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on Aug. 20, 2010 :
Praise God for this book. It's not a proper fit for any genre but its own. In the strictest sense, it's both plotless and themeless. I can't imagine a conventional print-publishing house taking a chance on it. But in its episodic, gently madcap way, it overflows with life, love, and laughter.
Tim and Carrie Melrose are your average middle-aged British married couple, near enough. Ashiestiel Green is your average Scottish village. The people who live there are probably as typical as typical gets for their setting and their interactions. But I defy anyone to read "A Click Away From Chaos" without wearing a huge grin throughout and bursting into full-throated, affectionate laughter at the least predictable moments.
England in our time would seem a place of no promise and a bleak future. We hear innumerable stories of its travails, and few of its triumphs. The Sceptered Isle has definitely seen better days. But to read of the trials and pleasures of Tim's freelance-trainer working life, of the wife and dogs he loves and the village he alternately enjoys and endures -- the dreaded you've-been-volunteered episodes of "community involvement," including the "climactic" Easter Fete, are worth the price of admission all by themselves -- is a refreshment for heart and soul. It provides the sort of experience that causes one to recommend the book to all one's friends, saying, "No, I can't describe it -- I can't tell you what it's about -- it isn't really about anything -- but I promise you'll love it."
(reviewed within a month of purchase)