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Bon Courage: A French Renovation in Rural Limousin.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 7 October 2013
As we are in the process of purchasing a property in the Limousin reagion I was curious to read this book and find out what it is really like. This is an entertaining read while also being educational about life in the rural villages and the various rules and regulations. All round a great read.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 18 December 2014
Having lived in rural Limousin it brought back memories of our time there. The slow pace of change, the inquisitive neighbours, the tiny parcels of land and the red tape, all wrapped up in this true to life, very readable book. If you are thinking of moving to France, do read this, it highlights the highs, lows and frustrations of restoring a building in the countryside. Above all, don't be put off, we loved every minute and the way of life.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 4 September 2014
Not a favourite read although I did enjoy some aspects of the story line. If you are a guy then you might enjoy the book more with it's technical jargon on building techniques. Al was some sort of enigma not really there for most of the time in the story, bit disappointing from a female point of view. A bit chewy glad when it came to an end.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 25 October 2014
detailed down to earth reflection on life in rural France. An excellent read having contemplated for some years our like for rural France and its idiosyncratic ways we will again explore Limoges area for a potential move. Thank you
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 9 August 2014
Enjoyed this book very much, but a little irked by some of the unfinished story lines, i.e. who exposed the well, how did he stop the farmer letting his cows destroy his field and others.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 16 May 2015
I really did not like the author's style of writing. Interesting content but WAY too convoluted in his minute description of every little thing. Found it so difficult to get through.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 31 January 2014
I love this genre and this book definitely came up to my expectations. I really loved reading it and couldn't wait to pick it up again to follow their progress with build and the infamous French bureaucracy.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Richard and his wife Al want to put down some roots in France and fall in love with a large barn in the Limousin that comes with enough land to fulfil Richard’s dream of owning llamas, as well as plenty of renovation work to keep them busy, once they have evicted the rats. This is a gently paced, enjoyable memoir written in a friendly style with a great mix of renovation tales from the good and the bad, to the tricky and the leaky. Richard has been writing about home renovations and DIY projects for many years and is also the author of Dictionary of French Building Terms so he was quite detailed when describing the work they were carrying out. This makes the memoir useful and informative as well as entertaining.

As they settle into their rural French renovation, family issues in the UK slightly shadow the excitement, but their relationship came across as strong, fun and able to withstand the pressures of working, renovating and living apart for long periods of time. We learn alongside them about some of the local fêtes and traditions and we meet the characters who welcome them, hear about the disputes in the hamlet and the generosity they find, including the odd shaped vegetables that appear at their front door.

This is the first of two books and sets the scene nicely with just enough tasters as to where they wanted their French life to go. It left me ready to read more, so I jumped straight into Bon Chance!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 2 August 2014
Enjoyed reading this book, although at times felt that there was just too much on the various problems Rich and his wife encountered along the way.

I suppose this is all true, I admire their determination to stick it out in all the mud, cold and rubbish lying around. I was however very upset with the frequent reference to how the animals were treated by neighbouring farmers, this I have to say did spoil the story a tiny bit for me. However, apart from that a great read, I love France and live part time in the Herault area on the outskirts of a little village.
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on 3 August 2015
A well written account of one mans batttle with french bureaucracy,weather,french farmer's and the local wildlife in search of an idyllic life in rural France. The personal accounts both made me smile and wince with embarrassment if you like these type of stories you wont go wrong with this....
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