This book was a super deal on Amazon and the concept intrigued me–quit your day job and buy a bar on a tropical island and let the zany adventures ensue. Cowley’s travelogue/escape memoir offers fun stories and interesting commentary on life as an expat as well as our forays into paradise as tourists. Cockroaches are supporting characters who seek refuge in every crack and cranny of Joe’s Tenerife bar.
Joe and his girlfriend, Joy, were hawking fish in a nondescript British town. When Joy returned from a vacation in Tenerife, one of the Canary Islands, with a scheme to borrow money from Joe’s stepfather, go into partnership with Joe’s brother, Dennis, and his girlfriend, Faith, Joe is first intrigued, and then alarmed at the idea of leaving his comfortable routine. Faith is reluctant and Joe counts on her to get him out of this without having to be the bad guy, but Faith is ultimately persuaded to give it a go, even when it requires a quickie marriage to Dennis in order to obtain a word visa. Joe and Joy evade the law, move to Tenerife, and put Joy to work without marrying. Ultimately, Faith loses faith in the dream and returns to the mainland. I would have liked to have heard more about how this all turned out for Dennis, but that plot line is not a major focus of Joe’s confessions. Getting to know the locals is, however, as is learning to navigate the rules of a growing bureaucracy flush with cash.
This is a fun read in terms of content, but is self-published and really needed further copy editing. I can overlook the occasional error (those are even showing up more regularly in work put out by respected publishing houses), but this eBook contains several plurals formed with apostrophe s and similar common errors. A paragraph about the author at the end of the work suggests Joe is working on further books. I would not mind hearing an update on the Tenerife bar’s adventures, but I do hope to see some of these basic errors removed in part two.