. My favorite part about this book, though, was its perfectly accurate descriptions of India. If you have spent any amount of time in Ind [...]

    11. Fascinating idea behind the main storyline of this with a young traveller thrown into grief and fatherhood all at once. Timothy's journey (as with Prema's in the secondary storyline) was well described in fine detail so the contrast between who they were when the story began and who they became as it ended made heartbreaking and at times joyful sense. The thought of "will Timothy ever move forward enough to make the journey back to Canada with Isaac?" kept me going (although there were many time [...]

    12. Twenty-four year old Timothy goes to India to find himself, meets Isabel, marries her, has a son, and Isabel dies in childbirth. The book explores how he deals with a new baby and the loss of Isabel, and comes to grips with his new reality. Interesting and fairly well written, but a little too predictable for me. 3-1/2 stars.

    13. Needs a sequelThis book could have been and should have been a 5 star book but this very talented author cut the book off and ended the story by 200 -300 pages. At her midpoint Rachel closes this wonderful adventure and heartwarming story with an ending that is so misplaced and sudden I was left sad and so disappointed. Maybe there is a plan for a sequelI can only hope.

    14. I was pleasantly surprised by this book. I had heard of it but given an opportunity to purchase it through BookBub's discounted notifications, I am certainly glad that I did. Great character development and a clear plot. Superb.

    15. I'm a sucker for books set in India. This one is about a young Canadian man who travels there, falls in love, and is left with a baby when his new wife dies in childbirth. His search for a new life makes for a good story.

    16. Sweet story but too slow-moving for me. Nevertheless it made for a good book club discussion. (Just about anything can provide a springboard for far-ranging ideas with my book club friends. Not that there’s anything wrong with that.)

    17. Lovely, beautifully written story about longing, love, connection and finding joy after a time of sorrow.

    18. Very surprising. I didn't think I like it by just reading the summary but it turned out to be a deep story which made me re-think my values.

    19. June's book club selection: it was just okay. The story, of a young, recently-widowed father, seemed long and repetitive. How many times did Timothy heat bottles, feed the baby, stare at the baby? In addition, the ending was predictible. I would have liked to have read more about the setting; the story takes place in India.In additon, this was the first kindle book that I read on my phone which may have also decreased my enjoyment.

    20. How did I choose this book to read? The blurb made it sound really interesting. Then I started it and found it a bit "hippy-trail- through-India" but soon forgot about that and became immersed in the story. Written by someone who has obviously not only travelled through but also stayed there for a reasonable time, it is filled with little everyday details that bring it all back. Apart from the details, the story itself- of a man finding himself alone with his newborn baby and how he went from ba [...]

    21. I only finished reading this because it was set in India but oh my it took some determination. I hated the way 'Indian' things were in Italics as if the author was saying how clever am I cause I've researched some Indian things. I just got sick of everyone drinking Chai - pretty sure that in Goa there would have been a few Kingfisher's downed along the way. Some of the research was wrong I think too - as far as I can find out there is no law against women being burnt at Varanasi it's more a case [...]

    22. 24 year old Timothy, Caucasian Canadian, travels to India after his grandfather’s death as a way of dealing with his grief. On his first day he meets Isabel, an older French woman, who has been living in India for years. The two fall in love and get married after two months. Since Isabel is already 35, she wants to have a baby right away, and Timothy agrees. Isabel dies from complications during the birth, leaving Timothy behind in a foreign land with an infant son, and magnified loss. Prema, [...]

    23. This is a truly "Good Read". I have read all of the author's books and can see her maturity as a writer and storyteller. In A "Traveler's Guide to Belonging", while traveling in India, young Timothy has fallen madly in love with his first love and quickly marries her, only to lose her in childbirth. Alone in India with his newborn son, he wonders if he can go on as a very young, brokenhearted single father. Ford takes us to his world in India, with all of it's colorful, mystical wonder and abjec [...]

    24. A Traveler's Guide to Belonging is not the first book I have read by Rachel Devenish Ford,. I find all her books, full of fascinating characters, to be really excellent. She is a fine author. I was fortunate to be one of the early readers, but because the book hadn't yet been published, I had to wait until now to review it.In this book, Timothy, a young widower, with his very young baby boy, leads the reader through an amazing journey in India, where the sights, sounds and even the smells are po [...]

    25. This is a troubling book, for me, but troubling in a five star way. For such a simple plot, it haunts me. After only knowing her for two weeks? His first girlfriend? Who IS this young man? Nearly out of sight of land? Why not swim sideways? All reading requires a temporary suspension of reality--after all we are sitting in a chair looking at squiggles of ink on a piece of paper. But an author has to use the trust placed on her by the reader wisely and skillfully, or he won't be back.The wonderfu [...]

    26. This is the story of two Canadians finding themselves and each other in India. The young man is traveling with his infant son, and learning to be a father after his wife died during childbirth in a small Indian village. Prema was raised in Canada but her roots are in India, so she is trying to find her identity there. They become friends and bond over the young man´s son, eventually having the courage to consider a new life together. The descriptions of India were probably my favorite part of t [...]

    27. What a beautiful book. I can't articulate how much I loved this. Having travelled in India, this book threw me straight back to that time and the feelings I had when there. Prema, the main character has so many things about her that I associate with.

    28. A satisfying love story set in IndiaI enjoyed this novel very much. The characters are real, the descriptions of India make you feel like you are there. I visited this colorful and complicated country last fall, and reading this book evoked good memories of the trip.The plot is basically a story of healing and personal growth, not only for Timothy but also for Prema. I found the character development to be believable. When the story ended I was sad that it was over.

    29. I am fairly obsessed with books set in India. This book is a lovely quick read. I was a little fearful at what turns it might take as it is written by a woman from Canada who lived in India for a number of years operating a meditation center in the Christian tradition. The book turned my fears on edge, spun them around and booted them out the door. The take home message is a guide to belonging for each one of us.

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