Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Book Review: Married to Bhutan, by Linda Leaming

If you grew up in the United States, chances are that you’d find life in Bhutan quite a culture shock. With no fast food or traffic lights, and very primitive plumbing and heating, living in Bhutan would be an unthinkable adjustment for most Americans, at least for the long term. And yet Tennessee-born Linda Leaming has embraced the Bhutanese lifestyle. She even married a Buddhist artist and teacher and happily lives in his country most of the year. Among the beautiful mountain scenery and warm and peaceful people of Bhutan, she feels most like herself. Without the constant quest for more stuff that most Westerners strive for, she has found contentment and happiness.

Married to Bhutan: How One Woman Got Lost, Said “I Do,” and Found Bliss is Leaming’s beautiful story about finding Bhutan, finding her husband, and finding her true self. She doesn’t sugarcoat her struggles to adapt to the Bhutanese lifestyle and culture, but her great love for her adopted country and family shines through every page. She even describes her husband’s own culture shock when he visits the United States. He is fascinated by the ice maker in the refrigerator door and the built-in vacuum system in his in-laws’ home. But though they both relish their visits to America, they agree that home is where the heart is -- in Bhutan.

I was fascinated by every word of Married to Bhutan and would love to read more about Leaming’s life in this beautiful country, which I plan to do through the following links.

Website/Blog: www.marriedtobhutan.com
Twitter: www.twitter.com/lindaleaming
Facebook: www.facebook.com/people/Linda-Leaming/737874773

DISCLOSURE: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the Amazon Vine program in exchange for my honest review. The affiliate links in this post are my own through the Amazon Associates program.


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