Waterfalls of Stars by Rosanne Alexander. Published by Impress

Rosanne Alexander knew her boyfriend, Mike was passionate about Skomer Island, a wild nature reserve off the coast of Wales. He’s volunteered there as a child and later as a young adult, and his dream has always to become the warden. Neither Rosanne or Mike think he has a chance in getting the position when it opens up, but Mike applies anyway and to his delight (and Rosanne’s shock), he’s hired for the post. Thus begins a ten-year odyssey with the couple, now married (it’s required for Mike to take the job) living on remote Skomer Island, often entirely alone, sometimes with little food when weather makes travel to the mainland impossible. The rough living has its compensations with the abundance of wildlife – seals, puffins and more, and the solitude. At times I envied Alexander and at times I thought she was mad, but I thoroughly enjoyed reading this memoir of bravery, hilarity and downright stubbornness. Alexander is a poetic, evocative writer who’s made me want to live on her beloved island

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