Where the Wind Wills

An Adventure Driven Travel Memoir

Non-Fiction - Memoir
353 Pages
Reviewed on 06/01/2023
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Reviewed by Foluso Falaye for Readers' Favorite

Where the Wind Wills by D. Flower takes readers on an adventure-packed, culture-rich trip to different remote locations, far away from Western shores. She relates her desire to find solace and meet people still in touch with their ancient culture after experiencing fatigue from her duties as a park ranger and recovering from breaking up from a three-year relationship. D. Flower's trip is brimming with adventure, from honoring an invite to document a Samburu Circumcision Ceremony in Kenya to climbing 9000 feet while heading to the Dudh Koshi River and stopping at the miniature Buddhist temples known as stupas in Nepal. Additionally, Where the Wind Wills follows D. Flower's love life and her career as a park ranger as she explores different locations and builds memorable connections that make every departure a struggle. Prepare for a worthwhile and deeply eye-opening adventure!

I loved that Where the Wind Wills made me aware of several surprising cultural practices in intricate detail, such as branding babies on the cheeks in the Maasai tribes. Additionally, it contains various poetic words that beautify the author's story. Flower generously writes about her flaws, challenges, and intimate moments, making it easy to understand her mindsets in different situations. Overall, I enjoyed reading the book but wished to read more about the author's experience in some locations. Flower's intriguing mix of picturesque, adventure-filled stories and deep, introspective reflections will be enjoyed by travel enthusiasts and adventure seekers, especially people interested in learning more about non-Western cultures from the perspective of a keen-eyed American. Once you complete the book, you will be eager to travel and make friends around the world yourself.