Deborah L. Jacobs
DJWorking Unlimited, Inc. (2017)
Reviewed by Paige Lovitt for Reader Views (08/17)
“Four Seasons in a Day” by Deborah L. Jacobs is the story of a huge adventure she and her husband embark on when they decide to live in France for three months. They wanted to see what it would be like to live there, rather than just be a tourist. In order to do this, they had to ready their home in New York to be rented for three months. Turns out that it wasn’t just preparing the home, Deborah also had to prepare herself to be able to live with having strangers in her home.
Deborah put a great deal of care into readying her house for the renters. Unfortunately, when she and her husband arrive at their intended home for three months, they were quickly reminded of the television show Green Acres. It was definitely not up to their standards. When they voice their concerns, the owners quickly gave them notice, so they immediately have to look elsewhere for a place to stay. This situation actually seemed to be a blessing in disguise because they are able to make lifelong friends and see more of France and a bit of Spain. Their further adventures allow arm chair travelers like myself, to journey along with them. As I read, I felt like I was able to see the sights and hear the sounds of places that I most likely will never go.
In addition to experiencing new places through Deborah’s eyes, I also found myself getting educated on the ins and outs of the “sharing economy” industry. Deborah presents an incredible amount of valuable information that will help both a renter and an owner. Having read this book, I would definitely feel much calmer about taking on a trip like this, including one that is overseas. Having evaluated my feelings about the difficulties that she experienced, I know that I would definitely not be comfortable with sharing my home. Deborah also opened my eyes to issues that can happen when traveling abroad, such as a medical emergency. There is so much to think about!
“Four Seasons in a Day” by Deborah L. Jacobs will appeal to many readers, including arm chair travelers, economy sharers, and people who are planning a trip abroad. While there were some setbacks which the couple managed to handle very well, the overall experience seemed like an incredible journey. After reading about the Jacobs’ epicurean adventures, I most definitely want to develop a more exotic palate! I just wish I had access to the freshly baked bread and incredible produce that they had in Europe. This book is highly recommended reading!