"No one thought Sara James, a seasoned NBC TV correspondent and Manhattanite through and through, would move to Australia after a long and successful fast-track career reporting from around the globe. But move she did, when her Australian husband Andrew wanted to go home, in a journey that sees her morph from a big-city anchor to a small-town mum living an Australian country life.
It is an odyssey filled with drama and adventure, both personal and professional, intentional and accidental. We see Australia through a New Yorker's eyes, and follow Sara's adventures as she faces head-on the challenges of everyday life in a new country with two children, one of whom has special needs.
We laugh with her as she drives on the other side of the road, grapples with the Australian vernacular and its penchant for understatement, and ponders the prevalence of local wildlife that could kill. We cheer for her when she sets up the NBC Australasian bureau at her home in the Wombat Forest, reporting from a specially constructed sound booth in the garage, located between her husband's Mustang and the shed. Most of all, we see a mother, a wife, and a reporter determined to create a new home for her family."
I absolutely loved this memoir. I laughed in parts and almost cried in others. Its hard enough moving halfway across the world and leaving all your friends and family behind, let alone understanding the Aussie lingo, driving on the opposite side of the road, and dealing with a daughter with a disability.
Sara knows no one in the Macedon area and with her daughter she commutes to and from inner-city Melbourne to drive her to a special school. Of course finding friends is always a challenge, so she joins a midweek ladies tennis team and the results of that had me laughing out loud!!
How the family dealt with the devastating 2009 bush fires and the Australian wildlife and fitting into a new community was inspiring. We have this book available as an e-book as well as a hardcover.