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My Good Life in France: In Pursuit of the Rural Dream Kindle Edition
One grey dismal day, Janine Marsh was on a trip to northern France to pick up some cheap wine. She returned to England a few hours later having put in an offer on a rundown old barn in the rural Seven Valleys area of Pas de Calais. This was not something she'd expected or planned for.
Janine eventually gave up her job in London to move with her husband to live the good life in France. Or so she hoped. While getting to grips with the locals and la vie Française, and renovating her dilapidated new house, a building lacking the comforts of mains drainage, heating or proper rooms, and with little money and less of a clue, she started to realize there was lot more to her new home than she could ever have imagined.Ten years ago, Janine Marsh decided to leave her corporate life behind to fix up a run-down barn in northern France. This is the true story of her rollercoaster ride, in many ways a love story, with her sharp observations on the very different way of life, culture and etiquette of France.
From her early struggles and homesickness through personal tragedy, to her attempts to become self-sufficient and to breed 'the fattest chickens in the village', Janine learned that there was more to her new home than she could ever have imagined.
About the Author
Esther Wane is a British actor and voice-over artist who has narrated audiobooks in a variety of genres, including memoir, politics, romantic fiction, and children's literature. She has a lifelong passion for literature and can often be found browsing bookshops at any spare moment. --This text refers to the audioCD edition.
- ASIN : B06XT53MFQ
- Publisher : Michael O'Mara (4 May 2017)
- Language : English
- File size : 3465 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 257 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 42,979 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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They better perhaps typify what good neighbours look like
States the point that a brief sniff from ones Labrador and a vague poke with a white stick isn’t always enough to determine the “value” of a house. Yet a home is what you make it and farms that run mostly dogs and cats aren’t generally the most productive but can be the happiest
It probably makes the point that it is easy to fix a house up if you have nothing but free time for a year or so, and marry a builder..
Another triumph for the French real estate industry ie selling a dream that ultimately probably morphed into a dwelling
Vive la France,
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The surprising success of her web-site has lead to numerous friendships and this book. An enjoyable taste of France.
I loved the initial serendipity of 'just by chance', leaving the port area and just happening to look in an estate agents window. How often have I done that? - - and then actually going for it - the dream. Up sticks and move. Wonderful. And what a menagerie was collected - my goodness!
I loved this book for the ways it portrays the quirkinesses of the French- which are hugely amusing and which reflect my experiences and views - really entertaining. Love people watching in France. So free, confident, unrestrained..
It is well written, a lovely read, entertaining, sad,, realistic, interesting and showing that if you make the effort to join in, to assimilate even to a degree, the French can be so warm, generous beyond words, charming, irritating, amusing and most adorable people.
This book , in my view, showed all of that - but then, as I said, I am a Francophile and totally biased. I do hope that there will be some sort of sequel, perhaps with a photo or two.
Here we follow Janine and Mark through the renovation process which, they carried out on weekend trips over to France and involved a lot of hard work and determination. At the top of her career, Janine eventually decided to give up her job in London and move with her husband to live the good life in France. With little money they decided to do as much of the renovations as they could themselves, no mains drains, electricity, proper rooms, and, even less of a clue how to go about it, they knuckled down to lots of hard, back-breaking work. There are lots of tears and laughter along the way and quite a menagerie of dogs, cats, ducks, chickens, and geese were collected.
This book follows them through the good, the bad, the hard, and the amusing times, it portrays the quirkinesses of the French, who can be hugely amusing and it was really entertaining. I look forward to reading the follow on. Thank you, Janine.
Be warned; even though Janine is frank and shares so many personal stories of woe and horror (all with her endless good humour)... you will read so much between the lines and want to move to France immediately. Or at the very least, book a holiday here. Well, you can't say we didn't warn you...