In 1922, a 16-year old Canadian girl, fed up with life in a French convent school, answered an ad for a travelling secretary. She landed the job. Her assignment was to become the first woman to drive around the world.
It was a foolhardy undertaking, considering that cars were alien to much of the world, and drivable roads were scarce. She and her mentor (Ralph) who later became her husband accomplished the task after enduring many hardships and adventures with their custom-made and modified Ford cars.
The authors draft a detailed narrative from an impressive number of sources, including her detailed diary, newspapers, archival material, and interviews. Their research is complemented by a bevy of pictures, mainly from her diary.
The story starts in Europe, and continues to progress to the Middle East, India, China, Japan, and U S A. Later Aloha travels to South America to explore rainforests and native peoples.
The narrative flows well, so well that you will be compelled to turn page after page to learn what happens next.
You will learn, that even today, travelling less developed regions there are many natural and bureaucratic hurdles you likely encounter. Travelling in uncharted regions requires two, even three plans. When the first fails, you can switch to number two, and if necessary to number three. It also requires determination and ingenuity, for otherwise failure will result.
You will also learn how humans can help unselfishly if and when approached with genuine respect.
This is an excellent book for anyone who likes to read captivating stories, or ventures out on adventurous travels and exploring exotic places.