She found love, a ready-made family and - despite being shot in a bungled robbery - a desire to help the Dominican people, many living in abject poverty. She supported her husband as he ran for political office and with Lindsay by his side they were a formidable team.
As the campaign gathered momentum, they learnt the hard way what happens when you oppose those in power. Fighting corruption, double-dealing and with their lives at risk, they were forced into hiding.
Their incredible story is stranger than fiction and twice as menacing. The dark underbelly of the Dominican Republic is exposed, from the tourist beaches to the soaring mountains of the interior. Lindsay tells it how it is, but in the telling her deep love for the Dominican Republic, its culture and its people shines through.
"What About Your Saucepans? is not only essential reading for anyone moving to the Dominican Republic, it's also a damn good read. Lindsay de Feliz's fight against political corruption, being shot and almost losing everything is one of the most inspiring expat stories I have ever read."
Jamie Morris, Founder, ExpatFocus.com
"Despite the incredible setbacks she has faced, Lindsay's love and loyalty for her adopted country radiate through this entertaining chronicle of her eventful life in the DR."
Ilana Benady, co-author, Expat FAQs: Moving to and Living in the Dominican Republic (Summertime Publishing 2011)
"Lindsay's adventures in the DR will shock and amuse in equal measure, and her vast knowledge of the country makes this a hugely entertaining memoir."
Shelley Antscherl, Book reviewer, Dutchnews.nl
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Once I started reading this book I was caught, hook, line and sinker.Telling you it's a page-turner doesn't do it justice. The author takes us from her privileged British world, where she had a high-powered job in England with all the accoutrements, to where she gave it all up and followed her dream to the Dominican Republic. There she found love, lies, treachery, attempted murder and a rollercoaster ride through corrupt Dominican politics. It's in a class by itself, this is no tour guide and no 'how to do DR' book. It is a non-fiction account of the events in her life over the past decade. I was unable to put it down and go to bed. It's also an unvarnished insider's view of Dominican politics, the down and dirty underside of what goes on during elections. It's also an succinct portrait of Dominican life, culture and family, one that most expats will never experience. I heartily recommend this book!
Riveting Expat Memoir with a Sting in the Tail Readers will recognize the familiar elements of a good expat memoir - the triumphant sense of liberation at escaping from the greyness and cold rat race to the warm, slow-paced tropical idyll, the baffling experience of culture shock, the author's perceptive and witty observations about her adopted country's quirks as well as a good dose of self-deprecating humour when recounting her initial misadventures and misunderstandings as a `gringa' in a strange land. The sting in the tail in What About Your Saucepans? is that unlike the expats we've read about in Tuscany and Provence, Lindsay's dream-come-true suddenly turns very sour: not just once but twice. In both cases, in very different ways, the sequence of events is truly nightmarish in that every time it seems as if things are finally getting resolved, another unforeseen and unbelievable complication arises. And in contrast with what one would imagine most people doing in her situation, Lindsay doesn't seriously consider the option of upping sticks and leaving for the safety, predictability and comfort of her home country. She was determined to stick it out and that's what makes the reading so absolutely riveting. Lindsay endured the most incredible adversities with zero self-pity and happily is with us to tell the tale. In fact, the writing of the book is what has helped her make sense of it all. Although it's clear that her love and respect for her adopted country hardly wavered in the process, she never particularly idealises the Dominican Republic nor is she sentimental about its people - she acknowledges and understands the complexities of poverty, injustice, corruption and their consequences, as someone who has had to tackle them head-on. At times, readers will shake their heads at the frustrations and laugh at some of the absurd situations and statements the author recounts. But more than anything they will marvel at Lindsay's remarkable resilience and positive spirit. I wholeheartedly recommend this book.