This book is her hilarious memoir of all that invariably does go wrong. From flooded basements, to busybody mayors and the famous French bureaucracy, it's all there. --U Magazine
If your job has gone from under you and the emigration boat is calling, this is a warming book to read -- showing that there are other realities and kinder places. --Lucille Redmond, Evening Herald
She spins a good yarn ... it is all well told and amusing although there is a serious story underneath it all --Books Ireland
As a manual for the would-be emigrant to la belle France, you could hardly find better. And for the many who dream of it, but know they are never likely to be able to do it, this is the ideal generator of dreams. Highly recommended. --Tuam Herald
It was when she realised she was spending twelve hours a week and five thousand euro a year commuting to work that Liz Ryan began to question how great life in boom-time Ireland really was and reached a decision the day an enraged biker hurled a helmet at her windscreen. So she quit her job, sold her house and moved to a remote hamlet in coastal Normandy. Thus begins her French adventure, in which she gets picked up by the police, discovers the mixed pleasures of French homeownership flooded basements, grim neighbours, surreal phone companies, busybody mayors and embraces the challenges of creating a new life in a new country. Liz hilariously charts her gradual immersion into village life, the setbacks and the joys, the local political intrigue, the Gallic shrug and that famous French bureaucracy and paradoxical French attitudes to food, politics, sport, dating, and shopping on the grand scale. But like any expat, even as she revels in new pleasures she also experiences the tug-of-war between fresh fields and the place of one’s birth, the craic, the humour and the warm embrace of lifelong friends.