Thursday, November 4, 2010

Playa Perdida

There’s not a day that goes by that I don’t receive an e-mail asking me, “So what’s expat life like in Ecuador?”

Well, I can’t answer that with one sentence because it’s different for everyone, but if you want to get a feel for what it’s like to be an “expat” without leaving the States, you need to read Playa Perdida.

I just finished it today during my siesta and I have to say for every character in the book, I found an “equivalent” expat here in Cuenca! And, I found myself in the book, but I’m not telling you who it is. I actually fell in love with all the characters—especially “Slot.”

Without giving away too much of the book's plot, it’s about a burnt-out pastor who brings his family with him to Panama to a corner of the world called “Playa Perdida.” It’s a “lost beach” that is home to many expats—all there for different reasons. Some come to escape their past, others come for adventure, and a few realize that what they are running from finally catches up with them—even the pastor who comes to minister to the expats (by their invitation—of course!).

I found myself laughing as much as I cried, as Dan Schmidt—the author—reels you into the plot and makes you believe you’re actually living at Playa Perdida.

Of course, I associated more with some of the characters than others, like Slot—the one armed vet—and Arthur, a “refined British gent.” In the end, however, the pastor—Gray Albright—and his wife Moira, receive more than they ever expected to give!

I give this book five stars and two thumbs up!

Until next time...hasta luego!

P.S. There’s a Kindle version available and I will also put a copy in the Carolina Bookstore in Cuenca.

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