Today I have a review of When in Vanuatu by Nicki Chen. Thank you to Caitlin Summie Marketing for the gifted copy.
Diana quit her job and travels to Manila to be with her husband, Jay, when he obtains his dream job.
They dream of starting a family, only that does not happen quickly, or even four years later. A dangerous coup happens while Jay is away on business. Diana wants out, to a place less stressful with a slower pace.
She sets her sights on Vanuatu, a small pacific island said to be relaxing. It turns out this place may be just as dangerous as the one she’s left behind.
Overall, When in Vanuatu is a thoughtful story addressing how marriage changes over time, the pressures and stresses of infertility, and ex-pat life abroad. The descriptions of the place are absolutely stunning.
I received a gifted copy.
About the Book:
When Diana quit her job and followed her husband to Manila, she believed the move would work for both of them: Jay would finally have his dream job, and she would take time off from her accounting career to start a family.
Four years later, however, she’s still not pregnant. Her fertility doctor advises her to relax–an undertaking that is easier said than done in one of the noisiest, most crowded cities in the world. Nevertheless, Diana tries. She takes up yoga and meditation. She buys goldfish. Then one day, while Jay is away on business, a violent coup d’etat erupts. The rebels bomb the presidential palace and occupy parts of the city.
Clearly, Diana decides, something needs to change. Determined to have a baby while she’s still young enough, she convinces Jay to transfer to the small South Pacific nation of Vanuatu, said to be “the most relaxing place on earth.” It isn’t long before she realizes that the island’s tropical beauty hides dangers and disappointments that will test her courage, her marriage, and her ability to open herself up to new possibilities.