A Bit of Earth by Wendy Crisp Lestina

51fpagwvaxl-_ac_us160_*** I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review ***

This is not the typical book I read. There was no vampires, fairies, dragons, or end of the world prophecies. However, it was a fun relaxing read. I am learning that memoirs in any form are hard to write. It is not easy to share personal stories and anecdotes with people you know, much less a whole world you don’t know. The author has spent the last 40 years of her life writing a column for the Ferndale Enterprise. Several of the vignettes that appear here first appeared in her column.

I appreciated the author’s honest look at herself and she seems to have a good ability to laugh at herself. This book has an Erma Bombeck feel to it. I think the author’s intent with this book is to show the reader the importance of living life to the fullest by sharing her own experiences. I can imagine her life as I read about her adjustments after forty years of living in several busy cities to living on a small farm in a small town. Having lived in both big and small cities, I know first hand the challenges and joys of both. She does an excellent job. It is worth the reader especially for a reader who enjoys real life stories.




  1. Thank you, Terri — and thanks for your willingness to read outside your usual genres. Let me recommend a good read (or what was a good read 60 years ago!) in the category of your interest in historical fiction. This historical novel accurately (from scholarship) portrays events 150 years prior to Henry VIII that created what became the House of Tudor, and is still popular: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B008454XNS/ref=dp-kindle-redirect?_encoding=UTF8&btkr=1 Katherine, by Anya Seton.

    All best, Wendy

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