What I’ll be reading on my trip to California

I just may be able to get a few minutes to put my nose in a new book while on the plane ride to California, if I am lucky.  But if not, my husband and I are taking advantage of having family to watch the kids, and escaping on a mini getaway. We’re heading up the California coast on a train to Santa Barbara, where we’ll relax, go wine tasting and SLEEP IN! I am so excited! So, during that long 5 hour train ride, I hope I can start, and most likely finish, a book I received to review, ‘Halfway to Each Other: How a year in Italy brought our family closer.’

When I received an email from the publicist for the book, she instantly had me with her salutation… “Buon Giorno Sarah,”

Then I read the snippet telling me what the book was about, I immediately wanted to read it.  I studied in Italy and love all things Italian or having to do with Italia.  Add the romanticism of moving abroad (or say, to Hawaii??) to find inner piece and connection with your family and well, I was sold. 

51Wmxf8aCCL._SS500_Read more to find out what it’s all about…

The true story of a California couple on the brink of separation, who unexpectedly find love again on the Italian Riviera.

Tired of each other and completely disillusioned with married life, Susan and Tim Pohlman are wrapping up a business trip in Italy.  They have just one day left to spend together with no agenda before they go home to California, to start divorce proceedings and finally move onto separate lives.

But during their last day as they walked along the Italian Riviera, Tim fantasized aloud that, perhaps, they could live there.  Susan initially dismissed the notion as nonsense, but found herself inexplicably overwhelmed with a desire to give the marriage another try. Defying all logic, the couple found a school for their children and signed a lease for an apartment.  Their therapist called it “an elaborate scheme of avoidance at best.”

But maybe, Susan thought, a life in such a charmed setting could help them find their way back to each other.  

“Halfway to Each Other” is the remarkable true story of a family who traded their breakneck Los Angeles pace for a slower, relaxed life, and in the process, found abundant room for adventure and love.  This is a book to be savored as you dream of unplugging the telephone, television and computer, and instead, spending time with your family…be it cooking, playing, even riding on the back of a Vespa.”

Doesn’t it sound good?

I’ll have to let you know how it is. I’ve read some awesome reviews online and I can’t wait to tear into it this next week!

You can buy the book now on Amazon or at Barnes and Noble and find out more about the author,  Susan Pholman at her site.


  1. Oh cool Staci, so glad to hear that! It sounds really good!

  2. I really enjoyed this book! (Just read it a few weeks ago) Hope you do too & that you have a wonderful getaway!
    .-= Staci A´s last blog ..Small Talk Six: Falling in love with fall =-.

  3. Thanks Ladies!

    Sandy, we’ll have to compare notes after we’re done…like a mini book club! Keep me posted how you like it!

  4. I just ordered this thanks to you… sounds very good. Have a very romantic and awesome vacation!

  5. Sarah , that sounds like a great book and inspirational too. I hope you have time to read in when you are on your holiday , and how great is it that your family is going to watch the kids so you and hubby can have a little get away ! Awesome
    Have a great Sunday !
    .-= LISA´s last blog ..A Long Sunday Stealing =-.

Leave a Comment