LOST ANGEL WALKABOUT
By: Linda Ballou
This review is based on a review copy provided by Linda Ballou in exchange for review, all reviews being my own opinion without guarantee or assumption of liking or disliking.
Linda Ballou is a travel writer and this is evident in her collection of travel stories, Lost Angel Walkabout. Linda travels as a single woman and encounters a world of cultures from Hawaii to Alaska to the mists of Ireland.
Linda speaks candidly of her fears, her frustrations, and her triumphs. Her gift of descriptive language takes her readers on journeys to far off places while sitting comfortably in the comfort of their own homes. Linda has taken these adventures for us, her readers.
As I read the stories, I was particularly taken by Linda’s commitment to the ecology of our planet. She informs her audience with tidbits of “eco-alerts,” wherein she gives information about ecological problems we are facing.
I found Linda’s collection of thirty stories to be entertaining and informative. She has a knack for drawing the reader into her adventure, so I felt like I rode next to her as she attempted to jump her horse in Ireland and struggled with her up a mountainside in New Zealand. She has an affinity with nature and strives to leave no footprint as she travels. She doesn’t stay in five star hotels or fancy resorts. She sleeps in tents, bed and breakfasts, and small out of the way home situations. She enjoys the local food as well as the local scenery. She doesn’t shy away from trying to drive a car on the ”wrong side of the street” or ride a horse into a snow storm. She embraces life and the adventures it holds. All this is evident in her writing and her presentation.
I enjoyed reading Linda’s stories and hope, if you are an “armchair traveler,” you will as well.