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Reviewed by Nino Lobiladze for Readers' Favorite
Marty Ohlhaut, his wife, Joeline, and children Grace, Julie, Mollie, Max, and Angela, are going on the much-anticipated vacation to the Canadian Rockies. They plan to camp and enjoy the outdoors, as trips to the wild have been Marty's passion since a memorable Wild West trip with four buddies in 1972. This time, in 1994, the Ohlhauts realized that the excursion may be their last as the children are growing up and may not be interested in family vacations for much longer. Little did they know what this trip had in store for them. Bad omens, a warning from a priest, misfortune on their way, bears that followed them everywhere they went, and a severe accident involving a family member made Marty redefine his views and experience. Tent for Seven by Marty Ohlhaut with Grace Ly is a captivating story of a family trip to remember.
Tent for Seven is a factual account that reads like a breathtaking thriller. Marty Ohlhaut and Grace Ly did a great job entertaining readers with a humorous account of an ill-fated family vacation while providing food for thought. Tent for Seven is narrated from Marty's perspective. His hilarious description of the bear species and the heartfelt ode to Saskatoon pie (the recipe is included in the book) are truly unforgettable. The witty writing style shows Marty's unbeatable spirit in the face of challenges and his boundless love for his family. I liked the flashbacks to the Wild West trip compared to the family excursion with its different levels of responsibility. The authors created profound and interesting characters, like the Walshes, good Samaritans who helped the over-stressed family in a time of need, or loving portraits of Marty's beautiful wife, Joeline, and their mischievous children. Tent for Seven offers meaningful observations for those considering camping in the wild. I highly recommend this book to those who love travel and the outdoors, memoirs, and humorous prose.