I recently reviewed Michael Harling’s book Postcards from Across the Pond and was delighted to discover he has just published his second, More Postcards From Across the Pond. As the first book was so fresh in my mind I immediately downloaded the second on to my Kindle and settled down to see what had been happening in the life of this American adventurer putting down roots in Horsham, England.
This second book has a more measured, settled tone, something he acknowledges,
“These days, I’m a bit calmer. You can’t sustain that level of excitement for very long, and after a while your everyday life becomes, well, your everyday life.”
He expands his horizons from the domestic to the more exotic recounting his first forays into foreign travel as an Englishman, after officially becoming a Brit. We feel his sense of becoming adjusted, settling and accepting.
His writing is stronger, better paced and less disjointed with the maturity and stoicism of a man who entered the maelstrom of a culture shock and survived. As a reader I found this a much sharper and more entertaining book perhaps because he learned from the errors he made with the first. It is better edited and more tightly drawn.
His spirit may be calmer but the sense of wonder and the excitement he feels for where life has bought him have not waned, his observations are made with the mellow, contented eye of a man comfortable with himself and the world around him.
Coming soon – an interview with Michael Harling, his writing, getting his books published and where he goes from here . . .
Michael Harling’s books are available on Amazon and Smashwords in paperback and Kindle format.
More Postcards From Across the Pond – Dispatches from An Accidental Expat Click here to order from AmazonPaperback: 188 pages Publisher: CreateSpace (May 10, 2011) Language: English ISBN-10: 1461173892 ISBN-13: 978-1461173892