Monday, August 13, 2012

"Freeways to Flip-Flops" Review

"A suburban family discovers that trading materialism for a simple life on a tropical island helps them reconnect in unexpected ways."
What do you do when life in sunny Southern California starts to seem plastic, materialistic and just plain hellish?
For Sonia and Duke Marsh, the answer was to sell their worldly goods and move to an unspoiled, simpler life with their three sons in Belize, Central America, a third-world country without all the comforts and distractions of life in the developed world.
Sonia hopes the move will bring her shattered family back together. She feels her sons slipping away from her, and her overworked husband never has time for her or the boys. 
This is the story of one family’s search for paradise. In this memoir, Sonia chronicles a year of defeats, fears and setbacks – and also the ultimate triumph of seeing once-frayed family ties grow back stronger from shared challenges and misfortunes. For Sonia, paradise turned out not to be a place, but an appreciation of life’s simple pleasures – a close-knit family and three well-adjusted sons with a global outlook on life.

My Thoughts...
I had been looking forward to reading this book by Sonia Marsh for a few years now. And I must say I found  this book "Freeways to Flip-Flops" an exciting book to read from the first page right to the end.  It is filled with her year of adventures in Belize with her family. She chronicles all her experiences of living in a third-world country including the many ups and downs they experienced, especially living in a different culture, and way of life in Belize. 

I found it interesting how when Sonia and Duke begin to plan their adventure of moving to Belize, they were hoping to find the 'Paradise' they were both longing for. However, as they slowly found out, to much of a good thing doesn't always make a 'Paradise.' It was refreshing as time went on they became closer as a family, and I especially liked the fact that as more time went by they came to realize that 'Paradise' isn't a place, but a state of mind, and 'Paradise' can be found anywhere you live, if you set your mind to make it so. 

I really enjoyed reading this book. And my thanks to the author Sonia Marsh for providing me a copy of this book to read and review for an honest opinion. Thanks Sonia.

To learn more about Ms. Marsh's book visit her at her website,  "Gutsy Living".


  1. This sounds really nice and I do agree, paradise is a state of mind. Nice review!

  2. Gigi Ann,

    I am so grateful for your review and for taking the time read my book, "Freeways to Flip-Flops." I'm sure many people realize that paradise is within yourself, but many people are still looking for paradise.

  3. Wonderful review! I love your new blog header.

  4. Great review! I might just have to check this book out too.

    Also head on over to my blog - you have been nominated for the Sunshine Blogger Award. =)