Ms. Heiman writes with such warmth and familiarity, it’s effortless to fall under her charmed spell. You find yourself galloping along on her soul journey of exploration, trials and treasure with and without her beloved Philip. The nuance in relating to the world around her and her lover is described exquisitely and leaves you with a more opened heart and a humbling sense of “how can I be more?” but without judgement. The adventures they experienced in so many lands and the constant seeking of home/place was both heartwarming and heart wrenching for anyone who has experienced being an expat and traveler. Joan’s articulated insight, depth and profound love turn this memoir of her marriage to Philip into a breathtaking guide into one’s ubiquitous doubt demons and the potential peace and quiet celebration time affords us, on the other side of grief.