In English

Diana Maria Voicu, Bucharest: “I guess I bought the book out of curiosity – after all, it is impossible to completely see yourself with an outsider’s eye, so it was tempting to have a glimpse of what an English woman has to say about us, from, literally, the heart of my country. And, yes, reading through it, I was not disappointed: a fresh, kind and balanced look at the more traditional Romanian life, its customs and way of living has rekindled my appreciation of what we still have here, in this country that we too often curse. Thank you, Arabella, for that, it is a valuable gift.

But the more surprising gift was the writer’s personal journey, the story of her brave sailing through life, her honesty about faults and suffering, joys and limitations, aging and dying, friends and childhood (you known, childhood – that happy time of our lives which leaves each of us scarred but also builds our character and strengths!).
So I found myself immersed into a dialogue with you, dear Arabella, about solitude, the energy that comes from living close to nature, the joy of being present to the sounds of the forest. Although I have not discovered Magura (or Pestera) through your book, your descriptions and stories, the details about neighbours and animals should rightfully qualify you for a contributor to the branding of the area. A real painter, if you like, in touch with the pure essence of things and beings.

I am looking forward to your next title and wishing that your beloved Magura and the life in Romania gives you the inspiration for many more books!”


Cricket GriEu am citit-o.E minunată, sinceră și caldă!I enjoyed every word of it! 💗 I simply love the way in which it is written, the fact that the words can make me actually SEE/FEEL your world, is just brilliant!
I genuinely adore every line of it! I love that you love animals and I also love the respect you show towards nature! Once again, it goes without saying, that what’s simple is true!
Congratulations on your work! I think it’s one of the best books I’ve read!
May your years be filled with inspiration to keep inspiring people! 🙂
Ps: can’t wait for your next work of art!

Sair Jay, Bucuresti: “Oscar adores your wonderful book Arabella McIntyre-Brown. He’s been reading it all the afternoon and purring up a storm. He says he particularly loves all the “nature stuff. Especially the birds…”

Andreea Bell, Cristian: “I’ve enjoyed every bit of it – I’ve appreciated both your humour and your self-irony or the finger pointed at various strange characters you’ve come across … I got carried away by the events you so candidly or vividly or magically depict.”

Andra Moraru, Bucharest: “The book is unlike anything I’ve read, full of emotion, in which the author puts her heart out for you, so it’s impossible not to be moved. And the language is so normal, alive, it’s like a friend whom you haven’t seen in a long time and it tells you what she’s done. Thank you Arabella McIntyre-Brown and Monica Mitarca.”

Cristina Tanef, Magura: “I was looking forward to your book ,I had already read some paragraphes and they caught my attention. So ,I didn’t waist any moment and I ordered it immediately .Today ,in the morning ,happy to have received it ,I poured myself a cup of coffee and I started reading it and I couldn’t put it down .I will finish it by tonight ! It made me nervous ,it made me amused ,I found myself in the description of the life in our beloved village in which we moved for its tranquility and isolation .I’m happy I found dear neighbours in your stories well written with love .The stories with cats made my day .There is only a hill between our houses ,so you owe me an autograph ! You are a beautiful ,sensitive person ,yet strong . My cats ,my dogs and I give you a big hug ! 😀😻🐈🌲🐾

Manuela Davis, Ploiesti: “Arabella, I had a ‘white’ night last night. I couldn’t take my hands off your book. It made me laugh, it made me cry or both at the same time. Regardless of what this country has been giving you, I am sure I speak on behalf of all of your Romanian friends when saying: “Thank you for what YOU give us.”

And here is some early feedback while I was writing the book:

“Aaaaaaaaah Arabella… it is WONDERFUL. Absolutely wonderful. Once again, I got to the end and said “bu**er” coz I’d run out of Arabella to read. … Honest, deeply sensitive, beautifully expressed. What a fabulous book this is. Absolutely fabulous.” — Sarah, Bucharest

“As usual, the quality of your writing is top-notch and I adore the naturalness of your use of metaphor: ‘longing for dreamless oblivion cradled in the city’s roar’, ‘I’m a molecule on the skin of the earth’ and your precise punctuation, which gives your writing such a lovely flow. … I have really enjoyed reading it and this evocative picture of lives lived in different places and times that have brought you to love the place you’re in now and the solitude you enjoy there.” — Julia, London

“Really, it’s wonderful – you’ve basically opened the door to a different way of seeing and understanding Romania – really important in this time of Brexit madness – you really have initiated a whole new genre – you’ve taken the tired ‘moved to Tuscany eating fruit etc’ and rejuvenated it with a whole new (and much edgier, richer and not really much visited/known) landscape, culture and way of living – WONDERFUL.” — Maryclare, London

“…fascinating, and it reads just as you talk, flows so naturally. … Your chapter on Ginny was painful to read,  powerful and compelling as the reader joins you every step of the way as you navigate the darkest of times.  I felt it all. … Likewise with the parrot!  My God, I would have been a lot ruder than you were!!  I was fascinated by your descriptions of your early life in Sussex.  It reminded me a bit of The Darling Buds of May, with all those orchards.  What a happy time, but what a loss when it ended.  I can’t wait for the book to come out in England. — Luiza, UK