First Comes Love, Then Comes Malaria is the story of a woman who searches for love, and finds adventure and a new career in the process. It is a memoir and a love story, but it’s also the story of a woman who finds her true calling after joining the Peace Corps and traveling to Ecuador and Uganda.
Eve Brown-Waite’s personality springs from every page of the book. She is the life of the party, and that friend that is always willing to go along with crazy schemes (and cooks up a few of her own). She makes friends easily, and becomes emotionally attached to those around her. She is always hardest on herself. She claims to be the one who whines and complains, but somehow that just makes her more sympathetic. She’s willing to take the blame, and doesn’t try to push it off on someone else who is making her miserable.
I was happy to see that Eve’s mom was included in the story as well. She is a loyal contributor to our comments section of the Debutante Ball, and our official “Deb Mom.” So it was fun to see her through Eve’s eyes in the book.
I really enjoyed seeing Eve transform into a writer in the book. The first two things a writer needs are space and time, and being a housewife in the third world (with lots of household help) gave Eve what she needed to write. It also gave her stories. Lots and lots of stories. Probably enough stories to fill a dozen books (we hope).
I never joined the Peace Corps, or hid from rebels, or taught AIDS education. But Eve has. And that makes her pretty darn adventurous and brave in my mind. Eve’s book made me want to volunteer more and try to do more good in the world. It did not, however, make me want to visit a war torn country or eat a termite, though. I think I’ll save my adventurous spirit for Eve’s further adventures. Keep ‘em coming, Eve!
And don’t forget to enter our contest this week in celebration of the launch of FIRST COMES LOVE, THEN COMES MALARIA! Everyone who comments this week will automatically be entered to win (one entry per person, but you can comment as often as you like.) At the end of the week one commenter will be chosen at random to win a signed copy of Eve’s book and a note from the rest of us.