I read this book with a mixed agenda of instruction and escape and found it stimulating and helpful. To me, other recently popular books overly glamorized re-location and retirement outside the US - unlikely and unsatisfying concepts (it seemingly requires enough coping skills within the familiar customs and conveniences of this country). More than a how-to book, the author's honest account of conquering retirement, re-location, house-buying and historic renovations, ongoing communication and partnering adventures (spousal, familial, friends, systems, and community) ends up conveying his journey and discovery of a real romantic life within a la` Santa Barbara. The book establishes the depth of the author's observations, intelligence, and consideration to all involved in the process, including the reader!! I hope there will be a sequel, perhaps Sunrise in Santa Barbara, and the author and his wife will host a party on the beach to which I will be invited! After reading this book, it somehow seems attainable.