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Have Mother, Will Travel

A Mother and Daughter Discover Themselves, Each Other, and the World

by Claire & Mia Fontaine

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  • Patricia M. (Davidson, North Carolina)
    have mother, will travel by Claire and Mia Fontaine
    This is a beautifully written book. Interesting in that it is the same experience written by completely different views. Mother and daughter go on a 6 month trip in many foreign countries together and each write their impressions of events that occur. And in doing so realize that they really like each other and become very good friends. An achievement in itself because sometimes it is difficult to do especially between Mothers and Daughters. It is written by two accomplished writers and is very well done. I really enjoyed it very much.
  • Cynthia S. (Rensselaer, NY)
    Have Mother Will Travel
    Have Mother Will Travel is a great book for discussion. It would be perfect for Mother-Daughter Book Clubs. Claire and Mia Fontaine share their enviable adventures as they travel the world. Their relationship matures as they discover each other more fully. They peel back many years of challenges and arrive at a new awareness and appreciation of what is truly important. This book is a travelogue with much to reflect about our own mother and daughters. The visits to so many places was such fun. Bejing brought back memories I had with my son.
  • Christine U. (Davenport, IOWA)
    Laughed, cried and enjoyed this book!
    There were several things that drew me to this book; first my own mother is slipping away from me with a dreadful disease - Alzheimers. I am trying to make "peace" with the fact that there are so many things we were never able to do and now she doesn't even know who I am. I enjoyed this book on so many levels; the exploration of the mother/daughter relationship, making peace with one another despite many differences which existed between them, the clear descriptions of destination and experiences (hilarious at times- elephant eats passport) & as I thoroughly enjoy travel and never had the opportunity with my own mother to travel very much in US let alone to international destinations.
    I think this book would be interesting to anyone who is a daughter or a mother as well as anyone who has an interest in relationships and travel. Thank you for the opportunity to review this book. It was a good one. In fact, I ordered Mia's memoir "Come Back" as I enjoyed this read so much! Thank you!
  • Joan V. (Miller Place, NY)
    Very Oprahesque
    I started out feeling this book was THE best book I’d read all year, but had to drop down from a 5 to a 4 rating. It is really two books in one. The first part about the scavenger hunt was fantastic! Loved the descriptions of their travels; they saw places I’ll never get to see anyone would love this part.

    Then it ended without ever telling us how they finished up that part of the story (I still wonder how many points they earned). The second part was extremely introspective. At times I almost felt like I was intruding on someone’s diary, it was a bit uncomfortable, like eavesdropping.

    After awhile I wanted to edit out the word 'authentic.' There was too much personal information, especially on Claire’s part. I did love reading about mother/daughter relationships and this book does make you think a lot about your own life and decisions. The dual narrative flowed well and it was easy to follow.

    I think it would make for TERRIFIC book club discussions, and am definitely recommending it to friends. Even if you do not have children it is an interesting, thought provoking book, just needed a little more editing.
  • Lynn W. (Calabash, NC)
    mother, daughter and all that can happen
    As the mother of two daughters with whom I often travel, I could relate to a large part of this book. I will be traveling to China this fall with one of my daughters and this book has me thinking ahead of what could happen and what I hope doesn't happen. The two authors do a good job of expressing themselves in their individual segments. They have a real sense of what each other is experiencing and yet they are constantly learning so much about each other.
  • Valerie C. (Chico, CA)
    Entertaining start, then dwindles...
    This book was laugh out loud funny while the two traveled on a scavenger hunt. Their time in France, however, was as entertaining as watching someone eat french bread and drink coffee. It comes across as being "filler"; the first adventures were not enough for a full book, so they had a planned stay in France. This is where the book starts to drag. I think I was suppose to be engrossed at the mother-daughter relationship musings, but it fell far short of entertainment and I did not finish the book. Great start, lackluster middle and finish.
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