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Tout Soul: The Pursuit of Happiness in Rural France [Kindle Edition]

Karen Wheeler
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (109 customer reviews)

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...[A]'thought-provoking...Gallic page-turner.' --The Daily Mail

'...some of the sad bits made me cry, but the overall theme of the book is one of love, joy and appreciation of the important things in life. Like friendship, kindness, an adorable dog, a stunning, sunflower-filled landscape and the odd glass or two of champagne.' --Emma Lee-Potter, www.housewithnoname.blogspot.com

'This book was an absolute delight to read, with a wonderful mix of descriptions (both of characters and of the scenery) and proper plot. It reads like a well written novel and yet it is more or less the truth of how this period of Karen's life panned out which makes it even more special.' --Zoe Page, www.thebookbag.co.uk

'Emotional and moving, Tout Soul is written from the heart, so keep the tissues close to hand.' --Vicky Leigh, Living France magazine



'Karen Wheeler weaves a good story with great atmosphere. You will laugh, then cry and then say "aah". A very true experience of life in rural France.' --Sandie George, Living magazine.

'The tone of writing is instantly engaging; from page one you are already on-side and racing through the chapters. However, while her journey is chaotic and funny, it does carry deep messages about how life rarely goes to plan. I suggest you buy the lot because once you've read one [of Wheeler's books] you will want to read them all.' --www.britishbeautyblogger.com

'Karen Wheeler weaves a good story with great atmosphere. You will laugh, then cry and then say "aah". A very true experience of life in rural France.' --Sandie George, Living magazine.

'The tone of writing is instantly engaging; from page one you are already on-side and racing through the chapters. However, while her journey is chaotic and funny, it does carry deep messages about how life rarely goes to plan. I suggest you buy the lot because once you've read one [of Wheeler's books] you will want to read them all.' --www.britishbeautyblogger.com

'Karen Wheeler weaves a good story with great atmosphere. You will laugh, then cry and then say "aah". A very true experience of life in rural France.' --Sandie George, Living magazine.

'The tone of writing is instantly engaging; from page one you are already on-side and racing through the chapters. However, while her journey is chaotic and funny, it does carry deep messages about how life rarely goes to plan. I suggest you buy the lot because once you've read one [of Wheeler's books] you will want to read them all.' --www.britishbeautyblogger.com

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A French Memoir. Having quit her fast-paced life as a fashion editor in London for a new life in France, Karen appears to have it all: a cute dog, a charismatic Portuguese
boyfriend and a quirky collection of French and expat friends. But then she makes a discovery that changes everything.

In the year that follows, she decides to cure heartbreak by seeking happiness in small things. But nothing could have prepared her for the tragedy to come...

Tout Soul will make you laugh and make you cry in equal measure.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 624 KB
  • Print Length: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Sweet Pea Publishing (24 Sep 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007D0AT1K
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (109 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #68,010 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Karen Wheeler is an award-winning fashion and beauty journalist and former newspaper Fashion Editor. She studied Modern History at Kings College, London University and worked briefly at Sotheby's art auctioneers before embarking on a career in fashion journalism.

During her career she has interviewed many of fashion's top names including Tom Ford, Karl Lagerfeld, Giorgio Armani and Calvin Klein. Her work has appeared in the Financial Times, the Mail on Sunday, the Daily Mail and Sunday Times Style.

She has written three books about her life in France and is currently working on a fourth in the series.

She is also the author of 'The Marie Antoinette Diet: Eat Cake and Still Lose Weight', a recipe for weight loss based on the dieting secrets of French women through the ages. Released as an e-book in June 2013, it will be published as a print book in the UK in January 2014.

More information can be found on her blog, www.toutsweet.net and at www.karenwheeler.co.uk. You can also follow her on Twitter: @mimipompom1

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Smiles, laughs and...tears... 4 Mar 2012
By Ann Fairweather TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Kindle Edition
After a long interlude, I was delighted to resume reading about Karen's adventures in her village. In this third volume, aptly named 'Tout Soul' Karen here bares her soul indeed with her typical candid, honest, and endearing manner. If Tout Sweet and Toute Allure were trepidant with joy and fun, there is in this one a much darker tone. As Biff, the little cheerful black dog trutts his way along Karen's side, there is also on another level, a much sadder 'black dog' shadowing Karen's whole world and soul...Yet for all the hard stuff coming up at her, you have to marvel at Karen's resilience and spirit in face of life 's cruel turn...Never losing her keen eye for people's funny aspects of character, most of the book is an absolute delight of highly amusing observations and happenings...But alas, even in a peaceful and lovely french village, tragedy beckons and the second half of the book cannot easily be read without a tissue at hand...After a desperate struggle to find happiness in the midst of loss and grief, Karen manages to gives us an uplifting, beautiful conclusion...In the harsh world of today, no doubt that readers will connect with her efforts and take comfort in her new found peace of mind...
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good title for excellent book 20 Mar 2012
Format:Paperback
I live in the Poitou-Charentes area and have to say I normally steer away from books that say "I moved to France and....." However, Karen Wheeler's books are far more along the lines of 'A Year in Provence' - and that is meant to be a compliment.
I enjoyed her previous books, but think this is the best one so far. It is not necessary to read the previous books as they are all stand-alone, combining 90% fact with 10% fiction, thus protecting the names of the actual people and villages involved.
The sub-title is "The Pursuit of Happiness in Rural France" and there is a lot of soul-searching throughout the book, mainly due to hearing untrue gossip about loved ones and loss of trust in a friend who lets her down.
However, she weaves a good story with great atmosphere and you can imagine the clatter and noise in the Cafe du Commerce where villagers gather for morning coffee to put the world to rights. We follow her unfortunate love story with Luis throughout the book, but she has lovely characterisations of Delphine, the Mayor of a nearby village, and Magda, the ebullient Portuguese cleaner. One character who remains stable and lovable is Biff, Karen Wheeler's black dog - read about how she 'acquired' him in her previous book "Tout Allure".
I agree with other reviewers - this book will make you laugh, then cry and then say "aaaah". A very true experience of life in rural France so if you want to move here, read this book!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finished all too quickly... 22 Mar 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Just finished reading Tout Soul. Fabulous, funny and heartbreakingly sad.
So many emotions in one book.
We were on the table next to you on NYE when Biff made a dash for the food.
Then reading about L'Ecurie, which incidentally we thought was OUR discovery, I felt as though
I was reading parts of my diary lol

Can't wait for the next one of your adventures with Biff - the Leader of
the Pack :)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tout a 'fate' 23 May 2012
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Karen Wheeler bruised my heart with this beautifully written, poignant, brutally honest book, which illustrates the triumph of the human spirit with much more clarity than many books written for this specific purpose. I feel humbled in the face of Karen's courage and capacity for love and forgiveness - and she still managed to make me laugh out loud and transport me out of the grimy city into the blue skies and golden fields of Poitou Charente. When a writer can not only make you laugh and make you cry, but also thouroughly entertain you and make you take a step back and think, this is a true gift. 'Tout Soul' deserves to be right up there in the 'Best Seller' list. Like all Karen's readers, I'm waiting for 'Tout Four'
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not soppy 4 Jan 2013
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I was very suspicious of this book to start with as I am allergic to 'chick lit' and deliberately chose only to read the last one in the series as it looked the least 'gushing' from the reviews. I did really enjoy it and appreciated the serious side of the book as well as the earlier comedy. I have always fantasised about living in France so it was a nice indulgence for me. Read it on my kindle to avoid having to expose my proclivities to my husband, but ended up telling him about it as I enjoyed it so much!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
By the time I began reading this third book in the trilogy (which stands alone without the necessity of reading books one or two), I felt that I knew Karen like an old friend. Her descriptions and observations of the people and places surrounding her made me imagine I was living in the same part of rural France as her - trying out the restaurant, sitting at the cafe, the walks with the dog and the village square with its most significant building. The characters come alive too - especially the wonderful Magda, who is more than just the cleaner, and respected Delphine, who is more than just the mayoress. But above all, this is a love story of the highest magnitude - poignant, sad and uplifting in equal measures at each turn of the page. Karen bares her soul like nothing I've read before. I felt privileged to have been allowed to share Karen's most personal thoughts about her dearest friend. A magnetising read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Brilliant! Love these books!
Published 16 days ago by emmie777
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Having read her previous books, I was looking forward to catching up with her and Biff. I wasn't disappointed, excellent read, funny, sad and great insight to her life in France.
Published 18 days ago by Jackie Reynolds
5.0 out of 5 stars ... read the first two books in this series and loved the escapism...
I had read the first two books in this series and loved the escapism every time I immersed myself in the pages. Read more
Published 1 month ago by VJVT
5.0 out of 5 stars Happy, sad, poignant, lingering
one if the best series of books I have read for a long time, I hope there are more - I feel I have become a friend.
Published 1 month ago by Jane White
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Fabulous book, couldn't put it down, a must read!
Published 1 month ago by Mrs Gill Laidler
5.0 out of 5 stars Hooked from very first page
Excellent read could not put it down! Very moving. Would love to read a follow up.
Published 1 month ago by Oxted liseuse
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic!
I absolutely loved these 3 books, couldn't wait to pick them up and continue reading. I really felt part of the 'village community'. Very well written with a surprising ending.
Published 2 months ago by Patricia Farrelly
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely book - great little holiday read made me laugh and cry in ...
Lovely book - great little holiday read made me laugh and cry in equal measure. Will look forward to the next one.
Published 2 months ago by Pauly
5.0 out of 5 stars Tout Soul
Lovely. If you liked the first book you will love the second. Just the same but taking things forward.
Published 2 months ago by Mrs. P. Bailey
2.0 out of 5 stars I enjoyed one of her earlier books but this one didn't ...
I felt it was too self indulgent. I enjoyed one of her earlier books but this one didn't come up to the mark.
Published 2 months ago by Mrs J McRill
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