Urbanna author and longtime Southside Sentinel columnist Mary Wakefield Buxton has published her 15th book, “On the Toad Again: Travel Tales Told for Those That Would Rather Stay Home.”
The book is a sequel to “Tripping: A Writer’s Adventures,” which was published in 2019. Both comedic novels decry the many miseries of modern-day travel, as her husband takes her off to faraway places when she would rather stay home “with a cup of tea, a good book and a favorite dog.”
The comedy begins in 1963 when at 21, Buxton traveling on a “Grand Tour” alone through Europe finds herself fending off the amorous advances of overly romantic “Continentals” before finally meeting up with an American in Naples, Italy (now her husband), who was serving on a U.S. Naval ship in the Mediterranean.
Thinking at last she was safe with “a Naval officer and gentleman,” she falls in love and marries him. The book celebrates comedy between “two opposites” that not only attracted each other but stayed toget...
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