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May 17, 2014

I GUESS WE MISSED THE BOAT: A Travel Memoir by Barry Finlay


A Travel Memoir
Barry Finley

Product Details
  • Paperback: 186 pages
  • Publisher: General Store Publishing House;
  •  First edition (October 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1771230479
  • ISBN-13: 978-1771230476

(from Amazon)
Eight diverse characters, related by marriage and often travelling together, visit multiple locales across the globe by every means of transportation. The hilarious stories that arise in this romp around the world feature amateur mind control, mirrored hotel room walls, a 1957 Chevy with holes in the floor, an explosion of ladies’ lingerie, sketchy starfish, topless beaches, Bo Derek's doppelgänger, synchronized pill popping, psychological bar fights, thieving baboons, and sexy giraffes. And the humour is perfectly balanced by Barry Finlay’s philanthropic heart, which beats strong through each journey.

I Guess We Missed The Boat! opens with a meeting in a hotel room in Miami, Florida. When eight intrepid travelers, brought together by marriage and with retirement in common, sit reminiscing about their travel experiences, the memory banks open and humorous events start to spill out. Cowboy Ron, Ed the Negotiator, Joke-a Minute Jim and Practical Carol are part of the motley crew comprising the author's contingent of six in-laws. Each, at one time or another, has a role to play in the hilarious events that occur on their travels. Meanwhile, Short Brenda points the video camera everywhere but at the intended target and Nurse Linda washes down cigarette smoke with coffee after coffee. Skiing mishaps, overweight suitcases, malfunctioning airplanes and a near fistfight on a cruise ship on the azure seas of the Caribbean are all part of the fun. A poison dart frog in Costa Rica, causing a security scan machine........ I'll leave it at that and you can read more for yourself.


Traveling with this family would have been a blast.  When you travel with Finlay, there would be no other way to go. The book has you relating to events that have taken place during your own travels and laughing along with Finlay's.
The book is divided into three different modes of travel, vehicle, boat and plane.  I related more to the traveling by vehicle.  The diversities of eight different people, all related was unimaginable.  I think maybe the young at heart would really enjoy this book.  You tend to find things funnier as you get older.  Youngsters somehow don't find the humor in things since they don't figure they're going to age that much.  I found it rather heart warming with the sharing of memories of the group.
The group, being from Canada are doing their raveling in the U..S. I found it amusing about their reactions to "celebrities".  Finlay was quite that excited since he had probably seen them over and over again.  I wonder if some of thee stories the members of the group told were a little "made up".  You know how it is when you're telling stories.  You have to top the last one told. 
Now Evelyn and I would have gotten along well.  Evelyn was Finlay's wife.  Her interest in castles would have been right up my alley.  The one she sees was in Portugal.  Oh how I wish.
I guess I will leave the rest to you to enjoy and discover as you travel with Finley.   So many places to visit and compare stores. The book will have you laughing at times until you are crying.
If you don't or can't travel, don't fret.  Pick up the book and travel with Finlay and his group and have the time of your life.  It's almost like being there in person. I loved traveling with Finlay and crew. Hope you do too.

I was given a complimentary copy of I GUESS WE MISSED THE BOAT by Barry Finlay for my honest opinion.   No other compensation took place.

I would give this book 5 GRINS.



Barry FinlayBarry Finlay had an extensive career in financial management before retiring in 2004, after thirty two years with the Canadian federal government. He is a Chartered Accountant (CA) and Certified Management Accountant (CMA) who dabbles in the arts as he is also an award winning decorative wood carver. Since retiring, he has divided his time between writing, working as a consultant on financial policy matters, travel, playing golf, climbing mountains, philanthropy and enjoying his three grandchildren.

In 2009, Barry got off the couch and climbed Mount Kilimanjaro with his son, Chris. They carried a Canadian flag to the peak with the names of over 200 supporters who donated to the Finlays' cause of providing clean water and educational opportunities to a preschool and primary school. The experience of climbing Africa's highest mountain at age 60 with one of his sons, and discovering the satisfaction of reaching a goal and giving others the opportunity to achieve theirs, was a book waiting to be written. Kilimanjaro and Beyond has won numerous awards and Barry is featured in the Authors Show book, "50 Great Writers You Should Be Reading."

His new book, I Guess We Missed The Boat just received the 2013/14 Reader Views Literary Award in the Travel category.

Barry is a recipient of the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee medal for philanthropy.

A portion of the proceeds from the books will go towards helping young women and youth in Africa start small businesses.

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