Review: The Yellow Envelope by Kim Dinan

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Title: The Yellow Envelope
Author: Kim Dinan
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Publication Date: April 1, 2017
Netgalley Description: 
After Kim and her husband decide to quit their jobs to travel around the world, they’re given a yellow envelope containing a check and instructions to give the money away. The only three rules for the envelope: Don’t overthink it; share your experiences; don’t feel pressured to give it all away. Through Ecuador, Peru, Nepal, and beyond, Kim and Brian face obstacles, including major challenges to their relationship. As she distributes the gift to people she encounters along the way she learns that money does not have a thing to do with the capacity to give, but that giving—of ourselves—is transformational.

My Review:
I received an email from Kim Dinan at the beginning of the month about her travel memoir and thought #1: hmmm, this sounds interesting and #2: I would love to do something like this. The memoir is not focused only on the "ups" of Kim's travels, she invites the reader right in and holds nothing back about her feelings. She is raw in her emotions and her stream of consciousness writing was very relatable to me and how my thoughts wander in situations as well. Even though Kim and her husband sell all their belongings and travel the world, they're still a married couple and that means there are always issues/problems. It was lovely to read about a woman who was working on "finding herself" both individually and as a half of a partnership. While the "yellow envelope money" guides the story, I found the story of Kim's personal growth the storyline I most identified with. If you loved Wild and Eat, Pray, Love, and Pay It Forward, this is the book for you!

About the Author:
Kim Dinan is a freelance writers and blogger, whose travel blog, So Many Places, receives over 200,000 unique visitors per year and was selected by USA Today as one of the 2014 Best Hiking and Outdoor Travel blogs. Her writing has appeared in OnTrak Magazine and Northwest Travel Magazine, among others, and she was on a speaking tour for Backpacker Magazine. 

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***Disclaimer:: I was given a copy of this release in exchange for an honest review. I received no additional compensation. ***


Judy Krueger said…
Sounds like a good one!
Lizzie Harwood said…
Sounds fantastic, thanks, Rhiannon!
It was a feel good read that really stuck with me, Judy.
I hope you love it. I also think it is a great book to gift to friends, Lizzie.