In my opinion...
I have just finished this book with a big smile on my face.
Having lived a similar life in the depths of rural France, I can confirm that Susie Kelly gets it totally right!
The characters she meets, the language misunderstandings, yes, she’s spot on.
I never had to live in quite such challenging circumstances housewise, but her relentless optimism is inspiring. I feel some of her animals were obviously related to mine, in their accurately observed antics eg they spend most of their time cultivating Houdini like plots and then grumpily wait for you to extricate them when they don’t work out!
Ultimately, it made me feel sad that I no longer live in France,nor am part of this wonderful lifestyle. Susie is an absolute inspiration in her kindness and integration with our French cousins. This should be recommended reading for everyone wanting to leave the European Union!
Thank you @blackbird_bks
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Susie and Terry dream of living in France. The dream comes true, but not in the way they had imagined.
Yes, the countryside is spacious and peaceful. On summer nights the stars skim the rooftops, the owls hoot and the nightingales sing. Sunflowers smile from their fields.
The wine is cheap and the baguettes are crusty. The French neighbours are generous and gentle.
But then come the drug addicts, builders who cannot build, demanding compatriots, undercover cops and unwelcome guests. Susie begins to lose hope of attracting the fabled French philanderer and, far from appreciating their new home, the animals do everything they can to make life as difficult as possible.
With her house literally crumbling around her, the number of odd characters Susie manages to attract are only matched by the assortment of creatures appearing from in and out of the woodwork. Terry almost dies, and Susie's resilience and good humour are tested to the limit.
A very cheerful 5 glasses- santé !!